Plenty of good talking points from today's game. Henry's comment made me laugh, he was very short and to the point.
General thoughts on the game...
We were able to create more scoring chances and I am glad that we were able to strike early. Both teams put a lot into today. Both teams played with a lot of energy, a lot of pride and courage. It was a sellout crowd and it turned out to be a beautiful day. They saw a good FC Dallas team today. I liked a lot of what I saw today and it's early. The team is only going to get better as the season goes on.
What did you talk about during halftime?
We talked about being careful on all of New York's counters because that is where they put a lot of moves on us.
What are your concerns moving forward?
Our concern is that we're trying to help out the U.S. Olympic Team as much as we can, but we're going to miss Brek being away. Fabian most likely won't be here for the next game due to his injury today. My biggest concern is the flank used to be our strength.
What are your thoughts on Blas Perez's performance today?
I thought Perez did a very good job under pressure. He had two or three killer passes that we could have done more with in addition to his two assists. Also, his two shots that were saved normally would not have been saved. He may be that striker we were looking for.
Defender Zach Loyd
What are your general thoughts on the game?
We've been building up to this game now for six weeks. The guys have put in a lot of hard work and with the turnout we had today everyone was really excited. We wanted to put on a good show. We came out strong in the first 15 minutes and got an early goal. That gave us a little momentum and we were able to ride that to a victory. Overall, the team did a great job today.
On his goal...
Andrew Jacobson hit a long ball to the back post and Ugo [Ihemelu] and Blas [Perez] did a great job battling. The ball just happened to fall to my feet. My only thought was to hit it low and hard and keep it on frame. Thankfully it went in.
On what it means to get a win today...
It was really important for our team morale to get a win today. With a crowd like that and the hard work we put in today, I think the result was fair. Hopefully we can continue to work hard and get a result next weekend against Portland.
Midfielder Ricardo Villar
On his goal...
I made an overlapping run and Blas [Perez], he's a smart player. He was aware of how the play was developing. He released me. It was perfect timing and I was able to get the goal. Two minutes before that I had a ball kind of in the same area, 50-50 with the goalkeeper and he made a save, so it felt even better for me to get this goal.
Talk about your celebration, it looked like you were cradling a baby.
My wife and kid are in Florida at the moment. I told them... It had been a tough week for me. I wasn't even sure if I was going to play because of the concussion on Wednesday. But I told them I was going to get a goal for them, so it was nice.
What does it mean for you to be able to score in the first game of the season?
It means a lot to me. I painted that picture in my mind. People close to me know how hard I've worked during my time here. And after coming back from injury this week and getting the opportunity to play in this game today, I wanted to be in the moment and play my best.
Forward Blas Perez
How did you feel today?
It felt really good to be out there with my teammates. They supported me with their play and I tried to support them out there as well. I felt like we played hard. We could have scored a few more goals, but we got the win and that's important. I had two good chances, but that just happens sometimes. I'm just glad we won.
Two very silly, crappy goals... You can't give away two goals like that. It's assists from our guys. Poor clearances. We deserved a better result. We had good possession. I don't think Dallas touched the ball the last 15 minutes. Perhaps, we can ask for a little bit more of an end product, but overall the work ethic was good. But, you can't handicap yourself two goals down with those kind of individual mistakes.
On Kenny Cooper...
It was great to see Kenny [Cooper] come on. He had a very good attitude. He was lively and brought a lot of energy that helped the team. When Victor (Palsson) came on with his power, it also lifted the team a little bit more. But, of course, you're happy to see Kenny have a good preseason and then being subbed in from the bench and showing this kind of attitude coming on. It's well done.
On defensive miscues...
[Stephen] Keel played well. Both Markus [Holgersson] and Keel. Markus was phenomenal in his first game in MLS. Keel played absolutely up to his limit. It's more, I would say, the individual mistakes for the first and second goal. Otherwise, we defended quite well even if we gambled a lot the last 30 minutes in the second half to try to tie the game. But, of course, [William] Conde gives you a little bit more in your attacking game with his left foot. He is very precise, a very good footballer too. Of course, it's very early, first game, but we will improve all the time getting Conde, Markus, Luke Rodgers in... we will have then, also a very strong bench when these guys are back.
On Ryan Meara...
He was quite nervous before the game. I could see his face and it's understandable. I only think he had one cross he missed in the first half, otherwise, two-three very good saves, so I'm happy for Ryan.
Midfielder Thierry Henry
We have to win games. And we have to score more goals in the opening minutes.
Goalkeeper Ryan Meara
On his debut
It was nice to come out and get the debut over with. It was a long preseason leading up to the first game. I thought another day we could have come out with a tie or a win. We played well in the second half, but it didn't fall our way today.
Were you nervous before the game?
I definitely felt a little butterflies walking out. It was a good atmosphere, lots of fans, lots of noise. I was enjoying every second of it. It was a lot of fun. It would have been a little sweeter had we been able to come out with a draw or win. If we play like we did the second half, we can have a pretty good season.
What happened on FC Dallas' first goal?
There was a scrum and it fell to one of their guys and he smacked it in.
Forward Juan Agudelo
General thoughts on the match...
I feel like we were really close to getting a goal at the end. Maybe we had some tired legs. We couldn't finish the game and get the tie.
On the formation...
It is tough being up there by myself. I felt great when we had two forwards playing up. I like Henry at midfielder and I think that's where he's the best. I like having Cooper up at forward because it helps stretch the back line.