The New York Red Bulls were able to capitalize on an early red card given to an already weakened FC Dallas side.
FRISCO, Texas – The New York Red Bulls were able to take advantage of an early sending off Sunday and get a 1-0 road victory against FC Dallas.
Thierry Henry latched on to a long ball over the top in the 71st minute and played in Bradley Wright-Phillips who was able to touch the ball past Raul Fernandez for the match’s only goal.
FC Dallas, already missing midfielders Mauro Diaz and Michel because of injuries, became further handicapped when Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off in the 10th minute for an intentional kick to Tim Cahill’s groin.
The Red Bulls were unable to do anything with the advantage for the majority of the match. They had a decent opportunity in the 18th minute when Roy Miller set up Eric Alexander with an unmarked look at goal, but Raul Fernandez made the save.
Dallas’ frustration with referee Edvin Jurisevic continued after the red card. Fabian Castillo went down in the box in the 26th miunte, and Jurisevic whistled him for simulation. Castillo punched the ground in anger and confronted the assistant referee, earning him a yellow card.
The hosts had another solid chance on goal in the 38th minute as Jair Benitez worked his way up from defense and got in on goal but he was well defended and his chance was ushered wide. Benitez again struggled moments later when his giveaway from the ensuing corner sprung Bradley Wright-Phillips on a counter attack, but the Dallas defender stuck with the play and was able to block the Englishman’s effort.
FC Dallas again started brighter in the second half, with a Blas Perez shot lofted over the crossbar in the 50th minute the first notable action after the break.
Perez failed to convert again in the 58th minute when his penalty was saved by a diving Luis Robles. The foul was awarded when Cahill shoved Danny Garcia on Robles’ left-hand side. Robles was alert again moments later when he was again called into action for the away side.