Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Dallas loses USA-Brazil Challenge shootout
March 16th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS]Jeff Cunningham scored in the first minute but late in the match had to be removed when FC Dallas lost its starting goalkeeper to a red card as Clube Atletico Paranaense prevailed on penalty kicks to win the USA-Brazil Challenge, an annual competition between the teams.

Dallas won the match at Pizza Hut Park, 1-0, which left the teams tied on aggregate, 4-4. CAP converted all five of its penalty kicks in the tiebreaker, and emerged victorious via the one Dallas miss -- by former CAP player Andre Rocha.

Coach Schellas Hyndman sent out a forward duo of Kenny Cooper and Cunningham, and a midfield of Dave van den Bergh on the left, former CAP player David Ferreira in the attacking role, Pablo Ricchetti holding, and Dax McCarty manning the right flank. In the back, Blake Wagner lined up at left back, Danny Torres and Steve Purdy occupied the middle, and Drew Moor played right back. Ferreira, on loan from CAP, played just second match for FCD; the first was CAP's 4-3 win in the first leg in Brazil.

Cunningham scored just 52 seconds into the match when CAP defender Antonio Carlosplayed an attempted clearance right to him. The Dallas forward responded with a lob over the head of goalie Vinicius for his sixth goal of preseason and a shock early lead.

He nearly scored again a few minutes later when he got a shot past the keeper that defender Luis Rhodolfo blocked on the goal line. Vinicius stopped three shots in the early going from Cooper, who had missed two training sessions this week yet recovered sufficiently to earn the start. Van den Bergh and Cooper linked up on several occasions, and in the 37th minute van den Bergh crossed from the right and Cooper's header went right to the goalie.

Rocha replaced McCarty in the 69th minute as CAP's attacks increased. An apparent goal by Lima in the 71st minute was disallowed, and 10 minutes later FCD went down to 10 men. Goalie Dario Sala came out to challenge Lima and stopped the shot with his hand outside the penalty area. Lima put the rebound into the net, but the referee had already blown the whistle and reached for his red card.

Ray Burse replaced Cunningham and took over in the nets. Seconds later, Julio Dos Santos whipped the ensuing free kick on goal and Burse saved spectacularly at the near post. He responded again the final minutes to deny two sharp shots from Jorge.

CAP goalkeeper Galatto, who replaced Vinicius at halftime, saved from Rocha on FCD's fourth shot as his teammates held serve to prevail, 5-4.

March 14 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 1, Clube Atletico Paranaense 0.Goal: Cunningham 1.
FC Dallas - Sala, Wagner (Pitchkolan 91+), Torres, Purdy, Moor, van den Bergh, Ricchetti, Ferreira, McCarty (Rocha 69), Cunningham (Burse 82), Cooper.
Clube Atletico Paranaense -Vinicius (Galatto 46), Ze Antonio (Marcio Azevedo 46), Luiz Rhodolfo, Santos, Antonio Carlos (Gustavo 46), Netinho (Sandro 63), Julio Cesar (Jorge 59), Chico, Moura (Lima 59), Marcinho (Gabriel 81), Renan (dos Santos 64).
Red card: FC Dallas -- Salas 81.
(Aggregate: 4-4; Clube Atletico Paranaense wins on penalties, 5-4.)



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Diego Maradona    
"He must go on because he has it in him and will last for a long ...
What They're Saying: Joe Hart    
"From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry. I'm an England fan through and through and ...
USL Rewind: Saint Louis rewards another sellout crowd    
As the midpoint of the season approaches, there's a good mix of elite teams and those ...
MLS Power Rankings: Colorado stays on top    
A few teams in the top 10 of Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings changed places, but ...
Copa Centenario: How U.S. players rated    
The USA's performance at the 2016 Copa Centenario was a mixed bag, as reflected by how ...
Video Pick: Gio and Manneh lead MLS golazos    
Giovani dos Santos' pinpoint header off a Steven Gerrard cross and Kekuta Manneh's 19-yard shot after ...
Euro 2016: Results & schedule    
After the round of 16, Euro 2016 breaks for three days before the quarterfinals, which will ...
TV Report: Centenario final draws 9.9 million viewers    
The Copa Centenario final between Argentina and Chile was watched by 6,900,000 million viewers on Univision ...
Video Pick: Explaining the Rise of Iceland    
Sixteen years ago, Iceland, a nation of 325,000, came up with a master player development plan. ...
NWSL Rewind: Flash flood of goals ties record    
The Western New York Flash tied an NWSL record when it beat the Boston Breakers, 7-1. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives