Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Ugo Ihemelu made eye contact with teammate Zach
Loyd prior to a free kick in stoppage time, and what followed was the perfect
ending for FC Dallas.
Loyd chipped a short free kick to the left side of the box in the 95th minute,
and Ihemelu jumped to meet the ball inside the 6-yard box to float a header to
the far post as FC Dallas edged the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Thursday.
"On that one we just made eye contract and he put it perfectly where he needed
to put it," Ihemelu told FSN after the match at FC Dallas Stadium.
Dallas (2-2-1) snapped a three-game winless skid and ended a two-match winning
streak for New England (2-3-0) with its first win since opening weekend.
Coach Schellas Hyndman was just minutes from settling for a tie at home, but a
foul by New England's A.J. Soares on Dallas' Blas Perez gave the hosts a final
opportunity from deep in the offensive end.
Loyd stepped up to take the free kick and placed the ball perfectly to Ihemelu
deep inside the area and the center back finished like a striker, leaving Matt
Reis no chance as the Revs goalie could only watch the ball sail into the net.
Ihemelu scored his first goal since May of last season, as Dallas earned three
crucial early-season points.
"We just found a way. Before the game, we were talking about fighting for 90
minutes, and we did that today. We played a full 90 in this game and it paid
off," Ihemelu said.
Ihemelu denied Reis his second shutout in his last three matches, and rewarded
his own goalkeeper, Kevin Hartman, with a win in his first shutout this year.
New England was shutout for the third time this year, as it failed to score in
its first two matches this season. The Revolution had rebounded with wins over
the Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy, but could not top a third Western
Conference team in a row.
Dallas has played all five of its games against Eastern Conference squads, and
will continue the stretch April 14 when it hosts the Montreal Impact.
New England has played four of its five matches against West sides, but starts
a run of two straight against the East on April 14 when it hosts D.C. United.