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Friday, July 4, 2014
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia (4-7-6) at FC Dallas (6-7-5), 9 p.m.
Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas will welcome the Philadelphia Union
to Toyota Stadium on Friday for its first home match in league play since June
After getting a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids in its last match on home
soil, Dallas hit the road for two matches and brought back two points. The
club played to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers prior to the World Cup
break before returning to action on Sunday with a scoreless draw against the
Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was not satisfied with the solitary point against
Columbus, saying that his team had multiple chances to get the goal that would
have won the affair.
"Really, it comes down to goals. Goals give you points. I can't explain myself
of how we didn't end up with three points," said Pareja. "We had four clear
chances to score, everybody saw it. But that was due to hard work, discipline,
the tactical discipline the boys showed."
Keeping a clean sheet was an important goal for Dallas as it had conceded a
total of six goals in its previous three games.
"We kept a clean sheet, which was good," said midfielder Adam Moffat. "Didn't
look like conceding too many times, but probably should have scored a few. I
think we're disappointed about that. You come on the road, you bury your two
chances and get your three points. We didn't get that, but at the same time,
it was positive. We were disciplined in our shape and we didn't give them too
much. They had a lot of the ball, but in places that we're fine with."
Philadelphia, meanwhile, has been in a positive vein of form despite some
turnover to the coaching staff.
Despite parting ways with head coach John Hackworth, the Union have managed to
take seven points from their last three games to climb to seventh place in the
"It has nothing to do with the coach. It has to do with the players," interim
coach Jim Curtin said. "I have good players. I would say that the first half
of the year we had a lot of very good players that had a poor first half of
the season. This is the second half of the season, it's a new start for them."
Most recently, Philadelphia went to Gillette Stadium and grabbed a surprising
3-1 win over the New England Revolution.
Sebastien Le Toux played a starring role in the win. The Frenchman has now
recorded six goals and three assists in his last five games across all
"It feels great scoring the amount of goals that I have in the past couple of
games," Le Toux said. "I was injured for a little while with back spasms which
I was playing with - so the fact that I feel 100 percent going into the game
"I just want to feel as well in the future and I know that I can bring more to
the team. If the coach puts me more as a forward along with my confidence I
think that I can do well going into the future."
07/03 17:01:25 ET