FRISCO – Thierry Henry latched on to a long ball over the top and played in Bradley Wright-Phillips who was able to touch the ball past Raul Fernandez for the match’s only goal.
FC Dallas, already missing midfielders Mauro Diaz and Michel because of injuries, because further handicapped when Je-Vaughn Watson sent off in the 10th minute for an intentional kick to Tim Cahill’s groin.
The Red Bulls were unable to do anything with the advantage in the immediate aftermath. They had a decent opportunity in the 18th minute when Roy Miller set up Eric Alexander with an unmarked look at goal but Raul Fernandez made the save.
Dallas’ frustration with referee Edvin Jurisevic continued in the 26th mine when Fabian Castillo went down in the box and Jurisevic whistled him for simulation. Castillo punched the ground in anger and confronted the assistant referee, earning him a yellow card.
The hosts had another solid chance on goal in the 38th minute as Jair Benitez worked his way up from defense and got in on goal but he was well defended and his chance was ushered wide. Benitez again struggled moments later when his giveaway from the ensuing corner sprung Bradley Wright-Phillips on a counter attack, but the Dallas defender stuck with the play and was able to block the Englishman’s effort.
FC Dallas again started brighter in the second half, a Blas Perez shot lofted over the crossbar in the 50th minute the first notable action after the break.
Perez failed to convert again in the 58th minute when his penalty was saved by a diving Luis Robles. The foul was awarded when Cahill shoved Danny Garcia on Robles’ left-hand side. Robles was alert again moments later when he was again called into action for the away side.
- Sports & Recreation
- Bradley Wright-Phillips
- FC Dallas
- Raul Fernandez
- Jair Benitez
- Tim Cahill