By Clay Massey
FRISCO, Texas – New York made the most of their man advantage after a FC Dallas red-card to take three points from Frisco. FC Dallas came out in a 4-2-3-1 with Blas Perez as the lone striker, and New York was in a 4-4-2 with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry up-top.
FC Dallas immediately went down a man after 10’ minutes. Je-Vaughn Watson was in the air avoiding a tackle, and sent a boot straight into the midsection of Australian international Tim Cahill which resulted in a red card. FC Dallas was left to defend for 80’ minutes a man down. Not much came of the first half except for a New York free-kick, which Raul Fernandez made a sprawling save on.
The second half kicked off, and 13’ minutes in Danny Garcia was toppled by Cahill after a long run down the left side into the box. The resulting penalty kick by Blas Perez was saved by Luis Robles. The corner after was knocked away and hit on the volley by Danny Garcia, but Robles made a strong save on the hard curling shot.
Both teams kept the pressure up, but New York burst through in the 70’ minute. A ball forward for Thierry Henry who was through on to goal put New York forward. A quick ball across the box from the un-selfish Henry, set-up Bradley Wright-Phillips for the simple finish to make it 1-0. The match would finish that way to give FC Dallas their fourth straight loss, and New York their third win in five games. FC Dallas returns to action in Seattle, and New York hosts Chicago in New York.