FC Dallas defeated the Columbus Crew Saturday night in front of 20,704 fans at Pizza Hut Park, 2-0. The two game Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup series between the two teams ended 2-2 this year, with the Crew’s 2-0 win earlier in the season. However, the trophy was awarded to Dallas because the first tie breaker is total goals in the all time series. Dallas leads in that category, 55-54.
With the win, Dallas moves to 10-4-4 this year (34 points). Columbus drops to 6-5-6 (24 points).
Brek Shea scored the first goal for Dallas in the 58th minute. Marvin Chávez’s shot was saved by Crew goalie William Hesmer, but Hesmer couldn’t hold the ball and it went straight to Shea, who finished with right foot for his 8th goal of the season.
Dallas doubled the lead in the 76th minute. Jackson Gonçalves got behind Danny O’Rourke, who was making his first MLS appearance this season. Hesmer came out, but Gonçalves chipped the ball over Hesmer and right into the net.
Andy Iro, making his second consecutive start in the center of defense, picked up his second yellow card in the 82nd minute. He will be suspended for the Vancouver game on Wednesday. Midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo will also be suspended for yellow card accumulation. Rookie Rich Balchan picked up a groin injury during the game, and he won’t make the trip to Vancouver.
Dallas took 26 shots. Columbus took 9.
Columbus plays at Vancouver against the Whitecaps on Wednesday night. Dallas plays away against Real Salt Lake this Saturday.
Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Andy Iro, Josh Gardner (Robbie Rogers 60), Eddie Gaven, Rich Balchan (Danny O’Rourke 69), Emmanuel Ekpo, Bernardo Anor, Tommy Heinemann (Jeff Cunningham 65), Andres Mendoza.
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd (Andrew Wiedeman 89), George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez, Jackson, Eric Alexander (Ricardo Villar 60), Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Marvin Chavez (Milton Rodriguez 83).