PREVIEW: Crew vs. FC Dallas
A pair of clubs coming off fireworks displays in victories meet on
Independence Day weekend as FC Dallas play host to the Columbus Crew. FC
Dallas scored the most goals by the club in two seasons in a 4-0
victory against the Portland Timbers last weekend. The Crew also
exploded for a four-goal performance in their last match, a victory
against the Colorado Rapids at Crew Stadium.
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REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. SAR (bench): Bill Dittmar; JAR (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Mark Declouet
MLS Career: 61 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 18; pens: 17
INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Maykel Galindo (R hamstring strain) …
COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral
tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring
strain); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L
quad strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery);
QUESTIONABLE: DF Julius James (R adductor strain); PROBABLE: GK William
Hesmer (neck spasms)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Fabian Castillo (Colombia U-20)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CLB: Emmanuel Ekpo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Zach Loyd … CLB: Kevin Burns, Tommy Heinemann, Julius James
ALL-TIME (39 meetings): Crew 16 wins (1 shootout), 54 goals … FC Dallas 15 wins (1 shootout), 53 goals … Ties 8
AT DALLAS (18 meetings): FC Dallas 11 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals… Crew 5 wins (1 shootout), 20 goals… Ties 2
• Second-half goals from Mendoza and Eddie Gaven gave the Crew a 2-0
victory in the first meeting between the teams, April 1 in Columbus.
• The Crew haven’t won at Pizza Hut Park since a 2-1 victory, Aug. 30, 2008.
• FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, the Crew winning the next two meetings before last year’s tie.
• Coaches record: Schellas Hyndman v CLB: P7 W1 L4 D2 … Robert Warzycha vs. DAL: P7 W3 L2 D2
4/1: CLB 2, DAL 0 (Mendoza 54; Gaven 91+)
• The game turned for the visitors shortly after the opening
half-hour, when Jackson was sent off in the 33rd minute for a pair of
cautions a minute apart.
• The Crew then took the lead in the 54th minute. Following a nice
buildup, Emmanuel Ekpo was sprung on the right flank and found Andres
Mendoza in the area. He then put the ball under the left arm of diving
goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
• Columbus finished off the match in the first minute of added time
when Eddie Gaven coolly cut back onto his left foot and stroked home a
shot from just outside the area.
• COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): William Hesmer – Sebastian Miranda, Chad
Marshall, Julius James, Rich Balchan – Kevin Burns, Dejan Rusmir (Emilio
Renteria 46) – Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo (Dilly Duka 85), Robbie
Rogers - Andres Mendoza (Jeff Cunningham 60)
• FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Kevin Hartman – Ugo Ihemelu, George John,
Brek Shea, Jair Benitez - Daniel Hernandez, Jackson Goncalves (sent off
33) – Marvin Chavez (Zach Loyd 78), David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo
(Milton Rodriguez 78) – Ruben Luna.
FC Dallas won for a second match on the trot, rolling to a 4-0 victory
against the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD
has 31 points from 15 games on the season, in a tie for second place in
the Western Conference.
• FC Dallas had a two-goal lead before halftime. In the 33rd minute,
Zach Loyd headed home his first career goal off a Daniel Hernandez
corner kick. Center back George John followed suit five minutes later —
also with a header from a Hernandez corner.
• FCD made it 3-0 in the 58th minute. Right back Jackson laced a
through-ball to Eric Alexander, who fired at Timbers goalkeeper Troy
Perkins. The ball rolled away from Perkins' dive and hit the far post,
leaving Shea with an open goal to tap home.
• Five minutes before full time, Jackson provided the knockout
punch. Perkins parried his long-range blast into the air, but the ball
looped high then fell into the goal, adjudged to have crossed the line
just before Ruben Luna finished it off with a header to the back of the
• FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made one change to the team
that got a late goal for a 2-1 win against Chivas USA at The Home Depot
Center. Jackson came into the team for Fabian Castillo.
• FC DALLAS (4-4-2): Kevin Hartman - Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo
Ihemelu, Jair Benitez - Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 76), Daniel
Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson (Bobby Warshaw 68), Jackson Goncalves -
Marvin Chavez (Ruben Luna 78), Brek Shea.
• FC Dallas scored more than three goals in a game for the first time since Sept. 12, 2009, a 6-3 win against the LA Galaxy.
• “I think all of our players really stepped up tonight,” said FC
Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “I think everybody had a good game,
and I think we need those type of performances to continue to get those
• With striker Fabian Castillo training with Colombia’s under-20
national team in advance of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Hyndman was again
forced to reconfigure his attack.
• “We went with one striker, Chavez who worked hard and made those
runs. I thought Jackson and Brek had good performances on the flanks,”
Hyndman said. “In the second half, Eric Alexander came to light with
some nice runs and penetrating passes. Our defense had a shutout. [It
was] just a very, very good team performance.”
• In addition, Jackson moved into a midfield role, his first start
since May 28. He had played primarily as a fullback in each of his
previous appearances this season.
• “He was a player that when we brought him from Brazil, he was a
midfielder,” said Hyndman. “Probably his best position is flank midfield
and tonight he really showed it.”
• Including Jackson’s late strike, three of the FC Dallas goals were scored by players listed as defenders.
• “We seem to do really well when our defenders score a goal. I
think there is a lot of determination. The guys rally around it,”
Hyndman said. “Our defense showed great determination. When you look at
the night Kenny (Cooper) had tonight was really not effective.
Everywhere he went there was someone determined to stop him from getting
a shot off.”
• FC Dallas also scored two goals from corner kicks, giving them
five on the season from corners, second-most in MLS (along with Chivas
USA) behind Seattle Sounders FC (7).
• “We made a change with Daniel Hernandez on services. Those two
goals were great. I didn’t think we were getting the best out of
services and we wanted to put someone there who could knock a dangerous
ball in,” Hyndman said.
• On Tuesday, a late Milton Rodriguez goal gave FC Dallas a 3-2 win
against USL PRO Orlando City Blues in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open
Cup. Goals from Jackson (39) and Ricardo Villar (50) answered a Max
Griffin goal for Orlando, then a stoppage-time goal from Yordany Alvarez
tied the game before Rodriguez’s heroics minutes later.
• Here’s the FCD team: Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd (Bruno Guarda 68),
Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Wiedeman, Jair Benitez, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew
Jacobson (Eric Alexander 46), Ricardo Villar, Jackson, Brek Shea, Ruben
Luna (Milton Rodriguez 52).
The Columbus Crew won their consecutive match in impressive fashion,
easing to a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday evening at
Crew Stadium. The Crew have 24 points from 16 games on the season, in a
tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.
• The Rapids took the lead after just five minutes, when Conor Casey
executed a perfect snap header from Jamie Smith’s corner kick.
• But the Crew were in the lead not long after. Eddie Gaven took the
ball from Scott Palguta at midfield and went solo to the penalty area
before cutting right and sliding a shot inside the far netting in the
12th minute. Then Andres Mendoza took advantage of an errant back pass
in the 18th minute and rocketed an 18-yarder off the crossbar and into
• The match turned for good in the 29th minute when Casey was sent
off by referee Andrew Chapin after lunging for a 50-50 ball with William
Hesmer as the Crew goalkeeper went to the ground.
• The Crew broke the game open after the break. Defender Chad
Marshall’s clearance from in front of goal bounced over Rapids defender
Kosuke Kimura near midfield, and Mendoza raced in alone, ripping a snap
shot from 18 yards (47).
• Then nine minutes later, a Gaven cross from the right side
deflected off Tyrone Marshall and fell kindly to Tommy Heinemann. His
one-time shot bounced once, but goalkeeper Matt Pickens could only get a
piece of the shot before it trickled in over the line.
• Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made one change to the team that
knocked off the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Robertson Stadium. Andy Iro came
into central defense for Julius James.
• COLUMBUS CREW (4-1-3-2): William Hesmer - Sebastian Miranda, Chad
Marshall, Andy Iro, Josh Gardner - Rich Balchan - Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel
Ekpo (Eric Gehrig 85), Bernardo Anor - Tommy Heinemann (Jeff Cunningham
68), Andres Mendoza (Justin Meram 67).
• The Crew scored four goals in a game for the first time since a
4-0 win against New England on Sept. 6, 2008. They also played with a
man advantage for the seventh time this season after an opponent’s red
• “We had a good performance in Houston. We scored two goals and
didn’t give up any,” Crew head coach Robert Warzycha said. “We had a
good performance tonight against the current MLS champions, and to be
able to score four goals and dominate the game is very encouraging going
• The Crew once again allowed a goal in the opening 10 minutes of a
game. They’ve allowed five in the opening quarter-hour, third-most in
MLS, behind Toronto FC (8) and Portland Timbers (6).
• “You don’t want to give up early goals it is not something we
practice but it happens,” Warzycha said. “It’s happened to us quite
often but it showed the real character of this team how we are able to
fight back. I think the goal was a wakeup call because we started a bit
slow and after that we picked up the tempo and scored another two
• Andres Mendoza has now scored six goals in the last seven games,
his seven goals now one behind the league lead held by Charlie Davies
(DC), Landon Donovan (LA) and Thierry Henry (NY).
• “The important thing is that we scored and got the three points. I
scored two but Eddie and Tommy scored too. I always start thinking
about one then the second came.” Mendoza said.
• Tommy Heinemann scored his first MLS goal, making a fifth start in the last seven games.
• “We drafted them to put them on the field. Obviously they are
doing well enough to be on the field. It’s a new group that is fresh,
very athletic and you see they blend very well into the team,” said
Warzycha. “They are very responsible and leave everything on the field.
With the veterans that we have, they make a good mix.”
• Andy Iro made his first start of the season at center back, as
Julius James was unavailable after suffering an adductor injury.
• On Tuesday, the Crew were the only MLS team to go down to defeat
in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup, falling 2-1 to USL PRO side
Richmond Kickers. After Nozomi Hiroyama gave the Kickers a 20th-minute
lead, Cole Grossman equalized for Columbus 15 minutes later, but Matthew
Delicate hit for the match-winner five minutes from the end.
• Here’s the Crew team: Andy Gruenebaum, Korey Veeder (Andy Iro 88),
Eric Gehrig, Kevin Burns, Danny O'Rourke, Santiago Prim (Tommy
Heinemann 59), Cole Grossman, Dejan Rusmir, Robbie Rogers (Bernardo Anor
87), Justin Meram, Jeff Cunningham.