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New England over FC Dallas 1-0

Published 4/30/2007 9:25:13 AM by Staff from FCDallas.net
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Each trying to rebound from disappointing results in their last match, the New England Revolution went into hostile territory, got an early goal and held on the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon at Pizza Hut Park. Taylor Twellman put the Revolution in the lead after just 13 minutes for the game's only goal. Now the league leader with four goals on the season, it was his 79th career goal, tying him with Preki for the seventh-most goals in MLS history.

The Revolution won for the second time on the season, nine days after they had a late lead in Columbus before settling for a 2-2 draw. It was also their first victory at Pizza Hut Park in their last four trips -- two losses in MLS Cup Finals surrounding a 4-0 loss to FC Dallas in their visit to Frisco.

In the first half, FC Dallas generated the better chances, but few were serious in nature. Ramon Nunez and Kenny Cooper each had good opportunities, but neither found the frame.  Twellman's fourth goal of the year and 14th goal in 12 career games against FCD came after he got a beautiful cross from Steve Ralston, who was about 25 yards out. Twellman received it about 12 yards from the opposing net and executed a flawless volley with the inside of his right foot, sending the ball inside the far post. It was Ralston's 12th career assist against the Hoops.

The home side continued to press the attack, but to little advantage. In the 17th minute, Hoops second-year midfielder Dax McCarty, who was making his fourth consecutive start, got a decent look at the goal but saw his header sail high. Cooper dribbled his way toward the Revs goal in the 21st minute but goalkeeper Matt Reis did an outstanding job of cutting down the angle and was there for the save.

The hosts had six corner kicks in the first half, but the Hoops were unable to do anything with them. Then in the 41st minute, the Hoops won a free kick just outside the area, but Nunez's effort was headed over the endline by Joseph. Just before the break, Revs striker Pat Noonan got free from FCD right back Drew Moor and had a good look at the goal but Hislop was there for the save. The ball did pop loose but the Hoops 'keeper was there to end the threat.

Both coaches made changes to start the second half. FCD head coach Steve Morrow brought on speedy forward Dominic Oduro for midfielder Aaron Pitchkolan, switching his formation from the 4-3-1-2 that the Hoops started the match with to a 4-2-3-1 with Oduro, Ruiz and Cooper up top.  New England head coach Steve Nicol brought on James Riley for Avery John. In the fifth minute, John was issued a yellow card after a reckless foul.

The Revs looked to have scored a second goal when Ralston and Twellman hooked up yet again in the 54th minute. But Twellman's score was disallowed after he was whistled offside by the far linesman. FCD left back Chris Gbandi, who was very active going forward for much of the afternoon for the Hoops, tried to find Oduro in the middle of the box in the 58th but Reis was there to make a diving save.

Nicol made his second change in the 61st, bringing on rookie Adam Cristman for Noonan, while Morrow's second substitution came just one minute later as he brought on Arturo Alvarez for Ruiz, who looked to be laboring for much of the day because of a tight hamstring.

The Hoops got another chance in the 65th when Nunez blasted one from about 25 yards out, but as he was for much of the afternoon, Reis was there to make a diving stop and push the ball over the endline to the left of the goal. FCD was unable to do anything with the ensuing corner kick. New England's first shot after the break didn't come until the 59th minute when Khano Smith saw his effort sail over Hislop and the FCD goal.

FCD clearly was much better in possessing the ball than they were in a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Thursday. But, for much of the afternoon, they were unable to string enough passes together to mount many effective scoring chances and their timing on runs and passes looked a bit off. In the 73rd minute, Oduro made things happen again as he sent a quality ball toward the far pos, where Alvarez was waiting. Alvarez was unable to corral the ball and it bounced to the feet of Cooper, who tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to lob the ball over Reis and into the net.

Twellman got another chance at making it 2-0 in the 76th minute. He got free from FCD center back Clarence Goodson and dribbled into the Hoops box, but Hislop was there for the save.  Hislop was forced into two more saves to keep his team in the match, first stopping Joseph in the 81st minute, then Twellman when he had another golden chance in the 84th but was unable to get the full force behind the ball.

In the 86th, Oduro showcased his speed as he dashed up the right side and nearly got free for a great look at the New England goal, but his effort sailed into the side of the netting. Just before the final whistle, the Hoops made one last push for a draw. On what looked to be the final sequence of the match, FCD got a corner and Hislop rushed forward to join the attack.

The Hoops 'keeper actually took Reis out on the play and the ball fell to the feet of substitute Abe Thompson. But with the open goal gaping save for a Revolution defender standing on the line, he put his effort into the outside of the net and the final whistle sounded immediately after.

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