May 17, 2014, FRISCO, Texas (ISN) – FC Dallas (5-5-2, 17 points) gave up a second-half goal to Chivas USA’s Marco Delgado but found a way to salvage a point as Fabian Castillo netted his third goal of the year in a 1-1 draw tonight at Toyota Stadium.

FC Dallas controlled possession throughout the first 18 minutes of the match, aided by Chivas USA, which was content to defend in numbers and wait for a counterattack. The visitors’ first opportunity came in the 19th minute when Leandro Barrera turned his defender and appeared to be in on goal. But FC Dallas right back Zach Loyd snuffed out the chance with a well-timed slide tackle.

The match began to open up around the 30th minute, when Chivas USA earned a corner kick. FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez came off his line to grab the ball and spread it wide to Michel on the left flank. The Brazilian lobbed a ball across the area that was headed on target by Jamaican Je-Vaughn Watson, but Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was in position to make a simple save.

Three-minutes later, FC Dallas earned a corner of its own and was unlucky not to pick up a goal on the play when Michel struck a perfect in-swinging cross to the head of FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges. The 24-year-old snapped a header on frame from close range but once again Kennedy was in position to make a play on the ball, knocking it down in front of him before defender Eric Avila ushered it away from danger. 

The second half began much like the first, in which FC Dallas controlled possession 63-37, but Chivas USA saw its chance to go-ahead and took it in the 60th minute when Martin Rivero switched the ball to the far corner of the area, where Mauro Rosales was able to bring the long pass down in stride. Rosales went past his defender, walked down the end line and delivered a sharp pass into the center of the six-yard box for Delgado, who finished with his first touch, just inside the post.

Chivas USA nearly went ahead 2-0 in the 71st minute when Rivero found himself with ample time and space at the top of the box. The Argentinean attempted to beat Fernandez low to his left side, but the FC Dallas goalkeeper made an outstanding save to push the ball wide of the post. 

Following the goal, FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja brought on additional firepower in David Texeira and Andres Escobar but the equalizer came from Castillo, who battled through an injury to remain in the game in the 78th minute and scored in the 83rd.

The service came from Jair Benitez, who sent in the first cross from a corner kick, then found the ball at his feet again following a failed clearance attempt by Chivas USA. Benitez’s second ball looked destined for Blas Perez, but the striker jumped out of the way at the last second to let the pass continue on into the six-yard box. Castillo was there to collect the cross and slip a quick shot past Kennedy to make the final score, 1-1.

Scoring Summary:
CHV – Marco Delgado (Mauro Rosales, Martin Rivero) 60
DAL – Fabian Castillo (Jair Benitez) 83

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel (David Texeira 69), Matt Hedges, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat (Andres Escobar 64), Je-Vaughn Watson, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Danny Garcia, Andrew Jacobson, Walker Zimmerman. 

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Fabian Castillo, Jair Benitez 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson 2); FOULS: 10 (Adam Moffat, Blas Perez 2); OFFSIDES: 9 (Fabian Castillo 4); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Michel 2); SAVES: 1 (Raul Fernandez 1).

Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Eric Avila, Donny Toia, Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Burling, Mauro Rosales (Eriq Zavaleta 87), Oswaldo Minda (Eriq Zavaleta 88), Martin Rivero, Marco Delgado, Leandro Barrera (Carlos Alvarez 62), Erick Torres (Ryan Finley 79).

Substitutes Not Used: Tony Lochhead, Agustin Pelletieri, Tim Mela, Kristopher Tyrpak.

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Martin Rivero 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Martin Rivero, Martin Degado 1); FOULS: 13 (Martin Rivero 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Erick Torres, Marco Delgado 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Rosales 2); SAVES: 4 (Dan Kennedy 4).

Misconduct Summary:
CHV – Marco Delgado (caution) 43
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 77
CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution) 88
CHV – Dan Kennedy (caution) 90+3

Referee: Drew Fisher
Referee’s Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Gianni Facchini
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath

Attendance: 15,039
Time of Game: 1:52

Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…
Obviously on a night where we were expecting to get three points, tonight was a disappointment for the team. We were hoping to get out of the struggle we’ve had during the last week and a half. The game became complicated after Chivas scored in the second half.  During the first half we managed the game. We had some options, even if it was without the penetration that I would have liked to see from this team, but the game was controlled and we were waiting to get a real opportunity. 

I knew since the first minute that Chivas was going to sit back and wait for any mistake in the back from us and that’s what happened in the second half.  We still had the character to come back to score a goal and had a couple of options that could have given us the three points.  I know my players and I know that the disappointment is there.

What did you see from the team tonight and do you see progress for the team going forwardI see a team that sat back and I can’t question that because that’s a fair strategy for any team. It’s a way to get points sometimes. You’re sitting back waiting for the other team to make a mistake and that’s valid. We always had the initiative to play and we tried to somehow make up for the absences that we had in key plays that made us different and more dangerous in the last third. Chivas was a good rival today and they had a good system and plan.

Formation change
We need some feet in the middle and we found those feet with Jair. He’s not going to be very consistent, for sure, because it’s not his natural position, but we wanted to have someone who could penetrate some balls in. We wanted to stretch this team. We knew that they were going to sit back and having Fabian up top with Blas and give him some pressure and some solutions for us.

We had a couple of sequences where we got what we wanted. It was not very fluid or very constant but we saw it. Obviously you saw the first half and the second half were the same.

Adam Moffatt
I thought [Adam Moffatt] worked hard and he, along with Victor, took control of the core of the field the whole time. It took us a little longer than we wanted to spread the ball quickly from the middle, but they did a good job. What I asked them to do, they did.

Fabian Castillo
Fabian is a young man still who is getting mature and gaining experience. Today when he was off the field, he was brave enough to be back because he knew that his team needed him and I thought that the game gave him the chance.  That just shows the commitment that he has and I will always support the guys in these kind of actions.

FC Dallas forward Fabian Castillo
On his goal…
Jair [Benitez] took the corner kick and had it come back out to him. He put a good ball in and Matt [Hedges] let it run on to me. It was right there for me to finish it. 

On scoring his first goal since the last time he played against Chivas USA…
I don’t know what it is but every time I play against coaches that are Colombians, I score. I scored the last time we played against Chivas USA [coached by Wilmer Cabarrea] and when Oscar Pareja was coaching Colorado, I scored as well.

FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa
On seeing a lot of minutes lately…
I’m happy that coach is playing me and I got another 90 minutes. Unfortunately we tied. It’s a sour tie. We wish we could have gotten more but we’ll take a point. We’ll remember this point for sure. 

What are the things about this game that stick out to you?
From the beginning of the match, Chivas USA sat back. I think everybody noticed. It was tough for us to break them down. The goal they scored was just a miscue from us. It was a tough game. 

On playing with several different players in the midfield in the past few weeks…
I have been paired with [Hendry] Thomas the whole time but I feel the same [playing alongside Adam Moffat]. We all know our jobs. We have a lot of depth on our roster. I felt comfortable. I thought we did well. 

Talk about the differences playing in a 4-4-2 tonight rather than a 4-5-1…
Yea, the game plan was a little bit different. Fabian [Castillo] was playing as more of a striker. We came out like that based on the video that we watched this week. We tried something different but I think overall the team was the same. We had the same discipline.  We had the same concepts. 

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
General thoughts on the match…
We got a point. We got off the unlucky 16 points so… We’re moving on. Getting one point is obviously better than losing. We were down a goal, so it’s good. We’re just looking to get three points each time out. We could have gotten it today.

On playing next to Stephen Keel again…
Yea, I felt comfortable. We form a solid partnership.

On Chivas USA’s goal…
I hesitated when [Mauro Rosales] was dribbling towards goal. I was deciding whether to go or stay and once I took a step towards the ball, he played it to [Marco Delgado]. He knew I was about to commit. I tried to make a challenge on the ball, tried to step out but he played a nice ball. It’s frustrating but we just have to keep going.

Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrerra
On Tonight’s game…
We’re happy because it was very good work on the field throughout 90 minutes. It was a very solid team, very organized, disciplined and there wasn’t any moment we felt Dallas was coming after us with too many opportunities. We’re sad because we spoke about set pieces and one of the strengths from them was set pieces, but it’s not easy to get a point on the road and we have gotten four points in the last two games on the road so it is important to continue believing in what we do, and for the players to continue working.

On Marky Delgado’s first MLS goal…
I know Marky since he was in the residency program and he is a good player. He’s getting more mature, he’s getting there, getting better, and that is important for him and for the whole team. Marky scored but the whole team was working to give the opportunity, to provide that opportunity.

Chivas USA Forward Marky Delgado
On his first MLS goal…
It feels great. I’ve worked hard all my life, ever since I was a youngin’ to get to this point, and to finally get my first MLS goal, I couldn’t really celebrate. I didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to go down in tears, but it’s during the game. It’s a dream come true to me. I’ve worked hard and my parents’ support got me here, and without them I couldn’t be here.

Chivas USA Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy
On getting a point tonight…
Fantastic result for us. Two-game road trip and we got four points in total, so it’s really a great step for our team and something to build off of. We don’t like conceding goals, but given the circumstances, we’ll take a tie in that game.

On defending FC Dallas set pieces…
We wanted to avoid it by not giving away silly fouls and not conceding corner kicks. I guess the play they scored on started on a set piece, we did clear our box, we just couldn’t quite get the line up because the clearance was wide. I thought, in general, we did a good job dealing with their set pieces and we’re going to move forward with this result.