By Clay Massey
FRISCO, Texas – A first half red-card spelled doom for the slumping hoops as San Jose handled a late FC Dallas surge to hold on to win 2-1. Dallas came out in a 4-4-2 with Tesho Akindele and Blas Perez up top, and Steven Lenhart was up top for San Jose in a 4-4-1-1.
Dallas opened the scoring in the 16’ minute on a sweet cross from Fabian Castillo that Blas Perez smashed home on the volley to make it 1-0. Adam Moffat received a yellow card in the 25’ and turned the momentum in San Jose’s favor. The momentum came to a boil in the 27’ minute when Atiba Harris knocked home a Steven Lenhart pass that Lenhart received from a corner, tying the game. Adam Moffat received his second yellow in the 37’ minute for a tactical foul on Yannick Djalo forcing Dallas to play the remaining 53’ minutes down a man.
The game winner came in the 45’ minute when Jean-Baptise Perazzi hit a jaw-dropping strike from near nothing in the space left by Moffat’s absence. Perazzi took a hit from about 40 yards out that went upper-ninety leaving Chris Seitz helpless to make it 2-1. Dallas had a chance to level it from the penalty spot a minute into stoppage time after a foul by Jordan Stewart. Fabian Castillo stepped up to take, but veteran keeper Jon Busch made the read to make the save.
The Dallas attack made a plethora of chances to start the second half, and the Dallas defense held strong, but the clear cut chance never came. The most obvious chance was in the 85’ minute when Zach Loyd hit a hard shot from the top of the box but it curled straight to Jon Busch. FC Dallas is back in action 6/7 at home against Colorado, and San Jose is back on 6/7 as well in Toronto.