May 12, 2014, SAN JOSE, Calif. (ISN) – FC Dallas (5-5-1, 16 points) outshot the Earthquakes 20 to seven with a one-man advantage for 45 minutes, but could not convert against a stout San Jose defense in a 2-1 loss tonight at Buck Shaw Stadium.

FC Dallas controlled possession early on and Homegrown midfielder Danny Garcia earned the visitors two free kick opportunities in the 10th and 11th minutes. Both kicks were taken by Michel and the second nearly produced a goal as center back Matt Hedges came free of his marker inside the six yard box. Unfortunately for Dallas, the service from Michel was a step behind Hedges and the young FC Dallas captain was unable to keep his header on frame.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a goal scored by Cordell Cato. The midfielder snuck in-behind the FC Dallas defense after a long ball played over the top was chipped into the space between goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and the back line by Clarence Goodson. Cato pushed the ball into space with his chest before finishing with a line-drive shot over Fernandez’s right shoulder.

Blas Perez won a clearance from Tesho Akindele in the 34th minute, turned on his defender, and played a ball into space for Fabian Castillo. The pass set up perfectly for the young Colombian and he struck it well with his first touch to force Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch to make a diving save to his right side.

The Earthquakes countered with two near goals in the 37th minute off of a corner kick. Fernandez got his right hand on the first header, pushing it towards the right post, where Michel was able to deny Goodson with a left-footed block. The rebound fell to San Jose’s Alan Gordon, who poked another shot on target but once again Michel blocked the attempt, this time with his thigh to keep the deficit at one goal.

San Jose was forced to play a man down for the remainder of the match just before halftime when Shea Salinas was whistled for a studs-up tackle on defender Zach Loyd. Loyd left the match at halftime. He was replaced by forward David Texeira as Dallas shifted to a three-back formation.  

With the advantage, FC Dallas had its first good chance in the 57th minute, when a throw-in to Hendry Thomas produced a cross that eventually found the feet of Homegrown midfielder Victor Ulloa. The Wylie, Texas, native nearly had the first goal of his career as he knocked a outward swinging shot from 25 yards off the post to Busch’s left. The rebound fell to Perez, who put a low shot on goal, but Busch made an outstanding save to keep it out of net before Castillo headed an attempt over the crossbar.

San Jose picked up its second goal of the evening after a free kick cross from 30-yards out by Sam Cronin was inadvertently knocked into the FC Dallas goal by forward David Texeira in the 73rd minute.

Michel answered three minutes later with a laser of a free kick that smacked the underside of the crossbar on its way to the back of the net but FC Dallas could not get a second goal past Busch despite a flurry of chances.

Scoring Summary:
SJ – Cordell Cato (Clarence Goodson) 25
SJ – own goal (David Texeira) 73
DAL – Michel 76

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd (David Texeira 46), Victor Ulloa, Hendry Thomas (Jair Benitez 73), Fabian Castillo, Danny Garcia, Tesho Akindele (Andrew Jacobson 89), Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead, Nicolas Walker, Adam Moffat.  

TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Michel 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Fabian Castillo 2); FOULS: 8 (Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Blas Perez 2); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Michel 10); SAVES: 3 (Raul Fernandez 3).

San Jose – Jon Busch, Brandon Barklage, Jordan Stewart, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez, Khari Stephenson (Michael Fucito 60), Sam Cronin, Cordell Cato (Ty Harden 85), Shea Salinas, Alan Gordon (J.J. Koval 56), Chris Wondolowski.

Substitutes Not Used: Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Billy Schuler, Bryan Meredith, Shaun Francis.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Alan Gordon, Chris Wondolowski, Cordell Cato 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Chris Wondolowski 2); FOULS: 16 (Jordan Stewart, Mike Fucito 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5 (Shea Salinas 4); SAVES: 4 (Jon Busch 4).

Misconduct Summary:
SJ – Jordan Stewart (caution) 14
SJ – Sam Cronin (caution) 29
SJ – Shea Salinas (ejection) 45
SJ – Cordell Cato (caution) 67
DAL – Michel (caution) 72
SJ – Michael Fucito (caution) 81

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Jeff Hosking
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Attendance: 10,525
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Sunny, 64 degrees


On result:

It’s hard to believe that we are faced with this result. The heart of the players and the desire was there; I can’t complain about it. The number of options that we created was good and we put the ball in the back of our own goal. It was a very unfortunate night for us.

On team’s effort:

At this point, it’s hard to see all of the positive things, but I’m glad that you asked me that because the way that these guys ran the field today was very well done. I have to praise my players and I back them up with all of my heart because there was nothing but effort and desire; but, oh well, we’ll take it. It’s a long season. 


On the team’s performance:

“We just had so many chances and so much possession; that’s good for us. On another day, we’re going to score a goal or two easily, but it was not falling for us so we have to keep our heads up. 

On player matchups:

We have some guys that are big and can match them that way, but we also have guys that are faster, like Fabian Castillo and myself. I feel like we can get at them on the outsides and just use our speed against them, which helped us get a lot of crosses, too.


On the physicality:

We knew coming in that it was going to be like that. I just had to tell them to do what they do. We knew what our game plan and strategy was coming in so we had to keep on playing.”

On mindset for next week:

We just have to be mad. We have to come out and work even harder against Chivas [USA]. We have to remember this result and what it felt like and use that as motivation for our next game.


On the result:

That was quite a night. I’ll use a cliché: It was the tale of two halves. I thought toward the end of the first half we played really well, got the goal and had a chance to make it two-nil. The sending off obviously changed everything. The second half was about sticking together, defending and seeing the game off. It was a long, hard-fought night and I’m really proud of our guys.

On defensive effort:

It was fantastic. We knew we would be under pressure. We knew they would be on top of us, putting balls into the box. It was about staying together, keeping our shape and staying committed for the entire second half. Our boys did excellent in the second half.

On character of the team:

It shows the character our team has. We’ve always had that, and I thought tonight was a perfect example of our character. Under extreme circumstances, all of the things that were going on, we just kept fighting and battling and I’m very proud of the guys.


On stoppage time defensive stance:

We were obviously tired and down a man so we had to have five in the back. [FC Dallas] has some really fast guys who were taking it to us, but that’s what this team is all about – grinding it out to get the win after playing two games this week and we played with a man down. You have to commend us for that. Now we have a full week to recover before we take on Seattle [Sounders FC].”

On playing opportunities:

I’m always going to go out there and play my heart out. We lost [Andreas] Gorlitz last match, which was unfortunate. Guys are going to have to step up and I’m one of those guys. We have to make the most of our chances. As a unit, we’re starting to click and it started in the second half of the last game. Then tonight, we found a little bit of rhythm and built off of it to stand our ground and get three points. 


On win:

We don’t ever make it easy. This match was a good show of character from the team. It was difficult in the second half when we were down a man, but we were resilient. Our center backs and taller guys defend the box extremely well late in the match when they had chance after chance. We’re happy to walk out of here with a win.

On Shea Salinas suspended for Seattle match:

“Shea [Salinas] is going to be tough to replace, especially with guys going down due to injury. We had a couple of guys beat up today. Alan Gordon going out, Khari [Stephenson] having to sub out. Shea brings tons of energy and pace at the wide midfield spot for us. We have to see who’s available next week to fill that void and fortunately we get a little more time to rest this week to find his replacement.