Revolution-FC Dallas Preview

After going through a busy stretch in May with an unbeaten mark,

FC Dallas wants to use June to maintain its momentum.

The club will try to extend its streak to nine straight matches

without a loss when it hosts the New England Revolution on Saturday

night.

FC Dallas (6-3-4) is 5-0-3 in its last eight, with seven of

those matches coming in May. The June slate is more forgiving with

four matches – one on the road.

“I think the month of June is really a good month for us when

you look at the schedule,” coach Schellas Hyndman told FC Dallas’

official website. “We want to use this month as more of a training

month because we don’t have to travel as much.”

There’s room for improvement after Dallas’ 531-minute shutout

streak ended during last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Houston. Before

that contest, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman had not allowed a goal since

May 1.

“We need to continue to push ourselves,” Hartman said. “I think

that we had some great results in May and now we can just challenge

ourselves to just play better and better soccer.”

New England (3-5-4) is 0-3-2 on the road, although it owns a

history of success in Dallas with an 11-5-2 all-time record.

The club will be without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, slated to

join the United States national team for the Gold Cup tournament.

Feilhaber, though, won’t be playing for anyone after suffering an

ankle injury in last Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Los Angeles.

The Revolution received good news, though, with captain Shalrie

Joseph remaining available after the midfielder declined an

invitation to play for Grenada in the Gold Cup.

“Obviously we’re delighted we’re going to have him,” coach Steve

Nicol told the Revolution’s official website. “I think any team in

the league wants Shalrie stepping on the field for them, and we’re

certainly no different.”

New England also could get a boost if defender Ryan Cochrane is

available. Cochrane’s condition has improved since he left last

week’s match with a concussion.

Nicol needs to decide who will replace Feilhaber, and Pat Phelan

is a prime candidate. Feilhaber’s ability to possess the ball will

be missed in humid conditions with the temperature expected to

reach the high 90s.

“You can’t be chasing,” Phelan said. “It’s important to go out

there and make the field as big as you can, do your work off the

ball and get in good spots to maintain possession, because if

you’re just chasing around, they’ll pick you apart.”

Both 2010 matches between these teams ended in draws, although

Dallas’ ability to hold on to the ball helped result in totals of

eight yellow cards and two red cards for New England in those

contests.

“They’re a dynamic team,” Phelan said. “They’ve got a lot of

guys that can hurt you off the dribble. They keep possession well,

they’re solid in the back.”