FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Dane Richards #19, Joel Lindpere #20, Mehdi Ballouchy #10 and Rafa Marquez #4 of the New York Red Bulls celebrate the goal by Lindpere against FC Dallas during a wild card match at Pizza Hut Park on October 26, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
History repeated itself as New York defeated FC Dallas 2-0 in pre-season action down in Cancun today. Goals in each half from Kenny Cooper and Corey Hertzog sealed FCD's fate. Not much more is known about the game at this point. Will update later when more details are known. Dallas ends the week in Cancun with a record of 1-1-1 and just one goal scored in the 2 1/2 games.
FCD is scheduled to head back to Frisco tomorrow for two more weeks in the metroplex before going to Orlando for the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic which will serve as the serious game preparation for the upcoming season. I hear FCD will have a friendly next Saturday against Tulsa as well as possibly another game or two next week.
Edit: The match recap is now up on the NYRB website
Here is the first half lineup which is presumably in a 4-4-2
FC Dallas (First Half) – Kevin Hartman (GK), Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, Hernan Pertuz, Jair Benitez, Andrew Jacobson, Ricardo Villar, Fabian Castillo, Scott Sealy*, Brek Shea, Blas Perez
I wouldn't read too much into this as there is no Daniel Hernandez, but it is very interesting to see that Scott Sealy and Blas Perez were up top together. Reading the recap, Blas Perez hit the post twice off crosses, one coming from Fabian Castillo while Kenny Cooper scored on a Dane Richards cross.
Keep reading for the second half stats including a new trialist and more
FC Dallas (Second Half) – Chris Seitz (GK), Kleyner Bejarano*, Matt Hedges, Christian Ibeagha*, Scott Gordon, Bruno Guarda, Bobby Warshaw, Rodolfo Espinoza* (Andrew Wiedeman 81’), Bryan Leyva, Nicolas Gianni* (Moises Hernandez 81’), Ulises Mendivic*
I'm going to assume Ulises Mendivic is Ulises Mendivil a journeyman Mexican forward. Interesting to see Wiedeman not getting a lot of time & Nico Gianni given some more good minutes. Also, you can glean from things that Hernan Pertuz is likely a little bit above Matt Hedges on the depth chart at this point.