MLS Game Summary - New York at Dallas|
(Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New York 2, Dallas 2
Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - FC Dallas battled to a 2-2 draw with Red Bull
New York in Major League Soccer action at Pizza Hut Park on Thursday night.
With the draw, its league-leading 12th of the season, FCD (10-2-12) is now
unbeaten in its last 15 MLS fixtures, including its last seven at home. On top
of that, the home side set a franchise record with 414 minutes without
allowing a goal over the last four-and-a-half games.
While it was a draw at home, it felt like a win for the Hoops after attacker
Brek Shea earned a straight red card just before the half-hour mark, forcing
his team to play more than an hour down a man.
New York (12-8-5), on the other hand, was disappointed with the result,
especially considering its advantage after the Shea ejection, as it now sits
three points behind Columbus in the Eastern table, with the Crew having a game
The game's first chance belonged to New York midfielder Dane Richards, who
sped up the wing and cut into the FCD penalty area past defenders Jair Benitez
and Zach Loyd before firing a low shot that FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
parried off the post and out-of-bounds in the ninth minute.
New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul came out to knock the ball away from Shea,
who was in on a breakaway in the 11th minute for the home side's first
Richards was denied again just two minutes later when his bouncing volley of
a Thierry Henry feed was headed off the line by rookie midfielder Eric
It was Dallas who struck first in the 23rd minute when defender Heath Pearce
curled a service into the area to Alexander, who headed the ball to Milton
Rodriguez for an easy header into the net. It was Rodriguez' second goal of
the season since joining the team in the summer transfer window.
Then things went south for the home team.
First team captain Daniel Hernandez went down with a hamstring injury in the
26th minute, then Shea was shown a straight red for a hard tackle to the
back of the legs of New York defender Chris Albright.
New York was able to take advantage of the extra man in first-half stoppage
time when Joel Lindpere ran onto a ball behind the defense on the right side
before playing a square ball on the ground across the face of goal to Mehdi
Ballouchy, who was making his Red Bull debut after coming over in a mid-week
trade with Colorado. Ballouchy then powered the shot past Hartman from close
range to tie the game at one with his fourth of the season.
FCD suffered another injury blow just after the goal when Henry kicked the
ball away from Hartman, which apparently tweaked the veteran 'keeper's knee,
forcing him from the game. Veteran Dario Sala came on in relief in the second
But it was Dallas, not New York, that came out in the second half looking like
the team that was playing up a man.
Alexander found Atiba Harris making a run into the New York penalty area in
the opening seconds, but central defender Tim Ream made a last-minute tackle
to deny the shot.
Alexander cut inside and lashed a left-footed shot off the far post in the
53rd minute as the game remained tied at one.
Alexander finally broke through in the 68th when he scooped up a loose ball in
the midfield and went right through the Red Bull defense before firing a shot
past Coundoul inside the near post for a 2-1 advantage for the home side.
It was the rookie's second goal of the season.
But New York equalized in the 82nd minute when Benitez headed a Lindpere
service in the direction of Juan Pablo Angel, into his own net.
Coundoul made a big save on Atiba Harris, who one-timed a David Ferreira
service in the area, to preserve the tie for New York in the closing minutes.
New York now gears up for a star-studded clash with the Los Angeles Galaxy on
Sept. 24, while Dallas hosts New England on Wednesday in its next MLS fixture.
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