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Texans go undefeated on 3rd Sun Cup matchday

FC Dallas, Houston post wins, San Antonio draws Revs

It was a good day for teams from the Lone Star State in the Sun Cup preseason soccer tourney in Tucson on Saturday as Texans outscored their competition 10 - 4.

Portland Timbers FC 1 (Armenteros 70’) - FC Dallas 2 (Urruti 15’ 38’)

Portland’s struggles continued on Saturday as FC Dallas’s Michael Barrios as Maximillano Urruti made short work of the Timbers back line.

A turnover in the 15th minute left Barrios with the ball which he delivered to Urruti for the first goal. A cross from Barrios just before the 40-minute mark found the foot of Urruti, who sent it to the back of the net to double Dallas’s lead.

It was hard for Portland to develop any sort of effective attack for the first hour of the match. It fell to a 66th-minute substitution, Samuel Armenteros, the Swedish forward on loan from Italian club Benevento, to finally give an offensive spark.

Armenteros linked up with Diego Valeri in minute 70 to score in his first preseason appearance. Armenteros’s entry into the match marked a tactical change that might signal a new offensive shape for the coming season.

“Today we had to adapt to what we saw,” said coach Giovanni Savarese after the match. “By us going three in the middle and keeping Diego behind the two strikers and having a little more mobility on top, I felt that caused a few more problems for them...I thought it was good to see our players adapt to that situation.”

The Timbers continue their time in Tucson with a 2 pm match against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday at Kino North Stadium. FC Dallas is on their way to Panama City, Panama to play Tauro FC in the opening round of the CONCACAF Champions League.

New England Revolution 3 (Bunbury 22’, 41’, Delamea 44’) - San Antonio FC 3 (Guadarrama pk 11’, Guzmán 59’, 61’)

Soccer is so low scoring, isn’t it? A half-time lead for the New England Revolution didn’t survive a line-up change and the team had to settle for a tie rather than their first win of preseason.

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A foul from the Rev’s Andrew Ferrell in the box gave second-division San Antonio the first goal of the match. Cristian Penilla, on loan from Mexican club CF Pachuca, took advantage of a San Antonio turnover and got the ball to Teal Bunbury, who scored to tie up the match. Bunbury scored again 20 minutes later, this time with an assist from Brandon Bye. Antonio Delamea linked up with Diego Fagundez, playing in his new central midfield role, to score as the half ran down.

San Antonio took advantage of the less steady post-halftime line-up. Mexican forward Éver Guzmán scored twice in three minutes to tie up the match.

The Revolution is next scheduled to play against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. San Antonio returns home to Bexar County to continue its preseason against St. Edwards University.

Houston Dynamo 5 (García 30’, Wenger 40’, Manotas 55’, Steeves 77’, 83’) - New York Red Bulls 0

The Dynamo saw the six-goal scoreline of the previous match and said “hold my beer.” While they didn’t get to six, they ran rampant over an underpowered Red Bulls side, that consisted mostly of players from their lower-division affiliate team.

Honduran World Cup veteran Oscar Boniek García opened the scoring with a 30th minute rocket that came off of the hand of the Red Bulls keeper. Long time Dynamo forwards Andrew Wenger and Mauro Manotas extended the scoreline before the Dynamo took their starters off after the hour mark.

If the Red Bulls were hoping that the new Dynamo players on the field (which included Phoenix native George Malki and former FC Tucson player Justin Bilyeu) would make things easier, Houston draftee Mac Steeves ended that notion. The former Providence Friar paired up with midfielder Eric Bird to score two more.

After the match, coach Wilmer Cabrera kept it simple when talking about what Steeves brings to the squad.

“He likes to score and that’s why he’s here,” he said. “We like that from him. He’s hungry to score goals.”

Houston continues their run in Tucson with a match against Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday. The Red Bulls will split their team between a match at Kino in Tucson on Wednesday against Portland and one on Thursday against Honduran Club CD Olimpia, which will be held in Costa Rica.

Ted Prezelski writes about all things soccer, fútbol and piłka nożna for TucsonSentinel.com and at the blog How Flair is Punished (mindingthe.net).


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Portland Timbers FC v FC Dallas

Scoring Summary:
FCD: Maximillano Urruti 15'
FCD: Urruti 38'
POR: Samuel Armenteros 70'
Misconduct Summary:
No cautions or ejections
Portland Timbers FC: Dan Attinella (Jake Gleeson 60'), Alvas Powell (Zarek Valentin 80'), Larrys Mabiala (Julio Cascante 76'), Liam Ridgewell (Bill Tuiloma 76'), Marco Farfan (Vytas  Andriuškevičius 45') - Lawrence Olum, David Guzmán (Cristhian Paredes 45'), Dairon Asprilla (Samuel Armenteros 66'), Diego Valeri (Jack Barmby 80;), Sebastián Blanco (Andrés Flores 76') - Fanendo Adi (Jeremy Ebobisse 85')

FC Dallas:  Jesse González (Jimmy Maurer 46') - Reggie Cannon (Ryan Hollingshead 46'), Matt Hedges (Maynor Figueroa 46'), Reto Ziegler (Jordan Cano, 46'), Anton Nedyalkov (Kris Reaves 46') - Victor Ulloa (Kellyn Acosta 46'), Carlos Gruezo (Jacori Hayes 46'), Michael Barrios (Roland Lamah, 46'), Mauro Diaz (Paxton Pomykal 46'), Santiago Mosquera (Tesho Akindele 46') - Maximillano Urruti (Jesús Ferreira 46')

San Antonio FC v New England Revolution

Scoring Summary:
SA – Sonny Guadarrama 12' (pk)
NE – Teal Bunbury 22'
NE – Bunbury 41'
NE – Antonio Delamea 44'
SA – Éver Guzmán 59'
SA – Éver Guzmán 61'
Misconduct Summary:
SA – Sonny Guadarrama (caution 39')
SA – Mikey Lopez (caution 49')
NE – Wilfried Zahibo (caution 58')
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution 63')
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton - Chris Tierney (Gabriel Somi 45'), Claude Dielna (Jalil Anibaba 45'), Antonio Delamea (Nicolas Samayoa 70'), Andrew Farrell (Mark Segbers 45') - Wilfried Zahibo (Kevin Vang 70'), Scott Caldwell, Cristian Penilla (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 45'), Diego Fagundez (Kelyn Rowe 45'), Brandon Bye - Teal Bunbury (Brian Wright 45')
San Antonio FC: Diego Restrepo - Darnell King (Connor Presley 88'), Cyprian Hedrick, Gianluca Cuomo, Greg Cochrane - Ryan Roushandel (Omar Gordon 45'), Mikey Lopez, Kris Typrak (Pecka 45'), Sonny Guadarrama, José Escalante (César Elizondo 57') - Éver Guzmán (Mike Seth 88')

Houston Dynamo v New York Red Bulls

Scoring Summary:
HOU: Boniek García 30'
HOU: Andrew Wenger 40'
HOU: Mauro Manotas 55'
HOU: Mac Steeves 77'
HOU: Steeves 83'

Misconduct Summary:

No cautions or ejections

Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis (Michael Nelson 60') - Kevin Garcia (George Malki 70'), Philippe Senderos (Adolfo Machado 60'), Leonardo (Alejandro Fuenmayor 60'), DaMarcus Beasley (Justin Bilyeu 60') - Eric Alexander (Eric Bird 60'), Juan David Cabezas (Darwin Cerén 60') - Alberth Elis (Wilmer A. Cabrera 70'), Boniek García (Arturo Alvarez 60'), Andrew Wenger (Memo Rodriguez 70') - Mauro Manotas (Mac Steeves 70)
New York Red Bulls: Evan Louro - Niko De Vera, Kevin Politz (Wahab Ackwei 60'), Jordan Scarlett, Billy Stevens (Jordan Bailon 46') - Andrew Tinari (John Murphy 58'), Steven Echevarria, Jose Aguinaga (Jared Stroua 58', JP Marin 68') - Amando Moreno, Brian White (Jordan Jones 58'), Ben Mines (Stefano Bonomo 60')