Chivas USA falls 2-0 against FC Dallas before 2011 Home Opener
FRISCO, Texas. (Saturday, March 12, 2011) –Chivas USA fell 2-0 on Saturday night against FC Dallas, exactly one week before the 2011 Home Opener against Sporting Kansas City at The Home Depot Center. With goals by Daniel Hernandez on a freekick early in the first half and Ruben Luna in the second half, FC Dallas defeated the Red-and-White in a charity match in front of 6,015 fans at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
It was the last preseason game for the Red-and-White before taking Sporting Kansas City next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Defender Zarek Valentin committed a handball slightly outside the box at the 23rd minute and a minute later, Hernandez scored the first goal of the match with a bending shot that went over the wall to the near post past Zach Thornton. Chivas USA went to the attack and had many opportunities, especially with long distance shots and a shot by Mondaini that was cleared by FC Dallas defender Brek Shea when the Red-and-White attacker had beaten FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz at the 35th minute.
Chivas USA tried to control the game in the second half but a defensive mistake resulted in FC Dallas’ second goal of the night when Luna got the ball inside the area and easily chipped the ball past Thornton at the 53rd minute.
Defender and Captain Jimmy Conrad received two yellow cards in matter of seconds after an argument with Luna, and a hard foul on a FC Dallas player that earned him the second caution at the 62nd minute, resulting in Chivas USA playing the rest of the second half with a man down.
Midfielder Nick LaBrocca, who was traded to Chivas USA from Toronto FC on Friday, played his first match with the Red-and-White as a starter.
The charity match between Chivas USA and FC Dallas benefited Kids Across America and the FC Dallas Foundation.
The Red-and-White will return on Sunday to Los Angeles and will resume training on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s match.
Tickets for Saturday’s Home Opener are now on sale, as well as Season Seats for 2011, with prices remaining at the same low rates as 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.
Chivas USA 0:2 FC Dallas
Preseason Exhibition Match
March 12, 2011 – Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
DAL: Daniel Hernandez 24
DAL: Ruben Luna 53
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez (Zach Loyd 46), Brek Shea, George John (Scott Gordon 86), Jackson (Moises Hernandez 81), Marvin Chavez (Bruno Guarda 85), Eric Alexander (Andrew Weideman 76), Daniel Hernandez (Bobby Warshaw 83), Eric Avila (Ricardo Villar 46), David Ferrreira (Andrew Jacobson 76), Milton Rodriguez (Ruben Luna 46).
Subs Not Used: Josh Lambo, Bryan Leyva, Peri Marosevic, Victor Ulloa
Chivas USA: Zach Thornton, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Jimmy Conrad, Ante Jazic, Ben Zemanski, LaBrocca, Francisco Mendoza (Mariano Trujillo 76), Marcos Mondaini (Jorge Flores 84), Justin Braun, Alejandro Moreno (Tristan Bowen 76)
Subs Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Andrew Boyens, Owusu, Michael Umana,
Ruben Luna (caution) 61
Jimmy Conrad (caution) 61
Conrad (caution) 62
Conrad (ejection) 62