FC Dallas battled back from two goals down last night to draw San Jose 2-2. First up in our recap looks at this match is the game's highlights, stats, and quote sheet.
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, George John, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo (Mauro Diaz 60), Michel, Erick, Je-Vaughn Watson (Ramon Nunez 71), David Ferreira (Kenny Cooper 84), Blas Perez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Je-Vaughn Watson 3, Erick, David Ferreira, Blaz Perez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Blas Perez 2); FOULS: 12 (George John, Blas Perez 3, Michel, Erick 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Michel 6, David Ferreira 4); SAVES: 1 (Raul Fernandez 1).
San Jose Earthquakes - Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart, Marvin Chavez (Justin Morrow 66), Sam Cronin, Cordell Cato, Rafael Baca
(Jason Hernandez 87), Alan Gordon (Steven Lenhart 58), Chris Wondolowski.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Alan Gordon 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Steven Beltashour, Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon 1); FOULS: 20 (Steve Lenhart 4, Sam Cronin 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Marvin Chavez 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Sam Cronin 2, Marvin Chavez 1); SAVES: 4 (Jon Busch 4).
DAL - Erick (caution) 30
SJ - Chris Wondolowski (caution) 45
SJ - Rafa Baca (caution) 72
SJ - Justin Morrow (ejection) 82
SJ - Victor Bernardez (ejection) 87
DAL - Kenny Cooper (ejection) 87
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Greg Barkey
4th Official: Kevin Terry Jr.
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Partly cloudy, 97 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
Overall thoughts on the game...
As we expected, it was a physical game, a demanding game for both teams. The heat took a lot out of both teams. It was a great game between two teams that wanted to win. The game was going back and forth with a lot of goals, so it was a great game for the spectators as well.
On the physicality of the game...
You're going to see that with all of the games now. With everybody kind of having more of a short term goal because you've got nine, maybe 10 games left and you're searching for points. The games are going to get a little bit more physical. The games are going to get a little more competitive.
On Kenny Cooper's red card...
He got hit pretty hard from behind and I know Kenny. He's trying to work his way back into the top 11, so he's been really trying to push himself. You can imagine how much time he thinks about it and how hard he's working. Then, he gets on the field and he gets this hard hit. As long as I've known Kenny, I've never seen him do that.
On coming back from two-goal deficit...
I think first of all, this is our third game in seven days. I didn't play in any of those games and I'm tired. With all the traveling, flying to Portland, flying to L.A., flying back to Dallas, getting off a plane and just doing a recovery and then playing... then all the teams we're playing having seven, 10 and 14 day breaks before they play us. I think between all of these things, the heat, the travel, the games, we were just still not 100 percent switched on (at the beginning of the game). If you look at the goals, Kellyn (Acosta) jumps in on a tackle he probably doesn't need to. That probably wasn't a fatigue thing for him, but more of a naïve, young mistake, and they made something out of it. The second goal, probably Jair (Benitez) was ball-watching and what ends up happening is a lot of times you start to mentally break down with fatigue and it affects your decision making more than it affects your technique.
On Kellyn Acosta...
Kellyn just turned 18, this is his fourth start and I think he's done extremely well. We wanted to see what he would look like against Stoke City where it wouldn't really put the team in jeopardy, and he did very well. He played three or four different positions. Zach (Loyd) got hurt and Kellyn's done a fantastic job. I think he's going to be a very good player in this league as he continues to get stronger, continues to mature and his experience continues to grow.
FC Dallas defender George John
General thoughts on the game
It's tough. It was our third game in seven days and it showed in the first 15 minutes with the two early goals. It was very disappointing, but we were ready to fight back, salvage the points and not go away from the game empty handed.
There's a long way to go [to clinch the playoffs], we need to get some more points in and we need to win some games so we can get our legs back.
FC Dallas midfielder Erick
We started the game a little rough at the beginning and we needed to pay more attention to improve the result. It wouldn't have taken much to beat them. We came in a little tired - it was the third game this past week - but regardless we have to work hard to come back in the next game and take those three points here at home.
FC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta
On what he said to San Jose's Justin Morrow after the tackle on Ramon Nunez for which Morrow was shown a red card...
I was just sticking up for my teammate. I thought it was a bad challenge on his part and I wanted to let him and everyone else know that we all have Ramon's back.
Did any of your teammates say anything to you after the game about how you stood up for your teammmate?
No. It's just part of the game. We stick up for one another. That's basically it... Part of the game.
What happened on the goal FC Dallas allowed in the eighth minute?
I just got caught on the wrong side of [Cordell Cato]. I didn't see him at first and then he bumped me and ran right by me. He was too fast for me to catch after that. It was a bad play on my part. He ended up crossing the ball and they finished, so I think I could have done a lot better. I could have had better positioning. I could have read the pass earlier.
Was this the most physical game you've played in?
Definitely. The guys were huge... All of them. They played mostly a direct game. They played a lot of long balls. The challenge for me is pretty difficult, but as a team, I thought we played well.
General thoughts on the match...
We created some chances. Not all of them went our way but we fought very well. They are a physcial team so that was a big challenge for us. We moved the ball pretty well. We worked hard until the end, kept fighting and fighting. That's all we can do. A few red cards here and there changed the game a little bit. It felt very open. It was a quick turnaround for us... Three games in a week... That being said, I thought we did well.