MLS Game Summary - Dallas at New England|
(Saturday, April 4, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New England 2, Dallas 1
Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Revolution improved to 9-5-0
all-time in their home opener as they downed Western Conference bottom-feeder
FC Dallas, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
Second-half goals by young winger Sainey Nyassi and versatile veteran Steve
Ralston were enough for the Revs (2-0-1) to overcome a first-half deficit and
earn the victory, their sixth straight over Dallas.
With the win, New England takes over the top spot in the Eastern Conference
table, two points up on D.C. United - which beat Houston on Saturday - ahead
of the league's Sunday fixtures.
Dallas (0-3-0) got the game's first goal in the 38th minute when striker Kenny
Cooper redirected a Dave van den Bergh cross into the net from close range. It
was the struggling side's first goal since the 9th minute of its first game of
the season on March 21. Cooper scored that goal as well.
The Revolution made a tactical switch to start the second half, bringing in
Ralston for his first action of the season and sending off fullback Chris
Tierney. Ralston, who was injured in preseason, took his normal spot in the
attacking midfield role and helped the Revs generate a far more consistent
attack after the break.
The home side was finally able to capitalize on a chance in the 56th minute
when Shalrie Joseph switched the field to Nyassi on the right wing. The young
Gambian took on rookie defender George John before cutting inside and
unleashing a left-footed laser from about 20-yards out that beat goalkeeper
Ray Burse to tie the game at one.
Ralston scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 80th minute after
referee Silviu Petrescu ruled that John took down Revs striker Kheli Dube in
the penalty area.
Ralston cooly slotted the chance past Burse for his first goal of the season.
Dallas will try to earn its first win of the season when it travels to take on
Toronto FC next Saturday, while New England plays at D.C. United on April 17
in its next league fixture.
04/04 21:56:19 ET