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Saturday, May 17, 2014
(All times Eastern)
Chivas USA (2-5-3) at FC Dallas (5-5-1), 8:30 p.m.
Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas will attempt to snap a four-game
losing skid against Chivas USA at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, and is hoping
that some improved luck will help them accomplish that goal.
Oscar Pareja's team has lost three straight one-goal games, and maybe the most
frustrating of them occurred last time out in a 2-1 defeat at San Jose.
Dallas fell behind in the 25th minute to a goal from Cordell Cato, but
received a boost when the Earthquakes were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of
halftime due to a red card for Shea Salinas.
FCD dominated the final 45 minutes, but a David Texeira own goal in the 73rd
handed San Jose a 2-0 lead before Michel pulled a goal back in the 76th for
However, the Hoops were unable to find a second goal, leaving plenty of
frustration in the FCD dressing room.
"It's obviously frustrating because we feel like we did well in those three
matches and even against New York with 10 men we did well," said midfielder
Victor Ulloa of his team's recent struggles. "It's frustrating because we know
we deserved more, but that's the game and sometimes you deserve it and don't
get it. We just need to stick together and keep going together in one
Chivas is a team that knows a thing or two about struggling, but the Goats are
coming into Saturday's fixture having snapped an eight-game winless run with a
3-1 victory at Colorado last weekend.
Following a 0-0 first half in snowy conditions at Dick's Sporting Goods Park,
Chivas netted three goals in the span of 20 minutes with the first coming from
Erick Torres before Marvin Chavez came off the bench to score twice in his
Colorado's Deshorn Brown scored in the dying minutes to prevent Chivas from
keeping its first clean sheet of the season, but the win was a big step for
Chivas as the club continues to come together.
"The most important thing is just staying together," said Chivas midfielder
Eric Avila. "We accomplished that on the away trip and we figured out ways
where we do need to punish [opponents], we need to go forward. Coming into
this game versus Dallas I think it's a main key for us to stay together."
05/16 13:39:35 ET