Chivas USA Record Second Consecutive Point in Scoreless Tie at FC Dallas

Chivas USA will continue their 10-day road trip when they travel north of the border to square off with the Montreal Impact on Sunday, July 7, beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) at Stade Saputo.

FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, July 4, 2013) – Chivas USA (3-10-4) played FC Dallas to a scoreless tie Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium to record their second consecutive point. With the result, Red-and-White goalkeeper and captain Dan Kennedy recorded Chivas’ first clean sheet of the season and handed their conference rival their third draw at home.

The first half featured plenty of offensive threats by both sides, as forward Jose Correa got off the match’s first shot on frame inside the first minute off a turnover from about 25 yards out that was controlled by FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The Rojiblancos were able to get looks at goal in the first part of the initial 45 on a series of crosses from outside the left side of the box, but could not finish the attempts.

In the 13th minute, Jorge Villafaña sent a cross into the box that was cleared away by FCD’s defense and right to Carlos Alvarez. The midfielder gathered the ball on top of the arc but let off a shot that sailed over the crossbar. The Goats began to take shots from the distance as both Eric Avila and Correa worked the ball in Chivas’ attacking third and found themselves in space for each of them to unleash strikes from about 30 yards out on the right seam in the 30th and 33rd minute, respectively.

The Red-and-White had their best look at going ahead in the 36th minute after playing through a corner kick. As the ball was played into the box it was momentarily loose and center back Walter Vilchez, with his back to goal, heal-flicked the ball to Correa who was onside behind the six-yard box. The forward gathered the pass, turned and got off a shot, but the attempt was just wide of the left post to keep the contest locked at zero heading into the second half.

Chivas USA had a dangerous look at breaking the scoreless match in the 54th minute when Avila made a solo move into the right side of the box and crossed it to Gabriel Farfan, who one-timed his shot near the short area, but the midfielder’s shot was deflected. Alvarez tried to follow up the attempt with a shot of his own but by then the FCD defense was able break up the threat. Kennedy was stout for his side as well, as he came up big in the 87th minute. FCD got off a cross from the left sideline from Jair Benitez who found Blas Perez near the penalty spot for a header. But Kennedy was there to deny the shot, keeping the clean sheet intact.

With the last minutes of stoppage time counting down, forward Julio Morales – who came into the match in the second half to make his first appearance for the Rojiblancos since completing his international call-up duty with Mexico’s U20’s – created space for himself on top of the arc and unleashed a potent left-footed strike that was on frame. Only a diving save by Fernandez was able to keep it from finding the back of the net, as the match ended in a scoreless draw.

Chivas USA will continue their 10-day road trip when they travel north of the border to square off with the Montreal Impact on Sunday, July 7, beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) at Stade Saputo. The match will be the first and only meeting between the clubs during the 2013 campaign and can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. For more information visit cdchivasusa.com and follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.

Chivas USA 0-0 FC Dallas

Scoring Summary

None

Misconduct Summary:

CHV – Jorge Villafaña (yellow, foul) 45+1’

CHV – Gabriel Farfan (yellow, dissent) 55’

FCD – Zach Loyd (yellow, foul) 70’

CHV – Jose Manuel Rivera (yellow, foul) 84’

FCD – Fabian Castillo (yellow, foul) 89’

Lineups

Chivas USA

Dan Kennedy, Marco Delgado, Mario de Luna, Walter Vilchez, Josue Soto, Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Alvarez (Carlos Borja 58’), Edgar Mejia, Jorge Villafaña (Jose Manuel Rivera 76’), Eric Avila, Jose Correa (Julio Morales 69’)

HC – Jose Luis Real

Subs not used: Patrick McLain, Bobby Burling, Oswaldo Minda, Marvin Iraheta

FC Dallas

Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, Matt Hedges, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd, Andrew Jacobson (Fabian Castillo 73’), Michel, Jackson (Eric Hassli 87’), David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper (Ramon Nuñez 64’), Blas Perez

HC – Schellas Hyndman

Subs not used: Chris Seitz, Bobby Warshaw, London Woodberry, Kellyn Acosta

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic

Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott, Kevin Duliba

Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga

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