FC Dallas Draws Portland Timbers 1-1

July 18, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea (20) smiles after being called for a foul against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half at Buck Shaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Was tonight the end of the 2012 campaign? FC Dallas dropped yet another lead due to a red card and drew with the Portland Timbers 1-1 at a steamy Jeld-Wen Field in Portland. I'll have a lot more on this tomorrow as it's getting late and I have an early-morning flight tomorrow. For now, read my sidebar for MLS...my three key plays of the game for the FC Dallas.com and enjoy the post-game quotes and give us your thoughts on the game, there's certainly a ton to digest from this one.

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

On the outcome of the game:

“You know I would have liked to seen us play with 11 players. I think there were enough things going on out there that it could very well have been 10 players on each team. It seems that when you’re on the road sometimes the calls don’t go your way.”

On dealing with Portland’s strengths:

“I thought we needed to get Julian [de Guzman] out there, especially here in this environment. I thought the one area we were going to have trouble with Portland was on the transition, on the counter attack. They’re awfully good with Chara and others are really quite good with the speed and athleticism they have coming at you. We thought Julian might be a little bit more mobile than Daniel [Hernandez] in that position. It had nothing to do with Daniel not playing well, we just didn’t want to put him on the turf and have him cover players running through.”


On Brek Shea:

“I think you all know Brek’s issue, so what we wanted to do was take the pressure off him. The competition committee thought the best thing to do was to keep him out two to three games, and he’s been doing so good in training, had a big turnaround in focus and his attitude and being able to deal with his frustrations a little bit better. I thought he did fine. Tonight he did well, he played hard, was able to go the full 90 and had a great assist didn’t he.”

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea

On returning to the team:

“It was good to be back with the team playing again. Whenever something like that happens you have to earn your way back. You can’t just get back, so I’ve been working hard to get back and I didn’t think I was going to get to play, but I got to play and wanted to show that I wanted to be out there.”

FC Dallas midfielder James Marcelin

Thoughts on the game:

“Today Portland stepped up after the red card [to FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd] and tried to win the game. They played with three forwards and pushed a lot of players forward. Even the defenders wanted to go forward, so they had a lot of initiative today.”

Thoughts on the crowd:

“I’m used to the crowd, so for me it’s a motivation for me when I’m playing here. I don’t really think about it.”

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

Thoughts on the match:

“I thought we deserved to win it. I said that in the last game against Chivas USA. I’ll give a lot of credit to the guys. We went down 1-0. It feels that every mistake that we make at the moment we get punished for, and I think that’s a valuable lesson for us. I hope we learned from it, I hope we continue to move forward, but I don’t think any of the guys hung their heads. I think they kept working hard, I’m very proud of them. And with everything that we’ve gone through at the moment, I think it’s a tremendous sign that when they didn’t give up, they knew what we expected, what they expected with themselves, and I take that as a big positive and a big plus for the players. They continued to try to find a way to win, and some of the football that we played I thought was very impressive, given that you would say the conditions today are probably more suited to Dallas, we continued to try throughout the whole game. We tried to put them under pressure, we tried to play our game at home, and create rhythm and tempo in the way that we played. I give a lot of credit to the guys.”

On if there was more urgency after the FC Dallas goal:

“Yeah, that’s always going to be the case, unless the team don’t respond as they should. I think their response was absolutely brilliant, absolutely brilliant. If you’re on a bit of a losing streak, and you’ve got young players and you question the mentality and the past, and you question the leadership; for that response, hopefully shows that some of the players are maturing, some of them are starting to give it a little bit more sacrifice, and I think that’s a positive. The urgency, I think we controlled the game prior to that, so we didn’t have to take the risks that possibly we took, and that we were creating chances. I think even if you look at the number of shots that we had had when they had a man sent off, it was still double what Dallas had. We were controlling the game, we were creating chances, and when you don’t put the chances away, being a defender and being in that position in the past, it’s hard not to be a little bit negative in that position and start to say, ‘When are we going to score,’ because it is every mistake that we make at the moment we are getting punished. And hopefully that changes.”

On the first substitutions of the second half:

“Just a system change. We went with two up top to try and apply a little bit more pressure and push our wide midfielders a little bit higher, trying to keep them camped in their half, and I think it worked. If you look at the chances that we created, the movement of Danny [Mwanga] and Bright [Dike], I think was effective. The urgency from those two was very impressive, and we started to get a few more chances. We were going for the throat of that stage. We were down by one, and we had to do something to positively affect the game.”

Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury

On his goal:

“It felt good, obviously I hit it solid. I don’t remember how it popped out, but it came out pretty high … and I was like, ‘Stay focused on it, and try to hit it solid,” and I did. And luckily I found the back of the net.”

On moving forward:

“I think for us, it’s building off two positive performances. Points wise, yeah, we didn’t get what we wanted out of them, but if you look back at these last two games, the team as a whole fought, battled, created chances, and defensively we’re a lot more organized than maybe we’d been earlier in the year. There’s definitely some positives to take, and now it’s just about turning those positives into three points.”

Timbers midfielder Franck Songo’o

Feeling after the game:

“Not good, to be fair, because we were expected to win the three points, and we created a lot of chances. We played against ten almost all the second half … I think they weren’t really dangerous, like they had two chances I would say, so we’re not really happy with the game.”

On whether he’s carrying the team:

“No, it’s not about me. I think everyone is, because we are in a position that we shouldn’t be. We don’t think we should be there. I think we’re a great team, great players, great staff, but … everyone has to take a bit more responsibility. I’m not carrying the team, I think everyone is. I think we’ve got to do a bit more.”

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