FC Dallas kicked off the Oscar Pareja era with a solid win last night over the Montreal Impact. We're working on digesting the win here for you all. Up first is some highlights, stats and quotes from the season opener.
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta (Andres Escobar 81), Andrew Jacobson, Hendry Thomas (Michel 65), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (Peter Luccin 88), Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Nicholas Walker, Danny Garcia, Tesho Akindele.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Fabian Castillo 5, Mauro Diaz, Blas Perez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fabian Castillo 2); FOULS: 14 (Moises Hernandez, Hendry Benitez, Je-Vaughn Watson 3, Jair Benitez 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Fabian Castillo 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Diaz 2); SAVES: 7 (Chris Seitz 7).
Montreal Impact - Troy Perkins, Eric Miller, Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Jeb Brovsky (Callum Mallace 77), Hernan Bernardello, Felipe, Collin Warner, Justin Mapp, Sanna Nyassi (Santiago Gonzalez 69), Andrew Wenger.
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Karl Ouimette, Patrice Bernier, Wandrille Lefevre, Blake Smith.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Felipe Martins 3, Hassoun Camara, Eric Miller, Andrew Wenger 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Andrew Wenger, 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Felipe Martins, Justin Mapp 3, Hernan Bernardello 2); SAVES: 1 (Troy Perkins 1).
MTL - Matteo Ferrari (caution) 17
DAL - Moises Hernandez (caution) 19
DAL - Mauro Diaz (caution) 50
MTL - Sanna Nyassi (caution) 60
Referee: Jorge Luna
Referee's Assistants: Luis Guardia, Pedro Trejo
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Rain, 39 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match...
It's great to start with a win. There are a lot of things that we need to put into effect in the game to see what we want. Montreal did a great job today. I have to say that the boys are pleased with the results of the game tonight. Little by little - it's an on-going process. It's a long season. They were happy, but they know there is a long way to go.
On Montreal scoring first...
It may sound awkward, but I thought that what we needed at that moment was for Montreal to score. Once they scored the goal, we settled and we started playing. As a result of that, two goals came. It just woke us up and it helped us come back with a lot of character.
On the play of Moises Hernandez...
Tonight's game was a big challenge for Moises because that was his first game in that position. You know he's young and that position isn't natural for him, which is hard, but I think he did great.
On the battle for the starting position in goal...
I'm happy to see that the competition for the position is very high now. What Chris Seitz did today was outstanding, which also pushes Raul [Fernandez] and Richard [Sanchez].
On coaching his first game for FC Dallas...
You know what I feel for this team. I was here for 14 years. My kids were born here. I started playing soccer in the states here. I am very proud to be able to contribute to the development of this team.
On the play of Hendry Thomas...
Thomas has adapted very well to the league and he keeps growing as a player and a leader. He has turned, in the short three or four weeks of training with the team, into a natural leader.
On Fabian Castillo...
Tonight Castillo showed all of his potential, with the six or seven plays and the quality... He brings a lot of quality to the flanks every game.
FC Dallas defender Moises Hernandez
On holding on to the 3-2 win...
Matt [Hedges], Jair [Benitez], Kellyn [Acosta] and I all came together and spoke after Montreal scored their second goal. We knew there wasn't too much time left and that we needed to just stay focused and come together to preserve the win. We're happy we were able to keep the one-goal lead and hold on for the win.
On goalkeeper Chris Seitz...
He really made some outstanding saves. The first save he made in the early minutes of the match was big and he continued to do well and be in good positions throughout the match.
On giving up the first goal...
The first 15 minutes were a bit shaky. We weren't on our toes. We woke up and played well after Montreal scored the first goal but we cannot continue to do that. The adversity will help us as we progress through the season, but the beginning of the match is very important and we need to improve.
On the communication between himself and Matt Hedges...
It was good, and I felt it got better as the game went on. We started reading each other better. It's not perfect. It's the first game of the season, but Matt helped me a lot in my transition to playing center back. I am really happy to have him back there with me.
FC Dallas captain Andrew Jacobson
General thoughts on the match...
I felt it was a great effort by the team tonight. Sharpness-wise, we're not at 100 percent but fitness-wise we're pretty good. We tried to play. We didn't start well, but we figured it out and we played hard the full 90 minutes.
On waking up following Montreal's first goal...
It settled us down a bit. We were a bit too anxious. The game felt fast and they took it to us in the beginning. That goal just woke us up. We settled down, got back to our game plan, and executed it.
On being named Captain and what it felt like to wear the armband tonight...
It really is an honor for me. I've been here for four seasons now and a lot has changed. There is a really great vision going on right now. It's really nice to be a part of it and it's my responsibility to lead it.
On the Mauro Diaz game-winner...
Fantastic. It's a great way to finish off a solid game from him. He was very active all game. He always wanted the ball. He is everything you look for in a number 10.
FC Dallas attacking midfielder Mauro Diaz
On the play in which he drew the penalty kick...
The player slid to try and get the ball. I felt contact and went down and the referee called a PK.
On coming from behind after giving up an early goal...
It's hard because you have to work double just to come back after they score a goal so early in the game, but we know we have the players to get it done and luckily we pulled ahead and were able to hold them back.
On the free kick goal...
I thought the wall was too close to the keeper and that if I could put the ball over the top of the wall it would be really hard for the keeper to react with it being so close. Luckily I hit it right and the ball stayed inside the post.