The 0-0 draw certainly wasn't pretty but it is time to slowly peel back the layers on this one for FC Dallas. First up is the highlights, stats and quote sheet from last night's game against the Montreal Impact.
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, Matt Hedges, George John, Zach Loyd, David Ferreira, Je-Vaughn Watson (Bradlee Baladez 63), Andrew Jacobson, Michel (Ramon Nunez 45), Eric Hassli (Stephen Keel 90+2), Kenny Cooper
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Six players with 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Eric Hassli, Je-Vaughn Watson); FOULS: 18 (David Ferreira 5); OFFSIDES: 5 (Eric Hassli 4); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Michel, Ramon Nunez); SAVES: 4 (Raul Fernandez 4).
Montreal - Troy Perkins, Hassoun Camara, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky, Sanna Nyassi (Blake Smith 86), Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins (Andres Romero 71), Patrice Bernier, Justin Mapp, Daniele Paponi (Andrew Wenger 76).
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Justin Mapp 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (four players with 1); FOULS: 15 (Davy Arnaud 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (Daniele Paponi 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Felipe Martins, Andres Romero 2); SAVES: 2 (Troy Perkins 2).
DAL - Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 59
MON - Daniele Paponi (caution) 61
MON - Davy Arnaud (caution) 70
DAL - Kenny Cooper (caution) 83
DAL - Eric Hassli (caution) 84
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Daniel Belleau, Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Geoff Gamble
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Cloudy and 80 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
General impressions on the game...
For us it was a gutsy performance, we had a lot of people that we left at home and we haven't found ways to score goals and the field was very wide for us. I thought that Montreal needed to get something positive as well, and they came out and set the tempo for the game, we probably defended 70% of the game. The general thought for us was great courage on our part, fought hard on the road and came away with a point.
Is this a positive outcome for the team...
Yes of course, I just texted my daughter and I said, with so many players off today and so many that we left at home, the positive thing is that we're leaving here with a point. And right now we needed something positive.
Did you expect the Impact to play so much on the wing...
No not really, we were a little bit fortunate because I thought Nyassi could have really hurt us. Zach Loyd did a really good job about 20 minutes in, started really playing him well. He put some great balls in there, so it kind of surprised us a bit.
FC Dallas Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez
What are your thoughts on your team's performance...
Everybody knew the game was going to be hard tonight. I think our team played well. We were concentrated and maybe the result wasn't exactly what we wanted, but we will keep on working on our performance.
With all the absent players tonight, was a tie a good result to take away ...
Yes, it was very important to get at least a point tonight and to make sure we didn't lose. I think that even with some of our players missing, we still played well.
FC Dallas defender George John
Do you feel this was a mission accomplished for Dallas...
Half way, obviously coming here we wanted three points. We just had a seven game winless streak, so we were coming into this game willing to win but we can take away a little pride knowing that we didn't lose and got a point on the road.
How did the Impact playing on the wings affect your play...
(Justin) Mapp had a tremendous game, by far the best player on the field tonight, I had some trouble stopping him but we did a good job dealing with their crosses. It`s just one of those games in which we dealt with what they threw at us pretty well.