FRISCO, TX - JULY 16: Marvin Chavez #18 of the FC Dallas dribbles the ball against Ethan White #15 of the D.C. United at Pizza Hut Park on July 16, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

D.C. United At FC Dallas: Scoreless Stalemate In The Dallas Suburbs

For the second time this season, D.C. United and FC Dallas share the points in a goalless draw.

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D.C. United At FC Dallas: Both Sides Miss Chances In 0-0 Draw

As in their first meeting May 7 at RFK Stadium, D.C. United and FC Dallas huffed and puffed, but couldn't get the ball into their opponents' net, as both teams settled for a 0-0 draw Saturday night in the heat of Frisco, Texas.

Both sides had golden opportunities to take all three points in the second half. In the 56th minute, Brandon McDonald had a free header off an Andy Najar corner kick, but he could only direct it wide of Kevin Hartman's goal. FC Dallas' big moment came 10 minutes later, when Ethan White dawdled too long on the ball and was pick-pocketed by Marvin Chavez.  With Jackson waiting to Chavez's left, D.C. United defenders in the striker's wake, and Bill Hamid racing off his line, Chavez decided to pull the trigger himself, only to watch as the ball went horribly wide.

Dallas had one more chance three minutes from the end of normal time, as Jair Benitez sent a dangerous ball into the penalty area from the left touchline. However, the Brazilian Jackson only got enough of the ball to redirect it over Hamid's dive and off the top of the crossbar.

D.C. United return to RFK to face the New England Revolution Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.


D.C. United At FC Dallas: Few Chances, No Goals At Halftime

D.C. United and FC Dallas have extended their run of offensive futility when playing against each other this season to 135 minutes as the teams hit the halftime break locked in a goalless draw at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

United's best chance of the match came in the 18th minute, when Andy Najar tried a shot from 20 yards out that stung the palms of Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman. The rebound bounced harmlessly away from Joseph Ngwenya, who was camped on the doorstep. Najar caused more trouble for the home side in the 33rd minute as he sent in a curled free kick from the right channel that was deflected right to the foot of Brandon McDonald. Unfortunately for United, the center-back could only manage to screw his shot high over the bar.

Dallas had a couple chances of their own as Brek Shea was a focal point of the home side's offense. Shea's best opportunity came in the 20th minute when his blast from 30 yards out was slapped away by Bill Hamid. A few minutes earlier, the United keeper had to react quickly to deny a low cross by Jackson from the right side, managing to deflect it over the end line for an ultimately harmless corner kick.


D.C. United At FC Dallas: Black-And-Red Return To The Road, Hit Big D

UPDATE: Wolff is not in the team tonight, so as predicted, Joseph Ngwenya comes into the side, while Jakovic makes the bench.

The big story the last time D.C. United and FC Dallas met this season was Dax McCarty's first meeting against his former team. Now, McCarty has been sent to New York, and the return match in Dallas is merely a battle between two teams fighting to secure playoff positions in their respective conferences.

D.C. United (5-5-7) at FC Dallas (10-5-4)

When: 9:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16.

Where: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Team News And Tactics

D.C. United: The club's website brings us the news that Josh Wolff is questionable with a strained hamstring. If Wolff can't go, look for United to bring Joseph Ngwenya back into the starting line-up alongside Charlie Davies. Dejan Jakovic (strained hamstring) is listed as probable and seems likely to at least make the bench tonight, possibly with an eye toward returning to action Wednesday at home against New England. Brazilian midfielder Fred will have his stay with United extended through Wednesday's match after being originally scheduled to depart for Australia and his new club, Melbourne Heart, after this game. Melbourne agreed to United's request for an extension earlier this week.

FC Dallas: Daniel Hernandez (right knee) seems set to take up his defensive midfielder position in the lineup after missing FC Dallas' last two games. Ricardo Villar should replace Andrew Jacobson in the midfield after the latter suffered a right hamstring injury in last weekend's 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. Look for FC Dallas to play a 4-1-4-1 with Hernandez playing in front of the back four and Marvin Chavez leading the line ahead of a midfield foursome of Jackson, Brek Shea, Villar, and Eric Alexander.

Key To The Game

Contain Brek Shea: The 21-year-old Shea is a terror on the left wing, with eight goals so far this season (tied for second-most in the league with United's Charlie Davies). The onus will be on whoever United's left defender is (likely Perry Kitchen) to prevent Shea from making one of his terrifying breaks forward with the ball.

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