FRISCO, Texas – Marvin Chavez scored his first goal of the season in the 69th minute and Kevin Hartman made two saves to become the first goalkeeper in MLS history to record 100 shutouts as FC Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night at Pizza Hut Park.
Dallas (7-3-4, 25 pts.) is now 6-0-3 on its current unbeaten run and remains in second place in the overall league standings, five points behind the league-leading LA Galaxy. The Revs (3-6-4, 13 pts.) have now lost three straight, all by one-goal margins.
Chavez’s goal arrived midway through the second half when the Honduran slipped into the right side of the box and finished low inside the near post. FCD outshot the Revolution by a margin of 16-3 on the night.
Head coach Steve Nicol made two changes to the lineup which had started each of the Revolution’s last three matches in league play. Ousmane Dabo recovered from a right adductor strain to replace the injured Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain) in central midfield, while Didier Domi slotted into the left back role previously occupied by Darrius Barnes.
FC Dallas created the game’s first serious chance in the 21st minute when Brek Shea’s perfectly-weighted cross from the left wing found Chavez with space inside the box. Chavez expertly settled the ball before unleashing a powerful volley from close range, but Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was well positioned to make a crucial stop.
Six minutes later the Revolution forced Hartman into action when Shalrie Joseph drilled a low shot on target following a layoff from Rajko Lekic.
Dallas twice misfired from close range in the 32nd and 34th minutes, first Fabian Castillo blasting his effort high from a tight angle before Eric Alexander looped his effort over the crossbar after being set up by Shea. The hosts hit the target in the 38th minute when Shea tried his luck from the left side of the box, but Reis was again on hand to make the save.
Shea had one more chance in the 44th minute when Jair Benitez found him with a left-wing cross which skipped through the box, but the 21-year-old pushed his effort just wide of the left post and the teams went into halftime scoreless.
The hosts continued to press after the halftime break and Reis came up huge to deny Castillo twice in the 65th minute. The Colombian took a heavy touch as he weaved into the box and Reis pounced to smother the first effort before corralling the follow-up as Castillo took a swipe at the ball.
Reis was finally beaten in the 69th minute when Chavez finished from an acute angle to give FCD the decisive goal. Chavez rounded Revolution defender A.J. Soares as he worked his way into the right side of the box and along the end line before slotting a low shot inside the near post.
Chavez nearly had a second in the 88th minute when he sent a curling shot toward the upper left corner, but Reis dove full-stretch to push the ball around the post.
The Revs will be on the road once again next weekend when they visit the New York Red Bulls on Friday, June 10. Kickoff from Red Bull Arena is set for 8:30 p.m.
New England Revolution at FC Dallas
June 4, 2011 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
FC Dallas 1, New England Revolution 0
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
NE – Stephen McCarthy (caution) 23
NE – Ryan Cochrane (caution) 45
FCD – Zach Loyd (caution) 58
NE – Pat Phelan (caution) 89
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
- 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