FC Dallas 1 – Revolution 0

Posted on 05 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

The road woes continued for the New England Revolution (3-6-4, 13pts) on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas as they were upended by the hottest team in MLS, FC Dallas (7-3-4, 25pts) 1-0 through a 69th minute goal from Marvin Chavez.  The loss was New England’s sixth of the season, and left the Revs still searching for their first victory on the road in 2011.

New England saw several changes to their lineup, losing Benny Feilhaber through injury, however Saturday night saw the return of both Didier Domi and Ousmane Dabo to the lineup.  While both Dabo and Domi were big additions to the lineup, perhaps the biggest lineup twist was the change of heart from captain Shalrie Joseph, who decided to decline the invitation from his native Grenada to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The match began under heavy Texas heat and humidity, and right from the beginning it was clearly evident that the biggest problem on the night for New England was going to be containing the speed of the FC Dallas attack.  The match saw its first true chance in the 21st minute when an artistically crafted cross from Brek Shea found Chavez in space, who settled it nicely and fired a close range volley that tested a well positioned Matt Reis, who was able to make the save.

FC Dallas continued the pressure with chances in the 32nd and 34th minutes through Eric Alexander and Fabian Castillo but the Hoops simply couldn’t put the ball on target to test the Revs’ keeper. It was purely evident throughout the first half that FC Dallas’ speed was too much for the back line of New England to handle, and the hosts exploited their advantage again in the 38th minute when Shea found more space down the left side and fired a long range effort that Reis had to stretch to handle.

In spite of the huge advantage in possession and chances, New England was able to head to the locker room scoreless at the half to give them a chance to regroup  and decipher the potent FC Dallas attack.

As the second half kick off with no changes for either side, the home side picked up right where they left off creating chances through the speedy Chavez, and finally broke through in the 69th minute when Chavez’ speed tore through the Revs’ defense and after beating recently substituted Darrius Barnes and A.J. Soares, beat Matt Reis short side from an extremely acute angle to give the home side the lead.

Coach Steve Nicol opted to bring in Sainey Nyassi in the 70th minute to try to spark the New England attack, but as the match began to wind down, it was clearly evident for nearly the fifth straight match, the Revs were lacking not only creative flair, but overall quality in the final third.

FC Dallas almost added a second goal late on in the 88th minute when Chavez found himself with space and fired a scorching, curling shot to the corner of the Revs’ goal that forced Reis into an amazing outstretched save, keeping the deficit at only one. The final whistle blew and it was FC Dallas earning all three points, sending the Revs back to New England empty-handed, still looking for an away win for their campaign.

New England travels to heated rival New York Red Bulls later this week for a Friday night fixture to be featured on Fox Soccer Channel’s “Soccer Night in America”, while FC Dallas will remain home and entertain Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.


New England Revolution at FC Dallas

June 4, 2011 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)

FC Dallas 1, New England Revolution 0

Scoring Summary:

FCD – Marvin Chavez (Fabian Castillo) 69

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Didier Domi (Darrius Barnes 59), A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Ousmane Dabo (Pat Phelan 53), Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy (Sainey Nyassi 70), Zak Boggs, Rajko Lekic

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Kenny Mansally, Zack Schilawski

STATS*: Shots: 3; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 12

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd, Brek Shea, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Eric Alexander (Milton Rodriguez 67), Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 92+), Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 79)

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bruno Guarda, Moises Hernandez, Ruben Luna

STATS*: Shots: 16; Shots on Goal: 7; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 6; Offside: 4; Fouls Committed: 6

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Stephen McCarthy (caution) 23

NE – Ryan Cochrane (caution) 45

FCD – Zach Loyd (caution) 58

NE – Pat Phelan (caution) 89

Team Records:

New England Revolution – 3-6-4, 13 pts.

FC Dallas – 7-3-4, 25 pts.

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd, Colin Arblaster

Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Clear and 97 degrees

Attendance: 10,363


  • With the loss, the Revs fell to 22-11-3 all-time against Dallas, and 11-6-2 all-time in away matches in Dallas
  • The loss also extended the Revs’ winless streak to four games against Dallas, dating back to Sept. 30, 2009, when New England suffered a 1-0 loss to FCD at the Cotton Bowl … the teams played to a pair of draws in 2010
  • The night’s match was the Revs’ 10th match – in 13 overall games – that they faced Western Conference opponents … the Revs’ last six opponents all hailed from the Western side of the league, dating back to the Chivas USA match on April 30
  • The Revs made two changes to the lineup from last week’s starting 11, snapping a three-game streak of unchanged lineups … Ousmane Dabo stepped into the midfield for the injured Benny Feilhaber, while Didier Domi came back in at left back for Darrius Barnes
  • Stephen McCarthy picked up his team-leading fourth caution of the season in the 23rd minute … in the next game, he will start a three-game good behavior watch that could reduce his season total down to three cautions if he goes card-less in all three matches
  • The teams entered halftime scoreless in a 0-0 deadlock, marking the fifth straight regular-season game in which the Revs and their opponents have entered the intermission scoreless
  • When Sainey Nyassi checked into the game in the 70th minute for Stephen McCarthy, he went in at left midfield and Chris Tierney moved into the central midfield
  • Matt Reis tied his season-high in saves with six … he had twice previously made six saves in a match: at Houston on April 17 and last weekend on May 28 against LA
  • Tonight’s match marked the second match in a row that the game’s lone goal – scored by the Revs’ opponent – was tallied in the 69th minute
  • After playing caution-free soccer in each of the last two matches, the Revs picked up three cautions this evening


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