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Dallas eyes turnaround at San Jose

Jun 5, 2015 - 8:26 PM San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas will be attempting to turn things around on Sunday when the club invades Avaya Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes.

Dallas has lost its last two games and taken just one point from its three most recent outings, including a humbling 4-0 defeat at Sporting Kansas City last Friday.

FCD has been a very inconsistent team this season, twice putting together runs of 10 points from four games, while also suffering a pair of 4-0 defeats.

The latest came when Krisztian Nemeth opened the scoring for Sporting in the 19th minute before Dallas defender Zach Loyd picked up his second yellow card in the 43rd, marking the third time a Dallas player has been sent off this season.

From there, Sporting added three more goals after the break to coast home to an easy win, leaving head coach Oscar Pareja disappointed with his team's intensity.

"We know what we face when we come here," Pareja said of the trip to Kansas City. "But a big part of the first half was matching that intensity. We were playing well until we got that red card, and then concentration defensively just went downwards."

Dallas must now pick itself up with the club in the midst of a five-game road trip that also includes stops at Seattle and Colorado in the next few weeks.

"We have to be mature," Pareja said of the team's current situation. "These experiences are difficult to swallow. I take the responsibility, and we'll move on."

San Jose is also coming off a disappointing result as the team was held in check for much of its 3-1 loss at Toronto FC last weekend.

Chris Wondolowski scored a first-half penalty kick to level the match at 1-1, but goals from Warren Creavalle and Luke Moore propelled TFC to three points, while San Jose managed very little in the offensive third.

"They defended well," San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear said of Toronto. "They sat deep and they let us play around them, but not really through them. And I thought our service - we had an opportunity to cross quite a few balls today, and give them credit for putting pressure on the ball, but I thought we were off a little bit in that department today."

Kinnear's team managed to put just one other shot on goal besides the penalty kick, which clearly isn't good enough.

The one bright spot was the continued production from Wondolowski, who has now scored in each of San Jose's last four games to rank second in MLS with eight goals on the campaign.

Sunday's meeting will mark the second of the season between the two teams with FCD having claimed a 1-0 win in the season opener thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Blas Perez.