Revs drop preseason opener to FCD
An early goal from Atiba Harris and a late strike by Marvin Chavez
lifted FC Dallas to a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Tuesday
morning at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
While FC Dallas has already played a handful of games this preseason,
this was the Revolution's first proper match of the club's 2010 training
camp. As expected, the Revs used the match as a barometer on their
fitness level and to get a look at a variety of different players, as
head coach Steve Nicol made six second-half substitutions and used a
total of 17 players.
Cory Gibbs and Edgaras Jankauskas were not available for the Revolution
because of quad injuries - although both are close to returning - while
Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman did not make the trip to Orlando. Of the
available players, only backup goalkeepers Bobby Shuttleworth and Rylan
Hawkins, along with guest player Khano Smith, didn't see action.
Scoring chances were hard to come by for both teams as much of the play
was bogged down in the middle of the field, resulting in some chippy
play as the Revolution took advantage of its first chance to play
against an opponent other than itself.
FC Dallas opened the scoring in the 13th minute courtesy of a quick
break out of the back. Midfielder Brek Shea ran onto a long ball into
space down the right wing and steadied himself before driving a low
cross to the back post, where Harris was on hand to finish low past
Revolution goalkeeper Preston Burpo.
The Revs had a great opportunity to level the score in the 31st minute
when rookie Zack Schilawski was dragged down at the top of the box to
set up a free kick 20 yards from goal. Chris Tierney took the free kick,
but curled his effort into the wall and FC Dallas cleared the ball to
New England made two changes to start the second half, bringing on Mike
Videira for Pat Phelan in central midfield and rookie Seth Sinovic for
Kevin Alston on the backline. Sinovic took over at left back, while
Tierney moved across the field to the right.
The action continued to remain in the middle of the field, and neither
team seriously threatened early in the second half. To change the attack
a bit, the Revs switched up their wingers, bringing on Mauricio Castro
and Zak Boggs in place of Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi.
The first real chance of the second half for either team didn't arrive
until the 73rd minute, when the Hoops doubled their lead to 2-0.
Second-half substitute Ruben Luna slid into a one-on-one challenge with
Burpo, who had charged off his line, and the ball popped free to the
left of goal. Chavez was quickest to react and slid the ball into the
New England almost responded just four minutes later when Shalrie Joseph
found the ball at his feet in the box following a corner kick, but his
shot was deflected and sliced just wide of the right post.
The Revolution's best chance of the game was its last, and it arrived in
the 87th minute when Boggs was led into space down the right wing by
Joseph before rifling a rising shot off of the outside of the right
DAL - Atiba Harris (Brek Shea) 13
DAL - Marvin Chavez (unassisted) 73
New England Revolution (4-4-2): Preston Burpo (GK),
Chris Tierney, Emmanuel Osei, Darrius Barnes (Gabriel Badilla 79), Kevin
Alston (Seth Sinovic 46), Kenny Mansally (Mauricio Castro 63), Shalrie
Joseph ©, Pat Phelan (Mike Videira 46), Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 63),
Kheli Dube, Zack Schilawski (Nico Colaluca 79)
Available substitutes: Bobby Shuttleworth (GK), Rylan Hawkins (GK),
FC Dallas (4-4-2): Dario Sala (GK), Anthony Wallace,
Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez, Daniel Hernandez,
Eric Alexander, Brek Shea, Bruno Guarda, Atiba Harris