FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, Walker Zimmerman, George John, Zach Loyd, Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel, David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 83), Jackson (Matt Hedges 86), Kenny Cooper (Eric Hassli 69).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Kellyn Acosta, Stephen Keel, London Woodberry.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Jackson 3, Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fabian Castillo 2); FOULS: 13 (George John 3, Zach Lloyd, Michel, Jackson 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Kenny Cooper 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (David Ferreira 3, Michel 1); SAVES: 6 (Raul Fernandez 6).
San Jose - Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez (Mike Fucito 83), Justin Morrow, Marvin Chavez, Sam Cronin, Adam Jahn, Walter Martinez (Shea Salinas 58), Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon (Steven Lenhart 46).
Substitutes Not Used: David Bingham, Rafael Baca, Mehdi Ballouchy, Dan Gargan.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Chris Wondolowski 4, Marvin Chavez, Victor Bernandez 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Adam Jahn, Alan Gordon, 2); FOULS: 12 (Adam Jahn3, Steven Lenhart, Shea Salinas 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Alan Gordon 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Marvin Chavez 6, Shea Salinas 1); SAVES: 3 (John Busch 3).
SJ - Adan Jahn (caution) 4
DAL - George John (caution) 40
SJ - Victor Bernardez (caution) 67
SJ - Steven Lenhart (caution) 73
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott, Jason Cullum
4th Official: Ted Unkel
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Cloudy, 71 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General thoughts on tonight's match...
The game was about the way we thought it would be. We played a very difficult team, a team that's playing its best soccer right now, ateam that's recovered from injuries, and are a very strong, physical team. They've got a great game plan and they came at us. I thought David [Ferreira] did a great job on the break away. Adam Jahn had a yellow card early in the game, within the first four minutes, and Jahn was the player tracking David through the midfield, but he couldn't foul him because it might have been a second yellow, and that gave David enough time to give a good ball to [Fabian] Castillo, who cut inside with the left foot and what a great job he did on finishing that one.
In the second half things got a little bit difficult. We had some good chances, as they did. Walker [Zimmerman] and George [John] were under a lot of pressure with balls in the air, a lot of services, far post balls, second balls. Raul [Fernandez] did a fantastic job tonight, making some very key saves. All in all, it was a good win for us at home against a very good team.
On Walker Zimmerman's first MLS start...
He did a very good job. When we drafted him, we did a lot of studies on the type of player we like to get. We've been very fortunate with the types of players we feel like are natural center backs, like George John and Matt Hedges. We thought Walker fit into that category. He didn't really have any kind of preseason, any scrimmages or games, so you never really know what you're going to get. But, we knew what we were going to get from San Jose, and that's a very strong, athletic, physical team. We felt that out of our selection of players, Walker might have matched up the best and he proved that tonight.
FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman
What were your overall impressions on the team tonight?
It was great, a great performance. It was a really good job by Raul [Fernandez], a really good job by the back line.
Quite a team to get your first start against - talk about matching up against San Jose.
We prepared all week training for them. You know, [Chris] Wondolowski, his crafty runs off the ball and also, the size of [Steven] Lenhart and [Alan] Gordon. It was a physical match. You saw the blood from Lenhart and all his tackles, battling with George. It was pretty physical, but it was something we were prepared for and I thought we did a good job handling it.
How does the pace of the pro game compare to what you saw in college?
It was just a matter of getting the timing down. Compared to the college game, it's a much different element of timing. It's kind of a learning process with balls in the air. There is a difference of the timing it affords here versus college, where it's an easier air battle. It's definitely a good learning process as far as learning how to compete and learning on my timing to win those balls.
On his clearance that started the breakout by David Ferreira, leading to the goal...
When that play happened, it felt like we were back out on the practice ground. George [John] covered near post. I'm watching the runner and so we picked it up well and I got a solid header to it. David did a great job with the counter and Fabian with a great finish for the goal.
On playing next to George John....
George is definitely a leader back there. We've seen the past few games without him and he's definitely a presence, someone who's very essential to this team. It was great getting to play next to him and have him communicating with me the whole game. We were really encouraging each other and there was great communication out there.
FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo
General thoughts on the match...
It was important that the guys defended to the end, as we had to defend to get a result. I was nervous when they were pressing late in the second half but now that we accomplished what we set out to do, let's not think about it anymore because the important thing is we won and now we just need to keep working on improving our form.
Describe your game-winning goal...
It was a great play by David [Ferreira]. All the teams know that if they give him space, he's very quick and he's going to punish them. On this play, David took the ball and went at the defense. I just kept running by him. When he saw me open, he made a great pass to me and I did what I know how to do, which is to go to the inside and score a great goal.
On winning again at home...
It's very important that the team keeps adding three points at home. We can't give anyone the advantage here at home, especially with our fans supporting us so much. I think it was an excellent win.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez
What are your thoughts on tonight's game?
The important thing was to win at home, especially after our loss against Seattle. We knew it was going to be a tough match. I'm happy we came up with the three points.
We already knew how the match would play out. As the game went on with [San Jose] being down a goal, we knew they would be trying to create a lot of shots. We stayed focused the entire 90 minutes, which is why we were able to add the three points tonight.
Overall thoughts on the game...
Towards the end, you could notice some of the players were getting a little tired. We played well enough to get the result we were seeking. The shutout was important to me and I am glad I was able to come up with some quality saves.
On Walker Zimmerman's first start...
Walker is having a good moment right now, he's been training well during practices and coach gave him his trust because he has earned it. He took advantage of his moment, seeing as we had an injured teammate. He came in very focused and motivated. Before the match, we told him he had the trust of the entire team.