Playoff clubs a year ago, both the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas are looking for their first victory of the season when the clubs meet Friday night at Crew Stadium. The Crew are home for a second consecutive game, after gaining their first point in a draw with New York last week. FC Dallas are on the road for the first time, dropping their first contest of the season last weekend to San Jose.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): C.J. Morgante; JAR (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: Jasen Anno MLS Career: 108 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 27; pens: 39
INJURY REPORT: COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: GK Andy Gruenebaum (R adductor strain) ... FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Kyle Davies (L ankle surgery recovery); DF Edson Edward (ACL tear)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Korey Veeder (U.S. U-20s) ... DAL: Moises Hernandez (U.S. U-20s)
ALL-TIME (38 meetings): Crew 15 wins (1 shootout), 52 goals ... FC Dallas 15 wins (1 shootout), 53 goals ... Ties 8
AT COLUMBUS (20 meetings): Crew 10 wins (0 shootout), 32 goals... FC Dallas 4 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals... Ties 6
RETURN MATCH: 7/2: FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew, 9 p.m.
LAST YEAR (MLS):
4/10: DAL 2, CLB 2 (Cunningham 29; Avila 90 – Moffat 52; Barros Schelotto 82)
8/28: CLB 0, DAL 0
- The all-time series is deadlocked, with each team having won 15 matches, with 8 draws. Dallas has scored one more goal in the 38 meetings, 53-52.
- FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, the Crew winning the next two meetings before last year’s tie.
- The Crew haven’t won at Pizza Hut Park since a 2-1 victory, Aug. 30, 2008.
- Coaches record: Robert Warzycha vs. DAL: P6 W2 L2 D2 ... Schellas Hyndman v CLB: P6 W1 L3 D2
The Columbus Crew gained their first result of the season, playing to a scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Crew Stadium. The Crew have 1 point from 2 games on the season.
- Facing a makeshift Red Bulls side forced to make six changes through international duty and injury, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer was called upon to make two saves.
- Red Bulls goalkeeper Alex Horwath, who signed with the club Friday, made his MLS debut between the posts and recorded five saves.
- Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made two changes to the team that fell 3-1 to D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kevin Burns and Robbie Rogers came into the team with Dilly Duka and Jeff Cunningham going to the substitutes’ bench.
- COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): William Hesmer - Rich Balchan, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Sebastian Miranda - Kevin Burns, Dejan Rusmir (Dilly Duka 56) - Eddie Gaven (Tommy Heinemann 73), Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers (Bernardo Anor 64) - Andres Mendoza
A season ago, the Crew opened with eight games unbeaten (6-0-2). But in 2009, they were winless in the first seven games of the season (0-2-5).
- "We all know we can play much, much better than this," Eddie Gaven said to the Columbus Dispatch. "Playing the first game at home, we felt like we should have put on a better performance than we did. We all know we have a good team here, but unfortunately we haven't really showed that yet."
- The Crew still have yet to score from open play on the season; the lone goal came on a penalty kick.
- “If you don’t shoot, you don’t score,” Warzycha said. “It’s as simple as that. We had opportunities in the second half, probably two or three times where somebody could have pulled the trigger.”
- With Emilio Renteria still out with a hamstring injury, Warzycha put Jeff Cunningham on the substitutes’ bench and moved Emmanuel Ekpo to a withdrawn attacking role underneath Andres Mendoza. Ekpo had played a more attacking midfield role against D.C. United.
- “If you look at the two games, we definitely had more success playing with one striker and Ekpo behind him,” Warzycha said. “We pressured them higher. We’ll see this week [at practice] how we’ll play. We’ll try both things and now we have [Rentería] coming back.”
- After coming on as a substitute in the season-opening loss, Robbie Rogers was a starter in a wide midfield role, playing 64 minutes.
- “[Rogers] was active in the beginning and also in the second half but we wanted to change the game with fresh legs and going after defenders,” Warzycha said.
- Rookie Bernardo Anor made his MLS debut, coming on for Rogers in the 64th minute. “I was mentally prepared,” he said. “When I’m on the bench I hear the crowd, but when I’m about to get in I am focusing on keeping things simple and doing my best. I felt pretty good to finally get some playing time. I have put in a lot of effort with the team.”
FC Dallas went down to defeat for the first time in 2011, falling 2-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD has 1 point from 2 games on the season.
- In the fifth minute, Chris Wondolowski opened his 2011 account after chesting down a Chris Leitch pass just inside the Dallas 18-yard box. He spun to his left and hit a side-winding volley past a diving Kevin Hartman.
- Wondolowski completed his double in the 23rd minute. A half-cleared ball into the box fell to Joey Gjertsen on the left edge of the area. Gjertsen then floated another cross to the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, who had no trouble flicking a header past Hartman.
- FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made two changes to the team that reached a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Pizza Hut Park. Jair Benitez came into the back four for the suspended Brek Shea, and Ricardo Villar came in on the wing for Eric Avila.
- FC DALLAS (4-1-4-1): Kevin Hartman - Jackson Goncalves (Ruben Luna 74), George John, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez - Daniel Hernandez - Ricardo Villar (Fabian Castillo 57), Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 62), David Ferreira, Marvin Chavez - Milton Rodriguez.
- With Brek Shea suspended after being sent off in the season opener, Hyndman moved Zach Loyd into central defense alongside George John. Ugo Ihemelu, who came on as a substitute in the season opener, did not figure in the contest.
- “On both goals, both of those defenders were too far away,” said Hyndman. “Their responsibility is to stop shots, stop penetration, stop runners from running through them, and I thought that those two situations, they left them too free. We have seen them both play better than that.”
- FC Dallas lost for the first time at home since a 1-0 defeat by the LA Galaxy last May 20.
- FC Dallas also conceded two goals in the first half for the first time in 38 games, since Sept. 12, 2009, when they conceded three in the opening 45 minutes of a 6-3 win against the LA Galaxy.
- “The game is made with two parts,” Hyndman said. “Stopping goals and scoring goals, and I don’t think we did either very well today.”
- Ricardo Villar made his first MLS start, playing wide on the left of midfield, replacing Eric Avila. 18-year-old Colombian youth international Fabian Castillo then came on for Villar after 57 minutes for his MLS debut.
- “I thought he was very good,” Hyndman said. “He’s very explosive, which he showed when I went to Colombia. He’s a player that moves as quick with the ball at his feet as he does without it.”
- The match is the first game of the Pioneer Cup, in dedication of the legacy left by Lamar Hunt, who was investor/operator of both clubs. The teams play in two of the first three soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States. Both stadiums memorialize Hunt with 10-foot tall statues of the visionary, and both clubs honor his legacy by wearing the emblem with the initials “LH” on the back of their jerseys.