May 11, 2011 MLS--Dallas Road Test For Toronto (from

Dallas Road Test For Toronto
Reds' Wednesday night opponent unbeate in three games.
May 11, 2011

Toronto FC won for the first time in league play since the season opener in their last match, a 2-1 home win against the Houston Dynamo. Toronto returns 
home to play Chicago on Saturday, before heading out on the road again to take on Vancouver (NCC Final first leg) and Colorado. FC Dallas kick off 
a three-game homestand when they return to Pizza Hut Park to face Toronto FC on Wednesday evening. FCD are unbeaten in their last three games, coming 
away from D.C. United last weekend with a point in a scoreless draw. 

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Toronto FC put an end to their winless streak at seven games, with a 2-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening at BMO Field. TFC has 
10 points from 9 games on the season, in a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.


* Toronto FC took the lead early in the second half. After scooping up an errant clearance, Nick Soolsma cut into the box before being pulled down 
by Houston's Andre Hainault. Joao Plata put the resulting penalty straight and high, tucking it just below the crossbar to score his first MLS goal.
* Plata appeared to have won a second penalty in the 60th minute when he went down under a challenge from Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. Though referee 
Jorge Gonzalez pointed to the spot, assistant referee Adam Wienckowski had raised the flag for offside.
* TFC still doubled the lead in the 81st minute. Plata this time played provider, laying the ball behind the Houston back line for Maicon Santos to run 
onto, and he ripped a low, hard shot past Hall.
* The Dynamo cut the lead in the 87th minute when Je-Vaughn Watson corraled a loose cross and laid it back for Lovel Palmer, who hammered a low drive 
past Stefan Frei from the top of the box.
* TFC head coach Aron Winter made five changes to the team that lost 3-0 to Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field. Out were Dan Gargan, Danleigh Borman, 
Maicon Santos, Javier Martina and Alan Gordon, and coming in were Richard Eckersley, Mikael Yourassowsky, Tony Tchani, Nick Soolsma and Joao Plata.
TORONTO FC (4-2-1-3): Stefan Frei - Richard Eckersley, Dicoy Williams, Adrian Cann, Mikael Yourassowsky - Julian de Guzman, Tony Tchani 
- Jacob Peterson (Matt Gold 76') - Nick Soolsma, Alen Stevanovic (Maicon Santos 75'), Joao Plata (Dan Gargan 93'+).


FC Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to three games, reaching a scoreless draw with D.C. United on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. FCD has 
11 points from 8 games on the season, sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference.


* The game's best chance came in the closing stages. A low cross from Josh Wolff found Fred dangerously open in front of the net. But his header couldn't 
get the best of lunging FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who steered the shot aside.

* Hartman was credited with three saves in the FC Dallas goal, while Bill Hamid made two saves for United.
* FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made two changes to the team that got a late goal for a 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy at Pizza Hut Park. 
Jackson Goncalves and Jair Benitez were out of the side, with Zach Loyd and Milton Rodriguez coming in.
FC DALLAS (4-1-4-1): Kevin Hartman – Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Brek Shea - Daniel Hernandez - Marvin Chavez, Andrew Jacobson, 
Eric Avila (Ruben Luna 76'), Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 90') - Milton Rodriguez (Eric Alexander 46').

REFEREE: Yader Reyes. SAR (bench): Chris Strickland; JAR (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Allen Chapman

Reyes Career: 12 games; Fouls called/game: 25.9; Yellow cards/game: 3.6; Red cards: 3; Penalties: 0

INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle surgery); DF Jair Benitez (L knee strain); 
FW Maykel Galindo (L foot strain) … TORONTO FC – OUT: MF Elbekay Bouchiba (R knee surgery recovery); FW Alan Gordon (adductor strain); 
QUESTIONABLE: FW Keith Makubuya (adductor strain); MF Gianluca Zavarise (adductor strain)



* ALL-TIME (8 meetings): FC Dallas 4 wins, 12 goals … Toronto FC 1 win, 10 goals … Ties 3
* AT DALLAS (4 meetings): FC Dallas 3 wins, 8 goals … Toronto FC 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 1
* RETURN MATCH: July 20: Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m. (TSN)


* July 24: Toronto 1-1 Dallas (Maicon Santos 61 – Rodriguez 77)
* September 4: Dallas 1-0 Toronto (Cunningham 47)
* Since a 4-0 victory June 17, 2007 in the first meeting ever between the clubs, Toronto FC haven’t defeated FC Dallas. FCD has won four of the seven 
encounters since, with three draws.
* Toronto FC have never won at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas have won three of the four all-time meetings in Frisco (with one draw), including a 1-0 win 
last year.
* Coaches' record: Aron Winter vs. DAL: first game … Schellas Hyndman v TOR: P6 W3 L0 D3

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