WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: Maicon Santos #29 of the D.C. United celebrates after scoring a goal against the FC Dallas at RFK Stadium on March 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
FC Dallas ended their two-game road trip on a very sour note with another poor second half that doomed the Dallas side to a 4-1 defeat at RFK Stadium against DC United. For FCD, it was the first three-goal loss in an MLS game since June 12, 2011 and it came against a DC United team that had scored just one goal in their first three games.
FCD was OK in the first half, with DC taking a 1-0 lead off a brilliant blast from former Dallas forward Maicon Santos, but things were tied up going into halftime with Blas Perez pouncing on a defensive error to level things just before the half.
In what is becoming a theme, the second half was all DC United with the home team scoring three times and getting brilliant efforts from rookie Nick DeLeon and Santos to steal the points. Dallas, with four points from four games, heads home for a two game homestand against Eastern Conference sides New England and Montreal.
Post-game analysis coming shortly
Quote sheet after the jump
FC Dallas’ Head Coach Schellas Hyndman
On his team’s defensive performance:
I thought our defense gave some silly balls away and I think [D.C. United] capitalized on it. It was something that we talked about before the game, “don’t give the balls away in the defending third and don’t give the balls away in the middle third,” and I thought we did that fairly well. It just seemed that before they scored the second goal there was a period of time when we had a hard time getting the ball and keeping it. Our defense was just under a lot of pressure and it showed.
FC Dallas Defender Ugo Ihemelu
On his team’s performance:
It was a disappointing game. We knew coming here that they didn’t have a win, were at home, and wanted to get a result and they were going to fight to the end. First half, we had opportunities which we capitalized, but we just let down. That was it.
On what went wrong:
We just let down, there wasn’t enough energy. We knew they were going to come out hard and fight for a win; they weren’t going to settle for a tie. So, we have to match that energy and go after them – we are on the road. We knew what to expect.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez
On his team’s performance:
Despite not winning, I have to say [D.C. United] is a great team, with players that stand out. We have to keep working. It was a hard hit that won’t let us sleep, that’s the truth. We must try to get a win on Thursday and forget about tonight.”
On his scoring:
I have a lot of faith that I will score more goals, and that’s what I’m working for. I wanted to score more here but I needed to get better balls. Luckily, I was given one by D.C.’s central defense and I was able to score. It’s good for my self-confidence but it’s useless because the team didn’t get a win, tie or add points. So, I leave with a bitter taste.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the win:
First off, it’s nice to win for the fans here. We haven’t given them much but I thought we put on a pretty good show. It was probably a pretty entertaining game to watch back and forth early.
On making changes at half:
In the second half I thought we were pretty good. We executed some of the things we talked about all week very well and we scored two goals.
On Danny Cruz and Nick DeLeon:
They had a big impact on the offensive end but they also had a big impact on the defensive end. I certainly appreciated the way they worked on both sides of the ball. I would hate to play against him [Cruz]. He’s a really competitive guy and just doesn’t quit. Nick [DeLeon] has very good soccer instincts for a young kid and I thought both of them played very well.
D.C. United forward Maicon Santos
On his first goal:
I’ve been trying every game I’ve been playing for D.C. United. You guys know that. I’ve been trying to shoot from long distance. That’s what I do. Work and shoot from long distance.
On playing with Dwayne De Rosario:
We know each other, so we understand. He knows where I’m going to be, so we work together.
On the result:
That’s a big win for us. It makes us relax.
D.C. United goalkeeper Joe Willis
On United’s performance:
We came out well. We had a lot of fight in us and I think it showed. I guess they caught us ball watching a bit at the beginning but I was able to make the saves and we got rejuvenated after that. I think the team played really well. I just did what I was supposed to do.