FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, London Woodberry, Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel (Bobby Warshaw 71), David Ferreira (Eric Hassli 54), Kenny Cooper, Blas Perez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Kenny Cooper, Fabian Castillo 3, Blas Perez, Erik Hassli 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Kenny Cooper 3); FOULS: 10 (Matt Hedges, Michel, Kenny Cooper 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Kenny Cooper 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Fabian Castillo 5); SAVES: 3 (Raul Fernandez 3).
Portland Timbers FC - Donovan Ricketts, Jack Jewsbury, Mamadou Danso, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Michael Harrington, Diego Chara, Diego Valeri (Ben Zemanski 75), Will Johnson, Darlington Nagbe, Frederic Piquionne (Ryan Johnson 82), Kalif Alhassan (Rodney Wallace 63).
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Kalif Alhassan 4, Darlington Nagbe, Frederic Piquionne 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Diego Valeri, Kalif Alhassan, Darlington Nagbe, Frederic Piquionne 1); FOULS: 17 (Andrew Jean-Baptiste 4, Will Johnson 3); OFFSIDES: 5 (Diego Valeri, Kalif Alhassan, Darlington Nagbe, Frederic Piquionne, Ryan Johnson 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Diego Valeri 4); SAVES: 4 (Donovan Ricketts 4).
PTL - Andrew Jean-Baptiste (caution) 76
PTL - Ben Zemanski (caution) 90+4
Referee: Juan Guzman
Referee's Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Matthew Nelson
4th Official: Armando Villareal
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Cloudy, 81 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
It was a really wide open game. I thought both teams came in not at their best. Both teams were missing some players. At the same time they're very athletic. We were very concerned about their attacking players. In the first half we were giving too many balls away in the center of the field, and we talked about getting the ball up wider, quicker, and finding David (Ferreira) more as quickly as we could. It seemed to maybe pick up a little bit then. We created some really good chances, as they did. For us to be down 1-0 and to dig in and come back and get a PK and walk away with a point, I'm very happy with (that result). Both teams have been playing very well. Both teams have a lot of belief in themselves. Both teams are disciplined. At the end of the game, we had five players on the field who don't normally play that much. Fabian (Castillo) went the full 90. Je-Vaughn (Watson) went the full 90. Eric (Hassli) came on probably with a good 35 minutes when David (Ferreira) got hurt. Bobby (Warshaw) comes on, and London (Woodberry), of course, had his first start. And I thought for a rookie player he did very well against a very athletic, good team.
On David Ferreira leaving the match early (precautionary reasons)...
He knows his body very well and I think as a precaution, we wanted to make sure he stays healthy, and quite honestly, when you have a player like Eric Hassli coming in, he caused them a lot of problems. Eric and Blas were very good tonight: combining, intelligence, working with each other. In the last few minutes of the game, (Donovan) Ricketts made a very good save. Those are strikers laying balls off to strikers. This is David's team and the team plays better with him. He dictates the game. But I thought our guys were prepared to go right (without him).
On Homegrown center back London Woodberry making his first MLS start...
The games that London has subbed in were Toronto, when we were winning 2-0 and they threw everything at us and came away with a 2-2 game, and then it was Vancouver when we were up 2-0 and they threw everything at us. I don't know if it's really fair to compare him from those games to this game because I think any rookie would have had trouble in those games with all those players and numbers coming forward. But, I thought today he showed a lot of (good) qualities. We're so happy he's a homegrown player who was developed here under FC Dallas. He played against two very good strikers, very athletic players. I don't know if they get much better in the league. So, this was a big night for him and I'm really happy for him.
On any concerns coming into tonight's game after a 10-day layoff...
I was really concerned not having (Andrew Jacobson) in the center of the field. I was really concerned not having George (John) in the back and I was really concerned not having Jackson in the attack. That was my concern going into the game. And then we've had a couple of people pick up viruses this week and I think Michel may have it because he was finding it very, very hard to breathe. For those of us who know him, it wasn't a very good performance. He wasn't at his best. It's funny because I was just making the sub and then they go and score. So, I think my questions were how are we going to do against a very good team without those normal starters? And I was pleased with how well our guys came through tonight.
FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson
On playing a full 90 minutes...
I come to practice every day trying to break into the first team. AJ [Andrew Jacobson] was injured and I got called up, so that's what I'm here for - if anything goes wrong I try to go out there and do my best to make sure that FC Dallas comes out on top because we are professionals and have a good team. It's a wonderful feeling.
Do you think the full 90 minutes will help you heading into World Cup Qualifying with Jamaica?
Tonight I played 90 minutes. I feel pretty well. We have a qualifying game next month and I feel I will get called up for that game but right now I'm focused on our club season with FC Dallas.
On defending against Portland...
They're a pretty good team. They have a lot of young guys. They were just all over the place. For the past week, coach was telling us we had to play with more discipline. We gave up a goal but that was probably our wake up call because after they scored, we scored and got more chances. We have to continue that this Saturday we get four points here this week.
FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez
Did the three changes Schellas had to make change the way the team played?
Yes. The changes were somewhat forced, as he had to make them for an injury, an expulsion and now also David [Ferreira], who left today with an injury. [Schellas] made changes that he had to make and that's why he played players who've been seeking the opportunity to play. When David came off, we needed someone up front that could move the ball and provide some service. We all had to put in a little extra effort.
Do you think the level of play changed due to the substitutions?
No, like I've mentioned we have some players that have been seeking the opportunity. This weekend at home against D.C. United, we can continue with our unbeaten streak as we have up until now.
FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo
On tonight's result...
The truth is, I am a little bit frustrated, but we can't get let down or be upset that we didn't get three points tonight. We have to keep working to get better.
Did it get complicated without David Ferreira?
David [Ferreira] is a player that gives it all for us. We definitely missed our captain but the team was able to respond even when he wasn't there.
How did you feel playing the full game?
I am tired. It has been nearly two months since I've played nearly the full 90 minutes. That made me a little more tired. I worked to play the best that I could.
On playing D.C. United Saturday
It will be hard. They're a team that needs points. They're going to fight to beat us, even if they're at the bottom. The last thing we need to do is give less credit to them and think we've already beaten them and that the three points are already ours. We need to attack each game head on and what we've realized is that the games will only get tougher as we go on.