MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
(All times Eastern)
FC Dallas (4-9-7) at San Jose (12-4-4), 11 p.m.
Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - FC Dallas snapped a 13-game winless drought
Saturday, but now the San Jose Earthquakes await the struggling club.
Dallas downed another struggling side, the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, for its first
win since April 14, but a visit to Buck Shaw Stadium to face the best squad in
MLS could bring the club back to reality.
Coach Schellas Hyndman is still dealing with injuries to a number of players,
and 2010 league MVP David Ferreira is still regaining fitness following a long
"It doesn't seem like we've gotten very many breaks in terms of injuries.
Someone will get healthy, and then someone will go down," Dallas goalie Kevin
"Unfortunately when you're missing the amount of talent that we are missing
from injuries, it becomes more difficult to compete."
FC Dallas (4-9-7) was excited to end its skid as Hartman admitted "it has been
disappointing to put together a winless streak as long as it was," but there
was a subdued reaction after the victory.
Tied for the fewest points in the Western Conference with the Portland Timbers
- and just three points ahead of Toronto FC for the worst record in the league
- Dallas will celebrate should it beat San Jose..
"At this point," said Dallas forward Fabian Castillo, who scored the winner in
Colorado, "there was no reason to celebrate because we haven't accomplished
San Jose (12-4-4) solidified its place as the best in MLS with a 5-0 win over
Real Salt Lake last week. Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick and already has
17 goals, which is one shy of a career high.
"He's been in really good form and you saw that again," San Jose manager Frank
San Jose has been impressive at home, going 6-1-2 overall, and 6-0-2 at Buck
Shaw (it lost to the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park in March), and will be a huge
task for injury-plagued Dallas.
"It's a different team this year. We have guys on this roster that fight and
do not take any game for granted. We have been like this since the start of
the season and we are seeing the results at home," Earthquakes defender Jason
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