With FC Dallas returning less than 24 hours before their game last night with Chivas USA, most believed Dallas would have been out of gas for the game, especially when having to deal with 102 degree weather. With a little bit of luck, Dallas earned their 12th shutout of the season - a league high - in the 1-0 win over Chivas.
Marvin Chavez scored his forth goal of the season, his third in the last two games. Kevin Hartman picked up his league leading 12th shutout in the win, just four shy if the league's all-time mark set by Tony Meola. It was also his 105th shutout of his career.
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Heat was a big player for both sides. As you'll hear below, most of the guys felt the heat last night and in a way it made the game fairly even. Dallas was mentally tired from all the travel but the heat wore Chivas down probably quicker than some would have expected. You could tell after about 15 minutes that Chivas was sucking-wind and were struggling with the high temperatures, which happened to tie a Pizza Hut Park record for hottest start to a game. Some were saying in the press box that down on the field it was probably a good 10 to 15 degrees hotter, so you can only imagine how hot it felt for the players playing last night.
Smart changes to the lineup. Schellas Hyndman commented that he wanted to save at least two or three players last night including Daniel Hernandez and Andrew Jacobson. He got to save those two but did have to play a couple other guys like Ugo Ihemelu and Zach Loyd, who picked up some knocks in El Salvador.
I liked the addition of Ruben Luna to the starting lineup. With Luna being really the only true striker left on the senior roster, he made the most of his first start since April. He created quality chances for himself and was able to pressure the back four of Chivas early and often. He had the gas in the tank really to do this which paid off for Hyndman and the club as he helped create the games lone goal.
Other changes that worked for me was Bobby Warshaw in the midfield for Hernandez. The rookie had a couple bad passes early but calmed down for the rest of the match until being subbed out in the second half.
Total team effort. Hyndman talked about the character of the team last night a lot. In a way this win was a total team effort as they really dominated and dictated the pace of this game with Chivas. I felt Chivas was really slow in their approach to the game and only had a couple real quality chances on goal. You have to enjoy seeing this club go here as they now have 42 points on the season, just a few shy of their total for last season.
DAL - Marvin Chavez (Ruben Luna) 26
CHV - Zarek Valentin (caution; reckless tackle) 16
DAL - Bobby Warshaw (caution; reckless foul) 49
DAL - Bruno Guarda (caution; reckless tackle) 53
FC Dallas - Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Brek Shea, Bobby Warshaw (Jackson 56), Bruno Guarda, Ricardo Villar (Eric Alexander 63), Marvin Chavez, Ruben Luna (Maykel Galindo 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Andrew Wiedeman, Daniel Hernandez, Victor Ulloa.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Ruben Luna 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Mavin Chavez 2); FOULS: 11 (Bruno Guarda 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Marvin Chavez, Brek Shea, Ruben Luna 1); CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 2 (Kevin Hartman 2).
Chivas USA - Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin, Michael Umana, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud (Alejandro Moreno 59), Simon Elliott (Paulo Nagamura 64), Blair Gavin, Jorge Flores (Ben Zemanski 81), Justin Braun, Nick LaBrocca.
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Francisco Mendoza, Marcos Mondaini, Mariano Trujillo.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Blair Gavin, Nick LaBrocca 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Justin Braun, Nick LaBrocca 1); FOULS: 11 (Michael Lahoud 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Blair Gavin, Ante Jazic, Justin Braun 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Heath Pearce 4); SAVES: 3 (Dan Kennedy 3).
Referee: Elias Bazakos
Referee's Assistants: Adam Garner, Eric Boria
4th Official: Armando Villareal
Time of match: 1:51
Weather: Clear, 102 degrees
Hyndman on Chivas win
Hyndman on the travel and short rest before Chivas game:
Ruben Luna on the win and his contribution to the game:
George John on the heat: