FC Dallas falls, 1-0, to New York


May 4, 2014, FRISCO, Texas (ISN) – FC Dallas (5-3-1, 16 points) suffered a 1-0 defeat today against the New York Red Bulls (3-2-5, 14 points) in front of 17,105 fans at Toyota Stadium.

For the second week in a row, FC Dallas was forced to play the majority of the game a man down after Je-Vaughn Watson was shown a straight red card in the 10th minute after colliding with New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill.

New York had its first shot on goal eight minutes later when Roy Miller slid a through ball inside the area to Eric Alexander. The former FC Dallas midfielder attempted to beat goalkeeper Raul Fernandez low to his left side but the Peruvian, making his first start of the season, got down to knock the ball away from danger with a diving save.

Referee Edvin Jurisevic was called into action again in the 26th minute when Fabian Castillo went by four Red Bull defenders at the top right corner of the area. The Colombian went to ground just after entering the area but instead of awarding a penalty kick, Jurisevic carded Castillo for simulation.

Despite being down a man for 35 minutes, FC Dallas nearly went ahead in the 38th minute when Homegrown midfielder Danny Garcia, who was making the first start of his career, combined to set up left back Jair Benitez. Garcia created the chance after receiving a pass from Benitez with his back to goal. The UNC and FC Dallas Academy product then spun and chipped a return pass to Benitez with his left foot that sent the defender into the area against New York goalkeeper Luis Robles. Benitez attempted to lob a shot over the shoulder of Robles but a New York defender recovered in time to block the shot out for a corner kick.

Castillo and Garcia combined down the left flank to set up Dallas’ best chance of the afternoon in the 58th minute. Castillo knocked a ball into space and Garcia caught up to the ball in the area. While shielding the ball, Garcia was knocked to the ground by Cahill and Jurisevic pointed to the spot. Blas Perez stepped up to take the free kick, hammering a line-drive to Robles’ right side but the Arizona native punched the shot over the crossbar to preserve the draw.

Victor Ulloa cracked a half-volley on goal on the ensuing corner kick, but once again Robles was in position to make the save.

New York finally broke through in the 71st minute when Thierry Henry snuck in behind the FC Dallas defense and pushed a lateral pass into the path of a late-arriving Bradley Wright-Phillips. The Englishman hit the ball to the far post with his first touch to give Red Bull the 1-0 advantage with 19 minutes remaining in the game.

With less than five minutes remaining, FC Dallas pushed additional players forward in search of a game-tying goal but could only come away with four corner kicks and one free kick, all of which were cleared away from danger by New York.

Scoring Summary:
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry) 71

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 69), Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Andrew Jacobson, Hendry Thomas, Victor Ulloa, Fabian Castillo, Danny Garcia (David Texeira 75), Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele 79).

Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Ryan Hollingshead, Adam Moffat, Nicolas Walker. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Fabian Castillo 3, Blas Perez 3, Danny Garcia 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3(Danny Garcia 2, Blas Perez 1); FOULS: 13 (Jair Benitez, Danny Garcia 3, Je-Vaughn Watson, Hendry Thomas 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Andrew Jacobson); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Fabian Castillo 3, Moises Hernandez 2); SAVES: 3 (Raul Fernandez).

New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Armando, Jamison Olave, Kosuke Kimura, Roy Miller (Ibrahim Sekagya 84), Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander, Lloyd Sam (Jonathan Steele 70), Tim Cahill (Peguy Luyindula 61), Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Connor Lade, Andre Akpan, Ruben Bover Izquierdo.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Dan McCarty 2, Thiery Henry 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander Bradley Wright-Phillips 1); FOULS: 14 (Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave 3, Armando, Tim Cahill 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Tim Cahill, Bradley Wright-Phillips 1) ; CORNER KICKS: 6 (Thierry Henry 4, Eric Alexander 3); SAVES: 3 (Luis Robles 3).

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (ejection) 10
NY – Thierry Henry (caution) 22
DAL – Fabian Castillo (caution) 26
NY – Lloyd Sam (caution) 66
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 90+3

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Craig Lowery

Fourth Official: Craig Lowery
Attendance: 17105
Time of Game: 1:52

Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…

It was a very hot day, for sure, and very disappointing.  On a day that we could have put a lot of things together, we ended up losing against New York, a team that took advantage of one opportunity in the second half to put the game away after we missed a couple of chances. That disappointment comes with playing 80 minutes with ten men. Despite that, I have to give credit to this group of players who came out to play with a lot of heart.

Did losing a player change your focus or philosophy on the game?
When you lose a man, you are definitely losing something. After the red card, I wanted to change the formation because the game required us to, but we didn’t change our focus. We had a few chances that could have given us some points, especially in the second half, where the players played much more aggressively.  It is a shame that these boys didn’t take away any points today despite their great efforts

Did you feel Mauro’s absence on the field?
Yes, we missed a couple of players, but you know, I don’t want to use that as an excuse. We didn’t get a good result for the game, but we do have good news for the club and for the team. I saw a group of young men that were battling and playing with such personality. What Danny Garcia proved today in his first game playing against New York Red Bulls was incredible. Victor Ulloa played one of his best games with an FC Dallas jersey, having come up out of our system and proving today that he is an MLS player.  All the other players, the guys who have been around, doubled their efforts. Did we miss Mauro? Yes, but today we had good news, because the boys who we saw on the field today made us proud.

On Danny Garcia’s first start…
I would have loved to have given him the opportunity where he didn’t have to carry that much of the responsibility.  Today that was not the case. The team was given to Danny today and he took that responsibility. In 10 minutes he was playing with one man down, which is even worse.  It was not an ideal scenario for him, but he proved today in those hard circumstances that he can play the game and that’s fantastic. I feel very proud of him.

On Starting Raul Fernandez…
Seitz has been carrying the responsibility for the first 8 games. Now Raul is ready. He was missing games and he accumulated some games in the reserves and he’s ready for the position. The competition is there and I chose to give Seitz a break, but also to give the opportunity to someone who has been starting for this team in well deserved situations.

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman
General thoughts on the match…
It was a great effort from all of us. We had a lot of fight in us. Everyone gave 110 percent. Being a man down we all had to work for two people. We felt like we did a good job trading some chances with them. We had opportunities to take the lead and we held them to pretty much one chance, which ended up being the goal. Overall, that was a tough one to swallow but we’re going to put it behind us and get ready for Seattle on Wednesday. 

Can you walk us through New York’s goal?
I checked, pretty tight with [Thierry] Henry. He made a hard check and spun. I ended up being a half step too late. He got position on me and played a good ball across. We almost blocked it. [Matt] Hedges was in great position. Raul [Fernandez] was in good position. It was tough. Good movement by them and definitely something I could have done better on.

Talk about today’s formation…
Today showed how much depth we have as a team. We had guys step up in so many different positions. We performed so well. Creating opportunities with 10 men in this league and having the run of play for the majority of the game, down a man, just shows the kind of personality we have as a team. We learned a little bit from last week, where we kind of sat in once we went down to 10 men. We didn’t give up here. We just kept fighting and going forward. It was a much better performance. A lot of positive you can take from today but now this one is behind us. We have a lot of games this month so we’re just going to take it one match at a time.

FC Dallas midfielder Danny Garcia
On the difference between playing a man down against D.C. last weekend and against New York this weekend…
The difference between D.C [last week] and today was that we were playing at our home field. There was more motivation. 

On playing against Thierry Henry…
It was tough. He gave me a few knocks at the beginning of the game but other than that nothing that got in the way. I just tried to look at him as just another player in the game. 

When you got on the field did it feel like just another game [even though you were making your MLS debut]?
It felt different at the beginning. After 10 minutes, it went away. It just felt like another game. 

You took a few hits, was that something you were expecting?
Yea. Playing that position, you’re always going to get a few knocks. You’re going to get fouled. I’m used to it. 

What was your game plan in the attack?
Get the ball, turn around, get it to Fabi [Fabian Castillo] or to Blas [Perez]. I was hoping to feed it to Je-Vaughn [Watson] but… Things happened in the game and there’s nothing we could do about it. Basically, I was just trying to help my teammates win and put them in a position to score a goal. 

FC Dallas right back Andrew Jacobson
General thoughts on the match…
It’s disappointing. We played down a man for a long time. When that happens, all you try to do is give yourself a chance to win and I thought we did that. We defended well. The goal New York scored was maybe their only real chance. We gave ourselves a chance to get three points.

On Danny Garcia…
I thought Danny was fantastic. We know because we train with him every day, that’s what he does. That is what we expected out of him. That is his game. He wasn’t playing above himself. That is just what he does. Today he got an opportunity and he took it. I think today will lead to more opportunities for him.

Red Bull New York Head Coach Mike Petke

On today’s game…

My hat’s off to my team and FC Dallas players playing in these conditions, I thought those days of playing in these conditions at these times were behind us, it was unhealthy and unsafe to play

On Luis Robles Penalty Kick save…

Luis saved us today, it was a phenomenal save.

Red Bull New York Forward Thierry Henry

On Playing in the heat…

Well, it’s definitely tough for us, but it’s a football game. We had to play better than what we did. At the end of the day we won, a good win for us, but I don’t think Dallas deserved to lose.

On Dallas playing with 10 men…

The whole team, they were passing the ball on the ground and played well. They played a lot better than us with 10 men.

On the performance of Goalkeeper Luis Robles…

He kept us in the game when we didn’t deserve to be still at nil-nil, but we managed to win the game.

Red Bull New York Midfielder Tim Cahill

Playing against 10 men…

I thought we were excellent, I thought Luis (Robles) made a fantastic save, and overall it was going to be difficult playing against 10 men in this heat. They’re definitely a good team, one of the toughest we’ve played against so far this season, but the way we apply ourselves, and we applied ourselves well, we got the three points, which is the most important thing.

On the conditions…

You’ve got to give this team credit. They play here in this weather week in, week out. They’re a fit bunch of boys, and they have to get through games at a higher intensity than other teams to win, especially in this heat. It was a shock to our system, but overall, for us we keep the ball rolling and we keep ourselves in great shape. Three wins and a draw in the last four games so we’re looking forward to the next game and, hopefully, all of us can be fit to contribute too.

Red Bull New York Midfielder Dax McCarty

On his assist on the Bradley Wright-Phillips goal…

It bounced to me and I took a pretty good touch forward, like Thierry (Henry) does so many times, he spun off the back shoulder of his defender and I just tried to play the ball into his path. If you can get it to him in that position, behind the defense, he’s always going to make a play, and he made a great pass to Bradley (Wright-Phillips) and Bradley did what he’s been doing the past couple weeks,  just being deadly in the box and obviously it was an important goal because it was the game winner.

On the “chippiness” of the game…
It’s a combination of things, the stone cold red card, obviously. I’ve seen the replay. Extremely dangerous play and I think for the most part, in the first half it was just really chippy and the ref was calling it. Calling it a lot both ways. Calling little fouls that might not have been fouls. Then, in the second half, he just kind of swallowed his whistle and didn’t call anything. Obviously, Luis (Robles) comes up huge on the penalty kick save, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t have been a penalty kick because one of our players got fouled in the lead up to that play. So you just look at these things and you just want consistency, but he was a little inconsistent for both teams today. I thought Dallas was very physical. They do a lot of stuff off the ball that you don’t necessarily want to see in the game. It was a good result for us. Good fight from the guys. We don’t care if it’s pretty, that’s not for us to do.

On the field conditions…

If I’m being completely honest, the worst pitch we’ve played on in MLS this year. Very, very, very bad field. Bumpy, hard, dry. They watered it and it dries after five minutes. I guess that’s not necessarily their fault. The weather made it like that. Really disappointed in the quality of the field. Both teams had to play on it.

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