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Hoops get rematch with Red Bulls

Published 4/30/2007 9:18:12 AM by Staff from FCDallas.net
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The early season class of Major League Soccer meets on ESPN Primetime Thursday this week, as the New York Red Bulls travel to Frisco to take on FC Dallas. The teams met just 11 days ago, the Red Bulls claiming a 3-0 victory as they caught FC Dallas on the back end of two games in four days with a cross-country trip in between. The teams both have seven points on the season to lead the MLS overall table. The Red Bulls have yet to lose this season - and yet to concede a goal, while FC Dallas has just the loss to New York, but has scored the most goals in the league this year.

INJURY REPORT: FC DALLAS - OUT: MF Marcelo Saragosa (R knee), DF Adrian Serioux (R knee); FW Roberto Mina (L knee), DF David Wagenfuhr (concussion) ... NEW YORK RED BULLS - OUT: MF Blake Camp (R ankle sprain): FW Mike Magee (R knee surgery recovery); MF Markus Schopp (sports hernia); PROBABLE: MF Elie Ikangu (L shoulder separation)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: DAL: GK Dario Sala (through April 29) ... NY: MF Clint Mathis (through April 26)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (29 meetings): FC Dallas 14 wins (0 shootout), 48 goals ... Red Bulls 13 wins (1 shootout), 41 goals ... Draws 2
AT DALLAS (13 meetings): FC Dallas 6 wins (0 shootout), 23 goals ... Red Bulls 6 wins (0 shootout), 20 goals ... Draws 1
• This is the second of the two league meetings scheduled between the teams this season, both coming in the first month of the season.
• A season ago, FC Dallas claimed both meetings between the two teams, winning 2-1 both on May 24 at the Meadowlands and July 8 in Frisco.
• Over the last five seasons, the two teams have alternated winning the season series - Dallas winning on the even years, and the MetroStars/Red Bulls on the odd ones.
• Coaches record: Steve Morrow vs. NY: P1 W0 L1 D0 ... Bruce Arena v DAL: P10 W5 L5 D0

LAST MEETING
4/15: NY 3, DAL 0 (Altidore 18; Mathis 34; van den Bergh 93+)
• The New York Red Bulls defeated FC Dallas 3-0 on April 15 at Giants Stadium. Brutal weather conditions once again greeted the Red Bulls as they played their home opener against an FC Dallas team playing for the second time in four days with a cross-country trip in between.
• With Claudio Reyna out for the opener to a thigh contusion suffered in the opener, Clint Mathis was given the start in midfield, and by the 34th minute had played a major part in putting the Red Bulls in front by two goals.
• In the 18th minute, Mathis swung in a corner kick from the left and Jozy Altidore got to it first at the near post and sent a flick header over FC Dallas 'keeper Shaka Hislop inside the back stick.
• Then in the 34th minute Mathis doubled the lead himself. Dane Richards chased down a rolling ball in the right corner and sent a low pass into the goalmouth where Altidore's little flick got it past the first defender for Mathis to pound high into the goal from close range.
• Dave van den Bergh finished off the miserable afternoon deep into second-half stoppage time after a cross from the right was pushed out by a diving Hislop, but only as far as the Dutch winger, who drove the ball into the unguarded goal from the top of the box. The weather was so dire two players were forced from the contest with hypothermia -- FCD defender Clarence Goodson and Red Bulls goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus.
• Here's Arena's team (4-4-1-1): Ronald Waterreus (Jon Conway 46) - Hunter Freeman, Carlos Mendes, Jeff Parke, Todd Dunivant - Dane Richards, Dema Kovalenko, Seth Stammler, Dave van den Bergh - Clint Mathis - Josmer Altidore. Substitutes Not Used: Sal Caccavale, Tim Regan, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Joe Vide, John Wolyniec, Marvell Wynne