Subs Ramon Nuñez and David Ferreira combine to put Dallas on top
CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Aug. 21) – Despite being down a man following a second yellow card to midfielder Jackson, FC Dallas found the back of the net twice in the final four minutes of regulation to pick up a 3-1 win over Chivas USA Wednesday night.
The result snapped an 11-game winless streak for Dallas and moved the visitors back into contention for a playoff spot at 9-7-9 (36 points).
Down 1-0 in the second half, David Ferreira took advantage of Dallas’ speed on the flank, finding Fabian Castillo down the left side. Castillo beat the Chivas defense easily, then cut a pass back towards center to Blas Perez, who tucked it inside the post to knot the score at 1-1.
It looked like Dallas might have to settle for the draw when Jackson picked up his second yellow of the match after a collision with Carlos Bocanegra in the 81st minute. However, despite being down a man, Dallas continued to attack and the aggressiveness paid off with a beautiful combination in the 86th minute. Ramon Nunez played a perfect through ball to Ferreira, who calmly slid it to the outside past Kennedy and inside the far post for a 2-1 FC Dallas lead.
Not content with a single-goal lead, FC Dallas continued to press and in the 90th minute, Perez found Nunez all alone on the left side. The SMU product cut inside and hammered a curling shot to the far post for the third FC Dallas goal of the night.
FC Dallas created quality chances early on in the match, testing Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy on a couple of occasions. In the 14th minute, Blas Perez received the ball between two defenders and created space for himself, cutting back with his right foot before launching a rocket at the far post, forcing a full-stretch fingertip save from Kennedy.
In the 31st minute, Edgar Mejia tested Raul Fernandez from distance, skipping a shot to the goalkeeper’s left side. The Peruvian National Team star recovered and got low quickly to block the attempt. A few minutes later, Fernandez was stretching in the opposite direction to get a glove on a hard shot by Carlos Alvarez.
Chivas USA finally broke through in the 43rd minute when Marco Delgado chipped the ball over the Dallas back line when Bryan de la Fuente was making a perfectly timed run. De la Fuente trapped the ball with his chest before chipping the half volley over Fernandez for the opening goal of the match.
FC Dallas returns home this weekend to face San Jose Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.
FC DALLAS HEAD COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMAN
Thoughts on the game:
“It was a really strange game and a great comeback on our part. I thought we did enough things in the first half, but the chances we had, we kicked them to the stands, or made poor choices on services. I thought they moved the ball well and created some good services on us; [Chivas USA] scored a good goal. Second half, we pushed forward. This was a game we really needed, we got 11 goals without a win and we started off the season very well and it was very frustrating that we haven’t been winning. The attitude and the belief have all been dropping. We came out with three points, we were down a man, it didn’t seem like we were playing quite well and our substitutes made a difference, especially David [Ferreira] and Ramon [Nuñez]. They showed great character, great desire to win and on the road, we’ll take it.”
On ending the 11-game winless streak:
“It is a great relief. I think after the first five games that we hadn’t lost, the media kept telling me how many games we haven’t lost and when it got to 11, it affected the family, it affected the sleep, everybody because we’re really fortunate we had such a good start because it keeps us in the belief that we can still get in the playoffs. It is a great relief and we’re just so happy and proud of the players.”
On not giving up:
“Maybe in a different time and a different standing, we might’ve looked at going back with another defender and just be happy to walk away from here with one point. But those aren’t the times, it’s a time of 11 games without a win and we’ve got San Jose coming in on Saturday and we need to get a win. The whole mentality of the guys, in fact we made another offensive substitution with Ramon and that really paid off for us.”
FC DALLAS MIDFIELDER DAVID FERREIRA
Thoughts on the game:
“I feel very happy. It’s a huge joy because the team had been looking for this result for a while and we hadn’t been able to get it. Thank God that tonight we were able to earn this very important result.”
I always have that responsibility with the team. I knew that we had to get out of the situation at any given time. I think the play was very beautiful; God blessed me with the goal and it was a great joy because I haven’t scored in a while and even more because the team wasn’t earning the result that we wanted. Tonight, the score was in our favor; we were able to infiltrate, get a goal and help the team earn three very important points.”
On the team’s performance despite going a man down:
“We knew that independently from going a man down, we needed to continue fighting because we came in with the determination to get a win. We had a challenge in the game and the team didn’t give up, they kept working, looking for the goal and thank God we were able to get the result. Right now, I’m very happy but we have to turn the page and start thinking about our next game on Saturday and hopefully we can get the result that will put us among the top teams.”
FC DALLAS MIDFIELDER RAMON NUÑEZ
Thoughts on the game:
“They were much-needed three points. We’re fortunate to come out of this game and to have won the game. We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in; Chivas is always a tough opponent for Dallas, but I think we all knew the necessity of the three points and luckily we got them.”
“It was special for me because I’ve been out for a long time due to injury, that’s something of the past. And it was my first goal back from injury so it was something special in that sense and also because I was also able to help the team.”
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH JOSE LUIS REAL
Thoughts on the game:
“We went from seeing and feeling the victory very closely. I think today we had the opposite to what has happened to us when we have played with ten players. Our problem is that when we saw ourselves up a man, we approached it the wrong way with a confidence just as if we had had won the game already in that moment, and that harmed us. It happened the opposite to when we have been able to get a result being down a man. I think that the key to the game was the ejection of the opponent’s player because it was then that Chivas played a very bad last 20 minutes.”
On going ahead for 45 minutes, and playing a bad second half in general:
“I believe that’s an area where we are still seeking an answer. It looks very easy to say that the results and the only formula to have the team get some confidence is by winning. But in order to win we need to have a better management of the game. I think the response is that we have a team that doesn’t have the discipline that other teams in the League have, teams that manage the rhythm and the times of the game well. Our team is a young team. It’s a team that I have no doubt has a lot of quality, more than what the results speak up for Chivas USA. But I think the answer is clear, we can see ourselves as a team that plays well and loses a game just as we did today, because we lacked game management, because of lack of discipline and intelligence on the pitch to get the best results.”
On Bryan de la Fuente:
“Bryan is an excellent player, young. For what I have experienced in my career, I know what happens today to Marky Delgado that he didn’t have a good game when usually he does [a great job], and on the other side Bryan de la Fuente plays a game, scores a goal and had a great one. That’s a part of playing a young team. I’m happy with what Bryan did today, not only because of the goal, but for what he did during the entire game. I think that’s an area that I have had to work a lot in my career, having this type of situations, I’m not new to them, I know that playing with a young team sometimes brings bad results, just like today, but ultimately we are going to have a team with players of very high quality that little by little will have to continue acquiring experience.”
CHIVAS USA MIDFIELDER BRYAN DE LA FUENTE
Thoughts on his first match back with Chivas USA:
“It’s incredible. There are no words to describe the feeling of playing with First Team again. It’s been hard; it’s been a tough year for me. After [coming back from Mexico] and being out of contract and to come back to the team that saw me at the bottom and gave me my first chance professionally feels amazing. I used to play on the First Team with Chivas USA and to score obviously that’s a plus. It feels like something that has no words.”
On his goal:
“When I saw Marky [Delgado] I made eye contact and that happens all the time in the game. That’s the way [we communicate] because sometimes you can’t hear because of the crowd. So we made eye contact and I made the movement and he chipped the ball. I received it and shot it. First I couldn’t believe it. I thought the ball was going to go over the goal. But then when I scored I just thanked God because of the opportunity and some tears came out of my eyes.
On his performance in his return:
“To be honest I always imagined it like that since the first time I signed in 2010. Life happens so that what not my time, so I’m glad it’s happening right now and happening so fast. I’ll take it.
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN DAN KENNEDY
On giving up the lead:
“I thought that once we got a man up we were going to put ourselves in a really good position to win that game. Maybe we looked a little bit too quickly to just send numbers forward and get in the attack. They broke us down on a couple of quick counters and there you saw it, 3-1, painful.”
Thoughts on the team’s performance:
“We had Bryan de la Fuente come on and scored a goal. Marky [Delgado] played him an incredible ball. We have some young players doing a lot of really good things here. Unfortunately I think our results haven’t necessarily paid dividends to some of the work we have done. I’m disappointed but we still have 10 games left and a really important on one Sunday here and we have a big chance to win that game.”
Thoughts on the series finale:
“Coming into this game we had four points on Dallas and I was thinking ‘if you get five points against any match up in your conference it’s great and seven would be incredible.’ We definitely had the opportunity to take seven, that’s why I’m so disappointed. Even the first goal that they got – a deflection goal – so fortunate. I believe that good things happen when you shoot and that’s what I tell our attacking players to do. It was really just a fortunate bounce that went their way.”