Revolution-FC Dallas Preview
FC Dallas is on a 15-game unbeaten stretch that’s put it in
contention for one of the Western Conference’s two automatic
If it hopes to earn one, Dallas could really use three points
That might not be so easy with star goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
sidelined for a few weeks, but Dallas will nonetheless be eager to
take advantage of the road-weary New England Revolution.
Dallas (10-2-12) led New York 2-1 on Thursday before an own goal
forced it to settle for a 2-all draw, which pulled the club to
within three matches of the 2004 Columbus Crew’s league-record
18-game unbeaten run.
Coach Schellas Hyndman’s club was hardly focused on that after
the match, though. Hartman suffered an injured MCL in his right
knee when Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry tried to triumphantly
kick the ball back into the goal after New York had already
Hartman, whose shutout streak ended at 415 minutes, tried to
intercede and wound up getting hurt.
“It’s the weight it puts on us now. I thought Hartman was going
to be up for MVP,” Hyndman said of the veteran, who had allowed the
fewest goals (12) in the league. “Now we have to go get a pool
goalkeeper. It was something that was not necessary, so we’ll see
If Dallas can recover from the loss of Hartman, it might be able
to catch Real Salt Lake for the West’s second automatic playoff
spot. Dallas trails the defending champions by five points but has
a game in hand and a trip to Salt Lake City remaining.
Dario Sala gets the call to replace Hartman, but Dallas’ injury
woes don’t stop there. A strained left hamstring will keep
midfielder Daniel Hernandez out, while midfielder Brek Shea –
second on the team with five goals – will be serving the first of a
two-game suspension for a dangerous tackle.
Marvin Chavez and Eric Avila are likely to take the place of
Hernandez and Shea on the wings.
New England (7-14-3) salvaged a 1-all draw when it hosted Dallas
on May 1, but it’s watched its playoff hopes disappear over the
past month. The Revolution have been outscored 14-6 in dropping
five of six, losing 3-0 at Colorado on Saturday in the second of
three straight matches on the road.
New England, which fell behind five minutes in, is an MLS-worst
1-10-1 away from home. It was the third time in five matches the
Revs have conceded a goal within 20 minutes.
“It’s been the same all year long,” midfielder Pat Phelan told
the Revolution’s official website. “Teams come at us but we’ve let
them do that. We haven’t played with enough heart and passion, and