FC Dallas maintains unbeaten run with home win vs. Chivas USA

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Oscar Pareja era at FC Dallas is off to a flying start in 2014, and Saturday night marked Chivas USA’s turn to be the latest to find out just what sort of impact Pareja is having on his new team.

FC Dallas handed Chivas USA their first loss of the season with a commanding 3-1 victory in front of a crowd of 15,564 at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday.

Mauro Diaz and Je-Vaughn Watson helped set up a pair of goals before a Michel free kick helped put the match out of reach for a victory that helped move FC Dallas into first place in the Western Conference.

After 71 minutes and a handful of yellow cards, the game finally opened up and FC Dallas were rewarded for outplaying the Goats all night. FC Dallas opened scoring on a floating Diaz free kick, headed by Hendry Thomas in front of the net to Fabian Castillo’s feet for a blast past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

In the 78th minute, FC Dallas was back at it with Diaz sending a beautiful diagonal long-range pass on the ground to Watson, who took a touch around Kennedy coming off his line and beat the keeper, finishing far post.

Just two minutes later, Chivas USA pushed back for one of their own.

Kris Tyrpak sent a cross to Erick Torres, who ran onto it to score his third goal of the season and keep hopes alive for Chivas USA, a team that looked determined to wage a comeback.

But Michel sealed the match in the 86th minute on a direct free kick fired low and hard into the wall that deflected through, skipping wide past Kennedy’s outstretched reach, giving Dallas the 3-1 lead.

It was a physical match with both sides growing increasingly frustrated as the clock ticked with the scoreboard stuck at zero, resulting in seven yellow cards. In the 65th minute, Andrew Jacobson was taken down hard on his ankle and had to be stretchered off the field and wheeled into the locker room.

Thomas was handed a red card deep into stoppage time for a two-footed tackle that took down Bofo Bautista, meaning Thomas will sit out when Dallas faces the Portland Timbers at home next Saturday.

Chivas USA will head to New York to face the Red Bulls next Sunday.

Here are the game highlights:

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6 Responses to FC Dallas maintains unbeaten run with home win vs. Chivas USA

  1. MisterJC says:

    It looks like FC Dallas wants to make some noise. I’ll reserve judgment until later just to make sure they don’t fool me again with a good early start just to collapse when it counts…

    • Increase0 says:

      I actually think we will do better this year. A lot of teams lose some players to the WC this summer. Dallas won’t it should help out a bit

    • Raymon says:

      And games against quality opposition. Cant wait for those.

  2. g says:

    Go Dallas Go!

  3. choto says:

    Dallas attendance over 10K for a game against Chivas… Now that is something extraordinary!

    • Dace says:

      Dallas is always a fair weather town, look at the average attendance for The Stars for example…look at their av. att. during their Stanley Cup winning season and compare that to every season since.

      Last season showed we could be one of the best, and we’re starting off with the same good results and the belief is starting to come back. Until we fold like a cheap suit on a hot day, you probably won’t see any games in which we see under 12k in attendance, even then I don’t think we’ll ever dip below 10k even if we’re in last.