Match Preview: Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
CARSON, Calif. (Thurdsay, March 10, 2011) - On Saturday night Chivas USA takes on FC Dallas in the team’s final scrimmage of the preseason. The game is being held in Frisco Texas, at FCD’s Pizza Hut Park. The match is being played for charity and all of the proceeds will go to Kids Across America and the FC Dallas Foundation
FC Dallas has had a strong 2011 preseason, following up on their Western Conference Championship in 2010. Looking at Dallas’s team, coach Robin Fraser labeled Saturday’s match as the preseason’s toughest test.
“You’re talking about a team that is probably season-ready,” said Fraser about FCD. “Dallas was obviously a very good team last year with a lot of very talented players. I think it’s fitting that we have this test [as the last scrimmage] going into the season.”
Defender Heath Pearce played for FC Dallas last season, and said he’s looking forward to this weekend’s trip.
“It’ll be good to see some of the guys I played with last year,” said Pearce. “I had a good experience while I was there, so it’ll be nice to go back and compete against some of those guys.”
Though the match comes only week before the opener, coach Fraser says there is still plenty he can learn.
“We’re still looking for the right combinations,” said Fraser. “Until [the season opener] everything is about experimentation. I don’t think we’re fully set yet. So it’s an opportunity to look at how guys play with other guys and an opportunity to look for what our lineup is going to be.”
Midfielder Tristan Bowen agreed that Dallas should be a good test for the Red-and-White, as well as for him personally.
“If they have any resemblance to last year, they’ll be a strong team,” he said. “We know they can put in a good performance at any time.”
Bowen, now playing mostly as a wide-midfielder, sees Saturday night as another chance to prove himself. He’s hoping he can put in a good performance and maybe earn himself a place in the starting 11.
“Every time you step on the field it’s a chance to prove yourself,” said Bowen. “There’s a lot of competition for starting spots right now, so whenever you’re on the field you want to show the coaches what you can do. I’m definitely looking at it as an opportunity to show my best.”
The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, check cdchivasusa.com at game time to view a live stream of the match!