FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez returned to action and played the entirety of the scoreless draw against DC Untied on Saturday after missing two weeks with swelling in his right knee.
Battling through 100-degree weather, Hernandez was more worried about his conditioning than his knee.
“I was little tired, especially at the end, but it’s one of those things you have to fight through,” Hernandez said. “You don’t practice for two weeks, it’s something you just have to do deal with, but health-wise, I felt OK right now.”
Hernandez was exhausted at the end of the match but managed to take two shots in the game. Hernandez didn’t have any issues with his knee on the field but wonders how it will react after the game.
If his knee continues to give him problems, Hernandez said surgery to scope the knee would be an option. He said surgery would keep him off the field for 3-4 weeks, but his mindset right now is to play the entire season. Hernandez does not want to miss practice to drain his knee, which he did during FC Dallas’ playoff run last year.
“That’s going to be the big question the next couple of days is how does the knee react, and we’ll make some decisions in the next couple of days,” Hernandez said.
Despite Hernandez's lack of activity over the last two weeks, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said the midfielder had a solid outing.
“He helped the defense,” Hyndman said. “I think they kept our defense really cautious. Because of that, the game really got stretched out.”
DCU – Ethan White (caution; tactical foul) 26
DAL – Daniel Hernandez (caution; tactical foul) 58
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jair Benitez, Brek Shea, Daniel Hernandez, Ricardo Villar (Bruno Guarda 61), Eric Alexander (Eric Avila 72), Jackson, Marvin Chavez (Milton Rodriguez 81).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Ruben Luna, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Jackson, Brek Shea 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Brek Shea 2); FOULS: 15 (Daniel Hernandez 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (Marvin Chavez 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Ricardo Villar 4); SAVES: 1 (Kevin Hartman 1).
D.C. United – Bill Hamid, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, Perry Kitchen, Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Andy Najar (Stephen King 72), Clyde Simms, Charlie Davies (Fred 54), Joe Ngwenya.
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Dejan Jakovic, Kurt Morsink, Conor Shanosky, Chris Korb.
TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Brandon McDonald 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Andy Najar 1); FOULS: 11 (Daniel Woolard, Charlie Davies 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Ethan White, Charlie Davies, Joseph Ngwenya 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Andy Najar 3); SAVES: 3 (Bill Hamid 3).
Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Craig Lowery
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of match: 1:50
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 100 degrees