Players on loan are usually forbidden to play against the clubs that have loaned them out, but for the annual USA-Brazil Challenge between FC Dallas and Clube
Atletico Paranaense an exception was made.
CAP may want to re-think the arrangement after Andre Rocha
scored for Dallas in a 2-0 victory in the first-leg of
their their two-game series Thursday in Curitiba, Brazil. The second leg is March 22 at Pizza Hut Park; last year, CAP won the home leg, 3-1, and also won in Dallas, 1-0.
Ricardinho and Andre Rocha's first appearances at the Kyocera Arena since being loaned to FC Dallas. Ricardinho arrived last year and André Rocha is among FCD's offseason acquisitions. So as
not to offend their friends and family in attendance, not to mention their fans, both players muted their celebrations.
Many members of CAP's first team played against Dallas, and a few
of the under-20 players FCD had faced on Tuesday also took part. CAP had another game to play the same night; a Copa de Brasil match against Corinthians Alagoano followed FCD's victory
André Rocha put away a chip from Pablo Ricchetti
early in the match, and Ricardinho stole a back pass to evade keeper Julian Viafara and roll in the second goal eight minutes before
halftime. Coach Steve Morrow sent out his team in a 3-4-1-2 formation lacking defender Duilio Davino and midfielder Juan Toja, who were nursing minor injuries.
André Rocha played
in the hole behind forwards Kenny Cooper
and Ricardinho, with Marcelo Saragosa
and Pablo Ricchetti in central midfield, Bobby Rhine
on the right and David Wagenfuhr
the left. Aaron Pitchkolan
took the middle in Davino's absence between defenders Drew Moor
on the right and Adrian Serioux
on the left. Dario Sala
went the full 90 in
goal for the first time this preseason.
"The level of competition was obviously higher than it's been so far, so we were looking to raise our game a little tonight, and I was delighted
with the outcome," said Morrow. "The quality of our passing, particularly in the first half, was very, very good. I thought the midfield guys in particular moved the ball very well, created a
lot of opportunities. We could've been four nil up at halftime, so it was very pleasing."
Sala saved three long shots in the second half to keep CAP scoreless and FC Dallas killed off
the game with long stretches of possession that drew praise from the fans, who had also jeered their team off the field at the end of the first half.
"It was very pleasing for me in the
second half, especially to see the stadium filling up and the crowd applauding us at times for the way we moved the ball," added Morrow. "I think it was a great experience for the boys, and they
showed a lot of maturity."
FC Dallas ends its Brazilian stint with a match against Avai Futbol Clube in Florianopolis Saturday.