FC Dallas 1, Chivas USA 0
Pizza Hut Park – Frisco, TX
Weather: Clear and 102 degrees
DAL – Brek Shea 5 (Jair Benitez 2, David Ferreira 8) 71
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, George John, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 64), Brek Shea (Jackson Goncalves 85), David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Jeff Cunningham 58)
Substitutes Not Used: Dario Sala, Marvin Chavez, Edson Edward, Bruno Guarda
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Brek Shea, David Ferreira 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Brek Shea 2); FOULS: 9 (Daniel Hernandez 4); OFFSIDES: 5 (Milton Rodriguez 3); CORNER KICKS: 5 (David Ferreira 5); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 3)
Chivas USA – Zach Thornton, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Ante Jazic (Sal Zizzo 82), Justin Braun (Carlos Borja 46), Ben Zemanski (Jesus Padilla 74), Paulo Nagamura, Rodolfo Espinoza, Alan Gordon, Giancarlo Maldonado
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Michael Lahoud, Osael Romero, Marcelo Saragosa
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Paulo Nagamura 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Dario Delgado 2); FOULS: 11 (Several players tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (Rodolfo Espinoza 3); SAVES: 4 (Zach Thornton 4)
DAL -- Atiba Harris (caution; Reckless Foul) 34
CHV -- Jesus Padilla (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 79
DAL -- Daniel Hernandez (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 79
CHV -- Paulo Nagamura (caution; Tactical Foul) 89
FC Dallas stretched its unbeaten streak to 11 games with the win, improving to 9-2-9 (36 pts) on the year. Chivas USA fell to 5-11-4 (19 pts) with the loss.
Defender Zach Loyd made his 10th start of the season, replacing the injured Ugo Ihemelu (concussion). FC Dallas’ first round draft pick in 2010, Loyd won several tackles near midfield to keep Chivas USA in their defensive third through the first half of the match.
Brek Shea scored his fifth goal of the season, nodding a long cross from Jair Benitez back to the far post in the 71st minute. David Ferreira, who delivered the ball to Benitez on the play, recorded his eighth assist of the season. Ferreira now has two goals and three assists in his last three games.
FC Dallas is 4-0-1 when getting a goal from Shea.
FC Dallas is now 8-1-5 when scoring the first goal of the match this season. The team is 5-2-0 in one-goal games this season.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his sixth shutout of the season. He made three saves on the night including two in a one minute span midway through the second half. He is MLS’s all-time leader in shutouts (89). He currently leads MLS with a 0.69 goals against average.
Jackson made his second appearance of the season after signing with FC Dallas on Aug. 13. He took one shot on goal in the 88th minute.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman:
It was a very difficult game for both teams. It was like putting your head in an oven out there. That being said, we went out to the field to get three points. We talked during pregame about how we’ve done a good job stealing points on the road. We didn’t want anyone stealing points from us.
On the differences between the first half and the second half…
We played very well. I think we dominated the first half. I don’t think we executed – whether it was a service or a shot or a first touch. The second half they made a couple of adjustments on us. They put [Jonathan] Bornstein in the right midfield. He has a great work ethic. I am sure his responsibility was to stop Jair (Benitez) from getting forward as much as he did in the first half. It’s ironic because Jair did get forward and made the assist on the great goal that Brek scored on the header.
On Kevin Hartman…
Kevin Hartman again comes up with the biggest save of the year. Every time I think it’s the biggest save of the year, there’s another one that’s coming.
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd:
Getting that goal definitely helped. Once we got the goal our mentality shifted from an attacking style to a defensive style. It’s a team effort and we’ve been doing really well the past several weeks. Hopefully we can continue to work together and continue the momentum.
FC Dallas defender George John:
Not our best performance by any means, but we got a shutout. We got lucky a couple of times and we got a goal, so three points in our pocket. It feels good to keep the streak going.
On going into Columbus next week…
It’s going to be tough. They’re on the top of the board [in the East]. It’s going to be a tough environment, but hopefully we bring our A game and get a good result.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman:
On the goalmouth scramble in the 83rd minute…
We may have lost a guy. They had made some substitutions and I don’t think we got our assignments right as quickly as we could. A little bit of chaos, but fortunately I was able to get across the goal and make the save.
On the FC Dallas 11-game unbeaten streak…
The most important thing for us is that we have found a way to come up with a goal when we need a goal. In the beginning of the season we established a character where it’s tough to beat us. Now, we’re able to persevere through that and get the winning goal. That has enabled us to add some wins to those ties we had early in the season.
Chivas USA head coach Martin Vasquez:
We had a very poor first half. We created chances in the second half, but their goalkeeper came up big. We knew that we were playing against a very good team. Right now, they’re playing well. The heat – our mentality was good – maybe at first we couldn’t settle down because of that, but we finished running and fighting and creating chances. So, it was mainly coming here and knowing we were playing against a very good team.