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Dallas 2-2 New York: Fantastic Action In Frisco


We were expecting a lot of good hard-nosed football down at Pizza Hut Park. To be fair we weren’t disappointed as both sides were tough and gave plenty of action to the supporters in the Dallas area. From the start of the opening whistle both side were attacking and making fantastic plays. But it would be FC Dallas that gets on the score sheet first in the 24th minute.

It was a good run from FC Dallas as Heath Pearce took the ball along the far side of the area. A good cross that went into the middle of the field and pulled Bouna Coundoul away from the far post as Eric Alexander headed the ball towards Milton Rodriguez who had an open net and headed his shot in for the early lead. But a terrible decision by Brek Shea would send his team down a man.

Red Bulls with Possession and attacking the Dallas net on the near side. Shea ran at Dane Richards and stole the ball, but lost it. When Chris Albright retrieved it Shea took a reckless challenge and chopped him down. Two legged scissors challenge and referee Hilario Grajeda had no choice but to show the red card and send Shea off in the 29th minute. FC Dallas was down to ten men the rest of the match.

Red Bulls peppered Kevin Hartman all first half and got stopped, till first half stoppage time as the equalizer finally came. In the third minute of stoppage time a great ball from Roy Miller finds Joel Lindpere attacking the end line and a solid cross finds Mehdi Ballouchy who scores his first goal as a member of the Red Bulls. Great set up and a fantastic finish puts RBNY level at the half.

But this FC Dallas side was never quitting at all. They kept on attacking or found a way on the counter attack even while down a man and it was Eric Alexander who set up a goal, wanted one of his own. In the 68th minute Alexander would beat all four defenders and had a free path to the goal & slots it inside the near post to regain the lead, but a terrible mistake would get New York leveled again.

Late in the second half Lindpere has the ball again and looking at his options on the near side of the field. He saw Juan Pablo Angel making a run towards goal and he crossed a solid ball, but instead of Angel converting the second equalizer it was Jair Bentiez who scores the own goal in the 82nd minute. After a hard fought match from both sides some would say a two all draw would be fitting, but sadly it came with a heavy price.

FC Dallas came away with some nasty injuries and hopefully it won’t cost them with their remaining matches and heading into the playoffs. FC Dallas Captain Daniel Hernandez pulled a hamstring injury as he tried to make a turn and was subbed out in the 28th minute. Then something silly happened and you never thought it would come from one of the most honorable men in the game today.

After Mehdi Ballouchy converted the first half equalizer, you saw the camera cut to a close up of Ballouchy celebrating. Then out of nowhere you saw Kevin Hartman down on the ground rolling in pain holding his right knee. No one knew what happened till a couple of replays later and it was a terrible thing. Already carrying a yellow card in the match Thierry Henry jogged towards the ball and all of a sudden as he kicked it away to celebrate the goal he caught Hartman off his right ankle and foot. After halftime ended Hartman with a sleeve wrap on his right knee tried to see if he could continue and sadly couldn’t. Dario Sala came in to finish the entire second half.

Do I think Henry intended to injury Kevin Hartman? Of course not, but that was a stupid thing to do and Henry was very lucky to get away with something so dumb. If referee Hilario Grajeda did see that then it should’ve been Henry’s second yellow and he should’ve been sent off. I understand that Henry does these celebrations, but if the opposition is near the ball after the goal please leave it alone. At the moment thru tweets on Twitter Kevin Hartman picked up an MCL injury and if there are any other reports coming, I will update them here on this article. But once again this was a scrappy, hard fought match that ended in a two all draw.

UPDATE: From Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer, MLS has fined Thierry Henry $2,000 for his reckless action’s on FC Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman who has found out he suffered an MCL sprain & is out for two weeks. But Henry did not earn a suspension.

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  1. Abram

    September 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Good game. ESPN and MLS need to work together on a way to get good games on TV. Granted, I thought the RSL-SEA game would be good, but when Chivas-DCU are a Game of the Week something needs to be fixed.

    I feel like the lead was buried a little, with the Henry incident not coming up until the fourth paragraph. He should have gotten a yellow. I don’t think he is an especially dirty player, and I do think he did feel remorse for his actions, but that doesn’t excuse that it should have been his second yellow.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      September 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

      Thank you for your comments Abram. Honestly I wasn’t trying to bury the Henry-Hartman situation. I wanted to discuss the goals first then talk about that situation. The Red Card by Brek Shea was apart of the play going on along with the goals.

      But I made sure I discussed the Henry-Hartman situation, because as we all know that will be talked about for a good while. And even I agree that Henry should’ve earned his second yellow for that boneheaded move.

  2. Charles

    September 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Agree that game should have been televised. ESPN2 had the WNBA. The only team capable of winning in Seattle not named Sounders.

    That is just not right. Hartman is a HUGE part of why Dallas is having a historic season. They are on pace for the least loses in the history of MLS ( and there are a lot more teams to beat now then ever before ).

    Not sure why you call Henry one of the most honorable men in the game, there are plenty of people that DIDN’T intentionly handball to score out there. PLENTY. I wasn’t very upset about the goal, it was heat of the moment, but still there are plenty that haven’t done that.

    Did Henry apologize ?

    Everyone is saying that Dallas can’t win it all. IF they don’t lose EVER doesn’t that mean eventually they win it all ?
    Dallas can afford to pack it on D too, because they have such a great counter.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      September 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Yes Charles, Henry did apologize to Hartman walking off at the half & after the match I understand in the locker room area.

      Outside of the handball that Henry did to Rep. of Ireland, let’s be honest here. He’s still an honorable player. He is a good man, he just made a dumb move and next time he should be more careful.

  3. Lloyd

    September 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Both of these teams are play-offs bound and if this is any indication of how teams will perform in the play offs.We are in for a treat!!
    It really isn’t funny at all, But the incident with Henry and Hartman had me Cracking up. The redbulls are celebrating there goal, jumping for joy, and giving hugs and daps to eachother. then you see their attention being pulled away by poor Hartman screaming as if his life Depended on it!!! I ‘m sorry guys but I definetly had lol moment.

  4. Mike R

    September 17, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I am decidedly not a Red Bull supporter, but I agree with you on Thierry Henry’s goal celebration. Henry showed poor judgment, particularly for such a veteran. Hartman’s injury was a freak accident. Brek Shea’s rash challenge was far more egregious and punished accordingly. Overall, it was a match filled with incidents and action-packed. One of the most exciting MLS nights of the season. I saw it on MLS Matchday Live (great steaming by the way), but too bad it couldn’t have been shoehorned in to ESPN’s or FSC’s schedule. That match deservedf a big audience.

  5. katie

    September 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    henry is one of the most “honorable” men playing soccer today? you must have missed that handball to knock ireland out of the world cup.

  6. Tom

    September 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Considering some of the mediocre match-ups that have been on lately, it is frustrating that this game wasn’t televised.

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