FC Dallas downs DC United, 3-1, in pre-season action

FRISCO, Texas _ Despite a first half red card, FC Dallas put together the plays to beat DC United, 3-1, in their first home pre-season match of 2015.

With the score still 0-0, Michel was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle in midfield in the 23rd minute. Mere minutes later, though, left fullback Moises Hernandez was able to get forward and combine with Fabian Castillo deep in United’s end before sending in a cross that found Blas Perez on the back side of DC’s goal. The Panamanian headed the ball back across the goalmouth to an unmarked Ryan Hollingshead and the UCLA product put the ball home to open the scoring.

The half finished a 1-0 in favor of Dallas, but United was able to tie the game in the 62nd minute when Jairo Arrieta was able to finish a cross produced from good combination play between Nick DeLeon and Bobby Boswell.

Despite continued pressure, Dallas was able to keep getting little chances at DC’s goal and in the 79th minute, Hollingshead, Castillo and 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele worked to put Dallas back on top for good. Hollingshead’s entry pass to Akindele was handled well by the Canadian, who was able to put the ball through traffic where Castillo was able to dribble around United’s keeper Andrew Dykstra for the game winner.

Akindele was involved in the final goal as well, earning a penalty kick when he was taken down in the area in the waning minutes of the match. In the 88th, the Canadian-born forward took the penatly well, finishing high into the left side of the goalmouth.

  • Although not directly involved in any of the scoring, Mauro Diaz played well and was an integral part of Dallas’ effort to overcome being down a man for much of the game
  • Ryan Hollingshead continues his recent tear, adding another goal and assist to his totals from last weekend in Austin
  • The team showed lots of character to get the result, finishing the chances they had well
  • DC United has CONCACAF Champions League looming and probably would have liked a better showing

The following statistics and quotes come courtesy of FC Dallas:

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (Blas Perez, Moises Hernandez) 27
DC – Jairo Arrieta (Nick DeLeon, Bobby Boswell) 62
DAL – Fabian Castillo (Ryan Hollingshead, Tesho Akindele) 79
DAL – Tesho Akindele (PK) 88

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Moises Hernandez, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa, Michel, Fabian Castillo (Kyle Bekker 89), Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele 69).

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez

Total Shots: 11 (Fabian Castillo 3); Offsides: 0; Corners 4; Saves: 2 (Dan Kennedy, Jesse Gonzalez 1).

D.C. United – Andrew Dykstra, Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Taylor Kemp, Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud (Connor Doyle 87), Nick DeLeon (Michael Aguilar 77), Chris Rolfe, Chris Pontius (Jairo Arrieta 57), Fabian Espindola.

Total Shots: 8 (Nick DeLeon 2); Offsides: 2; Corners: 1; Saves: 5 (Bill Hamid 5).

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Michel (ejection) 23
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (caution) 52
DC – Davy Arnaud (caution) 56
DAL – Blas Perez (caution) 60
DC – Jairo Arrieta (caution) 61
DC – Fabian Espindola (caution) 78

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee’s Assistants: Jeff Greeson, Mike Kampminart
Fourth Official: Michael Tomlinson
Weather: Cloudy, 66 degrees

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
On the game being chippy…

It says a lot about the dedication that we put into the exercise. Not that we want that to happen, but sometimes for both teams, it was very hard to keep them away. Despite not playing for points, they were putting everything on the field. So, the game going like that was normal competitors trying to make things happen. I thought it was very real today. It was not just an exhibition. It was people playing for pride and I like that.

On playing with 10 men…

It wasn’t in the plan to play with 10 men for 70 minutes, but we took the best out of that exercise against a very good team. We were tested today. Our fitness was tested. The strength, mentally and physically, was tested too for players who I needed to get that job done. It was very well accomplished by people like Mauro who played 90 minutes in a position that demands a lot of running. Victor (Ulloa), Blas (Perez), Fabian (Castillo), Ryan (Hollingshead)… the back four, held us for very long with a zero. So, it was good. I was very pleased.

FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris
On playing with 10 men tonight…

It’s always difficult playing down a man, but it’s preseason and it was the perfect opportunity to test ourselves. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we stuck together physically, mentally, and we came through with the result.

On the process of converting from midfielder to right back….

When Oscar called and made the proposal, I told him I was 100 percent committed. I wanted to be back in Dallas, and through the preseason I’ve just been getting more and more comfortable in this position.

FC Dallas defender Moises Hernandez
On the first goal (his cross to Perez)…

We were working on that a lot in practice this week… Those give-and-go’s where I’d give the ball to Fabian (Castillo) and he’d give it back to me. On that play, I overlapped and he found me. I crossed it to the back post. Blas (Perez) did well to get to the back post and fortunately we got a goal out of it.

Talk about playing against DC United two matches in a row…

It got a little feisty there. We played them last week. We wanted to get that win. Playing them back-to-back was good for us because last game was kind of tough. We knew this game would be intense. We are just happy we got the win today in front of our home crowd.

What was the biggest difference between the two games?

I felt like we were more prepared this time around. We practiced a lot on the things we felt we needed to improve after last match. I felt like we did things well. We played with 10 men most of the game and still were able to be dangerous. That’s going to help us out. It shows that we have a lot of character.

On Mauro Diaz…

Mauro (Diaz) is a great player. He helped us a lot on both sides of the ball. I noticed him a lot when we were defending. He worked hard defensively. Having Mauro healthy there in the middle helps the team a lot.

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