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Lambo to undergo surgery, miss at least six weeks

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

FC Dallas today confirmed that rookie goalkeeper Josh Lambo sustained a concussion and fractured jaw during Sunday’s Reserve Division contest against Chivas USA. The 17-year old will have surgery to repair the fractures and is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday. He is expected to be out of action for at least 6-8 weeks.

“We’re obviously saddened with the unfortunate injuries Josh sustained,” said FC Dallas head coach Steve Morrow. “He has made tremendous progress throughout the preseason, but at this moment our thoughts are on his health and well being. We’re comforted that his family is here and wish him a complete and quick recovery.”

The injury occurred when Lambo collided with Chivas USA’s Anthony Hamilton just five minutes into the Reserve match. After being attended to on the field by team medical personnel, Lambo walked off the field and was replaced by guest player Matt Wideman. He was then transported to a Baylor hospital where he remained overnight.

Lambo was selected by FC Dallas with the eighth overall selection in the 1st Round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. After the team loaned goalkeeper Ray Burse to Portland, Lambo became the backup keeper to Dario Sala in the team’s season opener against Chivas USA. It is unclear if Burse will be recalled as a result.

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High School Cup set for June 21 at Giants

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York will be hosting the second annual Red Bulls High School Cup presented by adidas on June 21 at Giants Stadium following the team’s match against FC Dallas at 7:30 PM ET. This event will feature the top New York and New Jersey outgoing high school seniors, as both states will battle for local bragging rights in this All-Star showdown.

The All-Star weekend begins on Friday, June 20, where every player will participate in a practice session, exclusive meet and greets with the Red Bulls players and coaches and a private reception. On the following day, the players will all be recognized at halftime of the Red Bulls-FC Dallas match. The weekend will culminate in the 2008 Red Bulls High School Cup, presented by adidas.

The final rosters will be unveiled within the next few weeks.

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FCD Yields Late Equalizer to Goats

Posted on 31 March 2008 by pwoodruff

FC Dallas’ 2008 opener looked a lot like their 2007 season –a promising start followed by a lull in the middle with a disappointing end to cap things off. Their MLS-record 12th opening game in front of the home crowd ended in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at Pizza Hut Park in front of 17,540 fans.

Both teams started without several key players. FC Dallas was missing Arturo Alvarez and Drew Moor due to 2007 playoff red cards, Ricardinho (ankle), David Wagenfuhr (concussion) and Alex Yi (hamstring) due to injuries while Chivas USA did not have Alex Zotinca (knee surgery) and captain Claudio Suarez who missed the game to be with his family in Mexico after his father died Friday morning. The Chivas players wore black armbands for the game to honor his passing away.

Juan Toja scored in the 21st minute to give FCD the lead but late substitute Maykel Galindo of CUSA answered in the 84th minute to salvage the point for Chivas. Both teams had plenty of chances to get all three points, but quality finishing was in short supply.

On the other hand… In the nets, Chivas USA keeper Brad Guzan was solid with FCD’s Dario Sala keeping up his stellar form from preseason. Sala made seven saves, two shy of his personal best, and most of the highlight variety.

Despite being played in Frisco, Tex., the temperature and flavor of the game seemed to favor the visiting Goats. They appeared to get stronger as the game went on, while the Hoops seemed to wither as the game progressed.

When asked about the conditions and how tough it seemed out there for both sides, Forward Abe Thompson said “I think we got tired. It was really the first day since we have been training that it got hot. I’m not sure we were quite ready for it but it is good preparation for the summer because it is going to be a lot hotter than that. We can’t be worried about that.”

After the game, Coach Steve Morrow said “I think a tie was a fair result” when assessing the game as a whole but also said “We should have had 3 points today. To give up a goal so late is just very disappointing.”

Chivas outshot Dallas 22-8 with a whopping 18-4 advantage posted in the second half alone. Chivas also had the edge in shots on goal, doubling Dallas at 8-4. Several times throughout the Chivas’ work in the attacking third nearly paid off. They continually found considerable room to operate inside the FCD box. On the other end FCD’s starting forwards Thompson and Cooper displayed a strong work rate, but were only able to set up one goal (Thompson’s assist to Toja).

The late misplayed long ball by former Mexican intenational center back Duilio Davino (making his MLS debut) allowed Galindo to pounce on a “sitter” from 17 yards away that went between Sala’s legs for the late equalizer.

Box Score

Scoring:
DAL — Juan Toja 1 (Abe Thompson 1, Bobby Rhine 1) 21
CHV — Maykel Galindo 1 (unassisted) 84

FC DALLAS (3-4-1-2): Dario Sala, Adrian Serioux, Duilio Davino, Aaron Pitchkolan, Blake Wagner, Marcelo Saragosa (Pablo Ricchetti 62), Andre Rocha, Bobby Rhine, Juan Toja (Dax McCarty 73), Abe Thompson (Dominic Oduro 80), Kenny Cooper.
Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo (GK), Brek Shea, Anthony Wallace, Andrew Daniels.

Shots – 8; Shots on Goal – 4; Total Saves – 7; Fouls – 10; Offsides – 4; Corner Kicks – 2

CHIVAS USA: Brad Guzan, Jim Curtin, Shavar Thomas, Paulo Nagamura, Francisco Mendoza, Jonathan Bornstein, Jesse Marsch, Sacha Kljestan, Lawson Vaughn (Raphael Wicky 71).Atiba Harris (Maykel Galindo 55), Ante Razov (Justin Braun 73)
Subs Not Used: Lance Parker (GK), Bobby Burling, Keith Savage, Eric Ebert.

Shots – 22; Shots on Goal – 8; Total Saves – 3; Fouls – 20; Offsides – 1; Corner Kicks – 6

Misconduct Summary:
CHV — Paulo Nagamura (caution; Tackle from Behind) 36
CHV — Maykel Galindo (caution; Dissent) 59
DAL — Andre Rocha (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
CHV — Shavar Thomas (caution; Reckless Foul) 87

Notes

· FC Dallas is now 6-3-4 all time on season openers, and remains undefeated over the last six openers with a record of 2-0-4. On home season openers, the team is now 7-3-2.
· FCD’s record versus Chivas USA is now 5-3-4, and 3-1-3 against them at Pizza Hut Park.
· Juan Toja’s goal was his seventh career regular season goal.
· For Bobby Rhine, it was his 34th career assist, putting him one away from second all-time in team history (Ronnie O’Brien – 35).
· Duilio Davino, making his MLS debut, was named the team captain for the year. Another making his MLS debut was Andre Rocha.
· Dario Sala made seven saves today, two off his all-time high.
· For Dallas, only Rhine, Toja, Aaron Pitchkolan, and Kenny Cooper started both today’s opener and last years. Dax McCarty, Abe Thompson, and Dominic Oduro were the others that appeared in each of the last two season openers.
· Marcelo Saragosa left the game with a right groin strain…Defender Alex Yi missed the game with a left hamstring injury…David Wagenfuhr was out with a concussion…Ricardinho was out with a right ankle sprain.
· Defender Drew Moor and midfielder Arturo Alvarez served a one-game suspension for having received red cards in the team’s final game of 2007.
· Following the game, the FC Dallas Reserves played the Chivas USA Reserves to a 1-1 draw. FCD’s goal was scored by Drew Moor in the 25th minute, while Chivas’ goal was scored by Jorge Flores in the 47th. FC Dallas was goalkeeper Josh Lambo, who collided with a Chivas player in the 5th minute and had to leave the game shortly thereafter. He was diagnosed with a concussion and was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
· FC Dallas will travel south next weekend to face the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, April 6 (2 pm CT) at Robertson Stadium.

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Galindo salvages point for Goats

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

FC Dallas’ 2008 opener looked a lot like their 2007 season –a promising start followed by a lull in the middle with a disappointing end to cap things off. Their MLS-record 12th opening game in front of the home crowd ended in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at Pizza Hut Park in front of 17,540 fans.

Both teams started without several key players. FC Dallas was missing Arturo Alvarez and Drew Moor due to 2007 playoff red cards, Ricardinho (ankle), David Wagenfuhr (concussion) and Alex Yi (hamstring) due to injuries while Chivas USA did not have Alex Zotinca (knee surgery) and captain Claudio Suarez who missed the game to be with his family in Mexico after his father died Friday morning. The Chivas players wore black armbands for the game to honor his passing away.

Juan Toja scored in the 21st minute to give FCD the lead but late substitute Maykel Galindo of CUSA answered in the 84th minute to salvage the point for Chivas. Both teams had plenty of chances to get all three points, but quality finishing was in short supply.

On the other hand… In the nets, Chivas USA keeper Brad Guzan was solid with FCD’s Dario Sala keeping up his stellar form from preseason. Sala made seven saves, two shy of his personal best, and most of the highlight variety.

Despite being played in Frisco, Tex., the temperature and flavor of the game seemed to favor the visiting Goats. They appeared to get stronger as the game went on, while the Hoops seemed to wither as the game progressed.

When asked about the conditions and how tough it seemed out there for both sides, Forward Abe Thompson said “I think we got tired. It was really the first day since we have been training that it got hot. I’m not sure we were quite ready for it but it is good preparation for the summer because it is going to be a lot hotter than that. We can’t be worried about that.”

After the game, Coach Steve Morrow said “I think a tie was a fair result” when assessing the game as a whole but also said “We should have had 3 points today. To give up a goal so late is just very disappointing.”

Chivas outshot Dallas 22-8 with a whopping 18-4 advantage posted in the second half alone. Chivas also had the edge in shots on goal, doubling Dallas at 8-4. Several times throughout the Chivas’ work in the attacking third nearly paid off. They continually found considerable room to operate inside the FCD box. On the other end FCD’s starting forwards Thompson and Cooper displayed a strong work rate, but were only able to set up one goal (Thompson’s assist to Toja).

The late misplayed long ball by former Mexican intenational center back Duilio Davino (making his MLS debut) allowed Galindo to pounce on a “sitter” from 17 yards away that went between Sala’s legs for the late equalizer.

Box Score

Scoring:
DAL — Juan Toja 1 (Abe Thompson 1, Bobby Rhine 1) 21
CHV — Maykel Galindo 1 (unassisted) 84

FC DALLAS (3-4-1-2): Dario Sala, Adrian Serioux, Duilio Davino, Aaron Pitchkolan, Blake Wagner, Marcelo Saragosa (Pablo Ricchetti 62), Andre Rocha, Bobby Rhine, Juan Toja (Dax McCarty 73), Abe Thompson (Dominic Oduro 80), Kenny Cooper.
Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo (GK), Brek Shea, Anthony Wallace, Andrew Daniels.

Shots – 8; Shots on Goal – 4; Total Saves – 7; Fouls – 10; Offsides – 4; Corner Kicks – 2

CHIVAS USA: Brad Guzan, Jim Curtin, Shavar Thomas, Paulo Nagamura, Francisco Mendoza, Jonathan Bornstein, Jesse Marsch, Sacha Kljestan, Lawson Vaughn (Raphael Wicky 71).Atiba Harris (Maykel Galindo 55), Ante Razov (Justin Braun 73)
Subs Not Used: Lance Parker (GK), Bobby Burling, Keith Savage, Eric Ebert.

Shots – 22; Shots on Goal – 8; Total Saves – 3; Fouls – 20; Offsides – 1; Corner Kicks – 6

Misconduct Summary:
CHV — Paulo Nagamura (caution; Tackle from Behind) 36
CHV — Maykel Galindo (caution; Dissent) 59
DAL — Andre Rocha (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
CHV — Shavar Thomas (caution; Reckless Foul) 87

Notes

· FC Dallas is now 6-3-4 all time on season openers, and remains undefeated over the last six openers with a record of 2-0-4. On home season openers, the team is now 7-3-2.
· FCD’s record versus Chivas USA is now 5-3-4, and 3-1-3 against them at Pizza Hut Park.
· Juan Toja’s goal was his seventh career regular season goal.
· For Bobby Rhine, it was his 34th career assist, putting him one away from second all-time in team history (Ronnie O’Brien – 35).
· Duilio Davino, making his MLS debut, was named the team captain for the year. Another making his MLS debut was Andre Rocha.
· Dario Sala made seven saves today, two off his all-time high.
· For Dallas, only Rhine, Toja, Aaron Pitchkolan, and Kenny Cooper started both today’s opener and last years. Dax McCarty, Abe Thompson, and Dominic Oduro were the others that appeared in each of the last two season openers.
· Marcelo Saragosa left the game with a right groin strain…Defender Alex Yi missed the game with a left hamstring injury…David Wagenfuhr was out with a concussion…Ricardinho was out with a right ankle sprain.
· Defender Drew Moor and midfielder Arturo Alvarez served a one-game suspension for having received red cards in the team’s final game of 2007.
· Following the game, the FC Dallas Reserves played the Chivas USA Reserves to a 1-1 draw. FCD’s goal was scored by Drew Moor in the 25th minute, while Chivas’ goal was scored by Jorge Flores in the 47th. FC Dallas was goalkeeper Josh Lambo, who collided with a Chivas player in the 5th minute and had to leave the game shortly thereafter. He was diagnosed with a concussion and was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
· FC Dallas will travel south next weekend to face the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, April 6 (2 pm CT) at Robertson Stadium.

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Cooke named MLS Player of the Week

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Rapids midfielder Terry Cooke was voted as Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2008 season after leading the Rapids to a 4-0 victory over the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday night. Cooke scored a goal and tallied two assists in the Rapids home victory at Commerce City, Colo.

Cooke opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he followed up a Christian Gomez shot off the post with a volley from the right side of the box into the top right corner of the goal. After Gomez converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute, Cooke set up the third goal with a pass behind the Galaxy for Omar Cummings, who touched it around the goalkeeper’s challenge and slotted it coolly into the net in the 67th minute. On the final goal, Cooke sent a long ball into the corner to Colin Clark, who beat a defender and slipped his shot past Galaxy keeper Steve Cronin to put the Rapids up 4-nil and seal their Opening Night victory.

Now in his fourth season in MLS, Cooke has established himself as an assist specialist with 23 in his career. He led the League in 2006 with 12 and recorded seven in 2007. This is the first Player of the Week honor for Cooke

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FCD yields late equalizer to Goats

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

FC Dallas’ 2008 opener looked a lot like their 2007 season. A promising start followed by a lull in the middle with a disappointing end to cap things off. Their MLS record 12th opening game in front of the home crowd ended in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at Pizza Hut Park in front of 17,540 fans.

After the game Coach Steve Morrow said “I think probably a tie was a fair result” when assessing the game as a whole but also said “we’re disappointed. We should have had 3 points today. To give up a goal so late is just very disappointing.”

Juan Toja scored in the 21st minute to give FCD the lead but late substitute Maykel Galindo answered in the 84th minute to salvage the point for Chivas. Both teams had plenty of chances to get all three points but Chivas USA keeper Brad Guzan was solid with FCD’s Dario Sala keeping up his stellar form from preseason. Sala made seven saves, two off his personal best, most of the highlight variety.

Both teams started without several key players. FC Dallas was missing Arturo Alvarez and Drew Moor due to 2007 playoff red cards, Ricardinho (ankle), David Wagenfuhr (concussion) and Alex Yi (hamstring) due to injuries while Chivas USA did not have Alex Zotinca (knee surgery) and captain Claudio Suarez who missed the game to be with his family in Mexico after his father died Friday morning. The Chivas players wore black armbands for the game to honor his passing away.

Despite being played in Frisco, Tex., the temperature and flavor of the game seemed to favor the visiting Goats. They appeared to get stronger as the game went on, while the Hoops seemed to wither as the game progressed.

Chivas outshot Dallas 22-8 with a whopping 18-4 advantage posted in the second half alone. Chivas also had the edge in shots on goal, doubling Dallas at 8-4. Several times throughout the match the L.A. side’s work in the attacking third nearly paid off. They continually found considerable room to operate inside the FCD box. On the other end FCD ’s starting forwards Abe Thompson and Kenny Cooper clearly worked hard throughout the match and in fact Abe’s pass to Toja (after one to him from Bobby Rhine) got the scoring started this day. But the late misplayed long ball by former Mexican intenational center back Duilio Davino, making his MLS debut, in front of the FCD penalty area allowed Galindo to take a shot from about 17 yards away that went between Sala’s legs for the late equalizer.

When asked about the conditions and how tough it seemed out there for both sides, Abe Thompson said “I think we got tired. It was really the first day since we have been training that it got hot. I’m not sure we were quite ready for it but it is good preparation for the summer because it is going to be a lot hotter than that. We can’t be worried about that.”

Box Score

Scoring:
DAL — Juan Toja 1 (Abe Thompson 1, Bobby Rhine 1) 21
CHV — Maykel Galindo 1 (unassisted) 84

FC DALLAS (3-4-1-2): Dario Sala, Adrian Serioux, Duilio Davino, Aaron Pitchkolan, Blake Wagner, Marcelo Saragosa (Pablo Ricchetti 62), Andre Rocha, Bobby Rhine, Juan Toja (Dax McCarty 73), Abe Thompson (Dominic Oduro 80), Kenny Cooper.
Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo (GK), Brek Shea, Anthony Wallace, Andrew Daniels.

Shots – 8; Shots on Goal – 4; Total Saves – 7; Fouls – 10; Offsides – 4; Corner Kicks – 2

CHIVAS USA: Brad Guzan, Jim Curtin, Shavar Thomas, Paulo Nagamura, Francisco Mendoza, Jonathan Bornstein, Jesse Marsch, Sacha Kljestan, Lawson Vaughn (Raphael Wicky 71).Atiba Harris (Maykel Galindo 55), Ante Razov (Justin Braun 73)
Subs Not Used: Lance Parker (GK), Bobby Burling, Keith Savage, Eric Ebert.

Shots – 22; Shots on Goal – 8; Total Saves – 3; Fouls – 20; Offsides – 1; Corner Kicks – 6

Misconduct Summary:
CHV — Paulo Nagamura (caution; Tackle from Behind) 36
CHV — Maykel Galindo (caution; Dissent) 59
DAL — Andre Rocha (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
CHV — Shavar Thomas (caution; Reckless Foul) 87

Notes

· FC Dallas is now 6-3-4 all time on season openers, and remains undefeated over the last six openers with a record of 2-0-4. On home season openers, the team is now 7-3-2.
· FCD’s record versus Chivas USA is now 5-3-4, and 3-1-3 against them at Pizza Hut Park.
· Juan Toja’s goal was his seventh career regular season goal.
· For Bobby Rhine, it was his 34th career assist, putting him one away from second all-time in team history (Ronnie O’Brien – 35).
· Duilio Davino, making his MLS debut, was named the team captain for the year. Another making his MLS debut was Andre Rocha.
· Dario Sala made seven saves today, two off his all-time high.
· For Dallas, only Rhine, Toja, Aaron Pitchkolan, and Kenny Cooper started both today’s opener and last years. Dax McCarty, Abe Thompson, and Dominic Oduro were the others that appeared in each of the last two season openers.
· Marcelo Saragosa left the game with a right groin strain…Defender Alex Yi missed the game with a left hamstring injury…David Wagenfuhr was out with a concussion…Ricardinho was out with a right ankle sprain.
· Defender Drew Moor and midfielder Arturo Alvarez served a one-game suspension for having received red cards in the team’s final game of 2007.
· Following the game, the FC Dallas Reserves played the Chivas USA Reserves to a 1-1 draw. FCD’s goal was scored by Drew Moor in the 25th minute, while Chivas’ goal was scored by Jorge Flores in the 47th. FC Dallas was goalkeeper Josh Lambo, who collided with a Chivas player in the 5th minute and had to leave the game shortly thereafter. He was diagnosed with a concussion and was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
· FC Dallas will travel south next weekend to face the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, April 6 (2 pm CT) at Robertson Stadium.

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Gillett pursues MLS expansion at Montreal

Posted on 31 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Liverpool co-owner George Gillett has linked up with the Montreal Impact with the intent to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to that city.

According to euFootball.biz, Impact president Joey Saputo said he and Gillett have discussed a deal in which the pair would divide the $30 million franchise as well as the $12 million expansion of the Saputo Stadium.

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RSL’s Home Opener Streak Continues With Draw

Posted on 30 March 2008 by Patrick McShane

RSL continued their streak of never winning a home opener by drawing 1-1 with Chicago after an injury time stunner by Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The result left a bitter taste in the mouth of both fans and squad alike as RSL dominated much of the match.

It was apparent from the opening whistle that both teams were going to be very physical and the referee Terry Vaughn seemed content to let both teams play with little intrusion. Bodies consistently hit the plastic pitch for the first five minutes. Running onto a long cross, RSL striker Fabian Espindola was pulled down by Chicago’s Diego Gutierrez, while midfielders Justin Mapp and Logan Pause clipped Javier Morales moments later.Despite these bullish tactics, RSL were the aggressors. Preferring to work on quick combinations of low, fast passes, RSL found many opportunities to cross the ball into the box throughout the first half. Espindola in particular stood out with multiple runs up the left wing. In the 6th minute, Espindola found Yura Movsisyan for a header that he just pushed over the bar.

Espindola and Prideaux keep their eyes on the ball (c)Julia Fizer

Chicago, on the other hand, appeared content to play long ball, consistently gaining possession in their back line only to then lob the ball into RSL’s final third. RSL’s defensive heart consisting of off-season acquisition Nat Borchers, along with second-year player Matias Mantilla, appeared particularly formidable. However, one couldn’t help but wonder if this was due to the duo’s actual ability or to Chicago’s inept offense. RSL continued to create chances throughout the first half, leading Chicago 6-0 in total shots on goal. The contentious nature of the first five minutes appeared to spill over just after the half-time whistle, with both Blanco and Mantilla going toe to toe instead of heading into their respective locker rooms. After a minute of posturing, RSL keeper Nick Rimando and captain Carey Talley broke up the scuffle and each team left to prepare for the second half.

The half-time break seemed to have little affect on the bad blood between Mantilla and Blanco, as both players continued their rivalry. Less than one minute into the second half both players collided just outside of RSL’s box for a non-foul, though Blanco played up the encounter.It appeared that Chicago wanted to take a page out of RSL’s playbook, opting for more control in the middle of the pitch while pushing their wing players for open crosses. However, this tactical approach didn’t result in more scoring opportunities as RSL continued to dominate possession and frustrate the Chicago attack.

Pushing the ball forward, RSL produced their best opportunity when they earned a corner kick in the 55th minute. Andy Williams launched a rocket into the box, which led to a loose ball. Quickly collecting, Movsisyan attempted a bicycle kick that drifted inches wide of the goal. RSL began to adapt their lineup, bringing on Robbie Findley and Dema Kovalenko in place of Yura Movsisyan and Andy Williams. These changes appeared to instantly affect the intensity of the match, with the deadlock finally ending in the 71st minute.Kovalenko took a pass on the wing, dribbled the ball forward, and then drilled a cross into Chicago’s box. Rather than meeting a RSL player at the end of the cross, Chicago defender Bakary Soumare came through as the goal scorer by knocking the ball into his own goal while trying to clear.It appeared that this was to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin for Chicago, as they had done little offensively up to that point in the match.

In an attempt to maintain pressure up top, RSL gave a home debut to their newly acquired Scottish forward, Kenny Deuchar. The 6’ 3” target forward came on for Espindola and had immediate impact controlling passes into Chicago’s final third and playing the ball into the corner with Findley to waste time. This tactic appeared to work, at least throughout the remainder of regular time.The tables turned, however, just one minute into extra time. Collecting a poor clearance just outside of the box, Blanco took his first shot on goal and easily buried the ball in the top left corner. The announced crowd of 20, 272 broke out into a roar of cheers, with the majority of the fans displaying Mexican National Team and Club América jerseys. If one didn’t know better, it would appear that the fans were celebrating the comeback of their home squad. RSL tried to mount attacking pressure in the final moments of extra time to little avail and the match ended in draw.

Due to the repeat performance of last year’s final-minute draw in the home opener, there was little doubt that RSL would be disappointed with the result. RSL Coach Jason Kries, in particular, appeared frustrated. “It wasn’t about a breakdown on our part or a bad mistake in our penalty box. It was about one special player who made one special play and didn’t do really anything else the entire game – except run around and whine.”

Ian Joy, one of many additions to RSL (c)Fizer

RSL will have a chance for redemption when they take on Chivas USA next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. If RSL want to avoid more frustration and disappointment similar to their previous three seasons, a win over Chivas on the road would be the perfect place to start.

At a Glance

Attendance: 20,272
Weather: Cloudy, 43 degrees
Site: Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah

Scoring Summary
RSL – Bakary Soumare (OG) 71
CHI – Cuauhtémoc Blanco (unassisted) 92+

Discipline/Misconduct
RSL – Ian Joy (caution; tackle from behind) 51
RSL – Robbie Findley (caution; simulation) 80
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution; professional foul) 87
CHI – Logan Pause (caution; tackle from behind) 89

Real Salt Lake:
Nick Rimando, Nat Borchers, Ian Joy, Matias Mantilla, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Carey Talley (CAP), Andy Williams (Dema Kovalenko 69), Fabian Espindola (Kenny Deuchar 73), Yura Movsisyan (Robbie Findley 62).

Chicago Fire:
Jon Busch, Diego Gutierrez, Brandon Prideaux, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare (Calen Carr 84), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (CAP), Justin Mapp (Stephen King 54), Logan Pause, Chris Rolfe, Chad Barrett, Tomasz Frankowski (Andy Herron 76)

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Revs drop Dynamo in MLS Cup rematch

Posted on 30 March 2008 by ASN Staff

By L.E. Eisenmenger

In the first home opener in its 13-year history, the Revolution beat MLS Cup champs Houston Dynamo 3-0. This Revolution was not about revenge, it was about great shape and fluid passing that had the Dynamo chasing the ball and out of position from the first 15 minutes to the bitter end – Sainey Nyassi’s breakaway goal in injury time. For Chris Albright’s first New England game, “It couldn’t have been written any better.”

Nicol stacks his deck with teenage Gambian duo

Coach Steve Nicol knew the wild cards he had in 19 year-old Gambians Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally because they prove it, “all the time in training.” Yet at the starting whistle, some of the Rev’s starters were unproven: Mansally, after only a few dismal minutes last year, started as a strike partner for Adam Cristman. Cristman started for Taylor Twellman, scratched 15 minutes before game time with an injured knee. Nyassi started on the right wing for last year’s rookie Wells Thompson, out with a foot injury. Costa Rican acquisition Mauricio Castro, who only practiced with the team for a week, started in place of Khano Smith, away on national team duty for Bermuda. The three-man back line managed a shutout, despite shifting Jay Heaps to the left and former Galaxy defender Chris Albright starting on the right.

Team effort wins the game

The first big threat came when Mansally picked up the ball on a Houston mistake, took it to the corner and made a pinpoint low cross that Cristman almost converted in a sliding attack. Nyassi controlled the right wing from box to box using his pace to transition from defense to attack. Shalrie Joseph steadied the pace and distributed the ball with his trademark cool-headed decisions, and Captain Steve Ralston was everywhere Houston didn’t want him.

In the 15th minute, Ralston earned the Rev’s first goal of the season, off a rebound from a Mansally shot. In the 32th minute, Cristman headed the second goal on a rebound off a Jeff Larentowicz drive.

In the middle of the second half, the Dynamo were desperate and turned to physical play to vent their frustrations. Ralston was fouled and helped off the field with a shoulder injury of undetermined severity. Untested Gary Flood took his place. Mansally seemed distracted by the aggressive play and was subbed out in the 81st minute for Kheli Dube. New England lost its shape and Houston capitalized on its mistakes, but Joseph stepped into Ralston’s dynamic role, Larentowicz helped get the game back under control, and Matt Reis made a big save to preserve the shut-out. Castro toughed it out for a full ninety minutes, learning MLS style on the fly and occasionally on the ground.

“It’s a game against Houston. They’re all big guys and they’re all about pushing and shoving and kicking,” said Cristman.
Showing a high fitness level, Nyassi’s delivered the breakaway goal in stoppage time, punctuating the season opener with a 3-0 shutout. Nyassi was clearly the game’s greatest surprise.

Central defender Michael Parkhurst said, “Those guys love to get forward . . . Everybody in front made it easy for us.”
The Revolution got off 17 shots (13 on goal), committed 7 fouls, and Reis, wearing a hat throughout the game, only had to make three saves. Houston acquired the only yellow card, took 15 shots (5 on goal), and committed 20 fouls.

Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear was not happy. “We weren’t good tonight. I’m not going to say we should have won or shouldn’t come out with a point. We deserved to get beat tonight.”

The Houston Dynamo must recover quickly to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal on April 2.

Deep roster creates chances

Looking ahead, the Revs have the depth they need to compete in the crowded schedule before them. Aside from the regular season, the roster will be stretched over during SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup play. After the game, Nicol underlined the importance of a deep squad for any MLS roster. “I keep telling these guys you never know what’s around the corner – somebody gets injured, suspension, changes in the team. You have to be ready when the chance comes, and Adam Cristman showed you today what a good professional is.”

Official Statsheet

Scoring Summary
NE – Steve Ralston (unassisted) 15
NE – Adam Cristman (unassisted) 32
NE – Sainey Nyassi (unassisted) 93+

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Chris Albright, Mauricio Castro, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sainey Nyassi, Steve Ralston © (Gary Flood 63), Adam Cristman, Kenny Mansally (Kheli Dube 81)

Substitutes Not Used: Sam Brill, Chase Hilgenbrinck, Amaechi Igwe

STATS: Shots 17 (Cristman 7); Shots on Goal 13 (Cristman 6); Saves 3 (Reis 3); Corner Kicks 4 (Ralston 2); Offsides 3 (Mansally 2); Fouls Committed 7 (Mansally 3)

Houston: Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Bobby Boswell, Brian Mullan (Patrick Ianni 63), Eddie Robinson, Corey Ashe, Dwayne De Rosario, Stuart Holden, Richard Mulrooney, Brian Ching (Geoff Cameron 86), Chris Wondolowski (Franco Caraccio 67)

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Brown, Erik Ustruck, Craig Waibel

STATS: Shots 15 (De Rosario, Holden 3); Shots on Goal 5 (De Rosario, Robinson 2); Saves 10 (Onstad 10); Corner Kicks 6 (Mulrooney 4); Offsides 1 (Ching 1); Fouls Committed 20 (Ching, Holden 4)

Misconduct Summary:
HOU – Richard Mulrooney (caution) 58

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: George Gasner (SAR), Bill Ditmar (JAR)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger

Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Clear, 35 degrees
Attendance: 11,116

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RSL’s Home Opener Streak Continues With Draw

Posted on 30 March 2008 by Patrick McShane

RSL continued their streak of never winning a home opener by drawing 1-1 with Chicago after an injury time stunner by Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The result left a bitter taste in the mouth of both fans and squad alike as RSL dominated much of the match.

It was apparent from the opening whistle that both teams were going to be very physical and the referee Terry Vaughn seemed content to let both teams play with little intrusion. Bodies consistently hit the plastic pitch for the first five minutes. Running onto a long cross, RSL striker Fabian Espindola was pulled down by Chicago’s Diego Gutierrez, while midfielders Justin Mapp and Logan Pause clipped Javier Morales moments later.Despite these bullish tactics, RSL were the aggressors. Preferring to work on quick combinations of low, fast passes, RSL found many opportunities to cross the ball into the box throughout the first half. Espindola in particular stood out with multiple runs up the left wing. In the 6th minute, Espindola found Yura Movsisyan for a header that he just pushed over the bar.

Espindola and Prideaux keep their eyes on the ball (c)Julia Fizer

Chicago, on the other hand, appeared content to play long ball, consistently gaining possession in their back line only to then lob the ball into RSL’s final third. RSL’s defensive heart consisting of off-season acquisition Nat Borchers, along with second-year player Matias Mantilla, appeared particularly formidable. However, one couldn’t help but wonder if this was due to the duo’s actual ability or to Chicago’s inept offense. RSL continued to create chances throughout the first half, leading Chicago 6-0 in total shots on goal. The contentious nature of the first five minutes appeared to spill over just after the half-time whistle, with both Blanco and Mantilla going toe to toe instead of heading into their respective locker rooms. After a minute of posturing, RSL keeper Nick Rimando and captain Carey Talley broke up the scuffle and each team left to prepare for the second half.

The half-time break seemed to have little affect on the bad blood between Mantilla and Blanco, as both players continued their rivalry. Less than one minute into the second half both players collided just outside of RSL’s box for a non-foul, though Blanco played up the encounter.It appeared that Chicago wanted to take a page out of RSL’s playbook, opting for more control in the middle of the pitch while pushing their wing players for open crosses. However, this tactical approach didn’t result in more scoring opportunities as RSL continued to dominate possession and frustrate the Chicago attack.

Pushing the ball forward, RSL produced their best opportunity when they earned a corner kick in the 55th minute. Andy Williams launched a rocket into the box, which led to a loose ball. Quickly collecting, Movsisyan attempted a bicycle kick that drifted inches wide of the goal. RSL began to adapt their lineup, bringing on Robbie Findley and Dema Kovalenko in place of Yura Movsisyan and Andy Williams. These changes appeared to instantly affect the intensity of the match, with the deadlock finally ending in the 71st minute.Kovalenko took a pass on the wing, dribbled the ball forward, and then drilled a cross into Chicago’s box. Rather than meeting a RSL player at the end of the cross, Chicago defender Bakary Soumare came through as the goal scorer by knocking the ball into his own goal while trying to clear.It appeared that this was to be the proverbial final nail in the coffin for Chicago, as they had done little offensively up to that point in the match.

In an attempt to maintain pressure up top, RSL gave a home debut to their newly acquired Scottish forward, Kenny Deuchar. The 6’ 3” target forward came on for Espindola and had immediate impact controlling passes into Chicago’s final third and playing the ball into the corner with Findley to waste time. This tactic appeared to work, at least throughout the remainder of regular time.The tables turned, however, just one minute into extra time. Collecting a poor clearance just outside of the box, Blanco took his first shot on goal and easily buried the ball in the top left corner. The announced crowd of 20, 272 broke out into a roar of cheers, with the majority of the fans displaying Mexican National Team and Club América jerseys. If one didn’t know better, it would appear that the fans were celebrating the comeback of their home squad. RSL tried to mount attacking pressure in the final moments of extra time to little avail and the match ended in draw.

Due to the repeat performance of last year’s final-minute draw in the home opener, there was little doubt that RSL would be disappointed with the result. RSL Coach Jason Kries, in particular, appeared frustrated. “It wasn’t about a breakdown on our part or a bad mistake in our penalty box. It was about one special player who made one special play and didn’t do really anything else the entire game – except run around and whine.”

Ian Joy, one of many additions to RSL (c)Fizer

RSL will have a chance for redemption when they take on Chivas USA next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. If RSL want to avoid more frustration and disappointment similar to their previous three seasons, a win over Chivas on the road would be the perfect place to start.

At a Glance

Attendance: 20,272
Weather: Cloudy, 43 degrees
Site: Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah

Scoring Summary
RSL – Bakary Soumare (OG) 71
CHI – Cuauhtémoc Blanco (unassisted) 92+

Discipline/Misconduct
RSL – Ian Joy (caution; tackle from behind) 51
RSL – Robbie Findley (caution; simulation) 80
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution; professional foul) 87
CHI – Logan Pause (caution; tackle from behind) 89

Real Salt Lake:
Nick Rimando, Nat Borchers, Ian Joy, Matias Mantilla, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Carey Talley (CAP), Andy Williams (Dema Kovalenko 69), Fabian Espindola (Kenny Deuchar 73), Yura Movsisyan (Robbie Findley 62).

Chicago Fire:
Jon Busch, Diego Gutierrez, Brandon Prideaux, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare (Calen Carr 84), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (CAP), Justin Mapp (Stephen King 54), Logan Pause, Chris Rolfe, Chad Barrett, Tomasz Frankowski (Andy Herron 76)

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