Recap: Union Fall 3-1 in Dallas

Knighton handed early red card; Cunningham nets brace

Frisco Tx. (August 8, 2010) – On a scorching day at Pizza Hut Park, the
Philadelphia Union (4-10-3) fell 3-1 to FC Dallas (7-2-9), extending Dallas' unbeaten streak in league play to nine matches. After Alejandro Moreno’s first goal of the season in the ninth
 minute, Brad Knighton’s first start for the Union ended abruptly when the goalkeeper
received a red card following a bobbled ball in the box. David Ferreira
equalized on the ensuing penalty kick, and second half substitute Jeff
Cunningham’s brace gave Dallas the full three points.

WATCH: Highlights from the Union's 3-1 Loss to FC Dallas

FC Dallas
nearly struck first less than a minute into the match when Brek Shea ran onto a
ball in space along the left flank, crossing to an onrushing Ferreira.
Ferreira had an opportunity to bury the service, but he wasn’t able to get
a touch with a sliding attempt.

After curbing
Dallas’ initial onslaught, the Union struck first in the ninth minute.
Following a nifty combination between Sebastien Le Toux and Justin Mapp, Le
Toux’s initial shot from 15 yards out was blocked by goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
But Moreno relentlessly followed the rebound and eventually willed the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead despite getting knocked to the ground
during the sequence.

The Union’s
lead wouldn’t last after Knighton misplayed a routine through ball,
forcing him to commit a foul on Shea in the area. Knighton was handed a
red card, and Ferreira converted the penalty kick in the 23
minute to tie the match at 1-1.

Playing with
10 men, the Union nearly went down 2-1 in the 31
st minute, but Chris Seitz
made a tremendous save diving to his left off an angled, close-range strike
from Shea. Seitz was tested again in the 34
th minute when Milton
Rodriguez had a go from 22 yards out, but the 'keeper was up to the task again,
knocking the powerful shot over the bar.

Dallas had
another opportunity right before the half when Jair Benitez received a through
ball to the left of the net. Dribbling towards the near post, Benitez sent a
cross to the feet of Seitz, who bobbled the ball with Atiba Harris standing
over him. Harris had a wide open net from only a few yards away, but wasn’t
able to slot it home from a difficult angle.

Dallas had the
first dangerous scoring opportunity of the second half in the 58
th minute,
when Cunningham’s header from 10 yards out off of Benitez’s cross hit the
bar over a diving Seitz, keeping the score level at one apiece for the time being.

After entering
as a second half substitute for Moreno, Andrew Jacobson attempted to put the
Union up with a hard strike from long-range in the 64th minute, but Hartman was able to get in
front of the attempt and knock it forward. With some open net to work with,
Fred was unable to gain control of the bouncing rebound, squandering an
opportunity to take the lead.

Philadelphia did well to hold Dallas without a goal in the run of play for 52
minutes down a man, Dallas would break through in the 75
th minute.
Shea’s service into a crowded area found Cunningham’s head at the edge of
the six-yard box, and MLS’ second all-time leading scorer made no mistake to
put Dallas up 2-1.

Dallas capitalized with the Union
chasing the match looking for a late equalizer, going up 3-1 on Cunningham’s second goal of the night. The second half
substitute ran onto a through ball from Ferreira in Philadelphia’s area to the left of the goal and
calmly passed Seitz for an insurance goal.

The Union will return to MLS action Wednesday, 7:30pm against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park (TV: Live Well HD Network, 7:00pm pre-game show), while Dallas will square off against DC United Saturday at RFK Stadium.

Scoring Summary:

Alejandro Moreno 1 (Unassisted) 9’

FCD – David
Ferreira 5 (Unassisted) 23’

FCD – Jeff Cunningham
5 (Brek Shea 3, Jair Benitez 1) 75'

FCD – Jeff Cunningham
6 (David Ferreira 6) 81’

Misconduct Summary:

PHI -- Brad Knighton (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Foul)) 22  
PHI -- Michael Orozco Fiscal (caution; Tactical Foul) 55  
PHI -- Andrew Jacobson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 66  

Philadelphia Union
-- Brad Knighton, Cristian Arrieta, Danny Califf, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Justin Mapp (Chris Seitz 23), Eduardo Coudet, Kyle Nakazawa (Jordan Harvey 46), Fred, Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno (Andrew Jacobson 63).

Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Roger Torres, Nick Zimmerman.


FC Dallas
-- Kevin Hartman, Heath Pearce, Ugo Ihemelu (Zach Loyd 20), George John, Jair Benitez, Atiba Harris, Eric Avila (Jeff Cunningham 46), Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea, David Ferreira, Milton Rodriguez (Eric Alexander 77).

Substitutes Not Used: Marvin Chavez, Edson Edward, Bruno Guarda, Dario Sala.


Referee: Jair Marrufo  

Referee's Assistants
: Jason Cullum; Bill Dittmar  

4th Official: Jasen Anno  

Time of Game
: 1:53

Attendance: 8,732 

: Sunny-and-100-degrees