[Note: Above is the video of the full game, if a shorter highlight package becomes available I'll update the video with that.]
FC Dallas had their moments in last night's USOC win over the Carolina RailHawks. Here is how they did it.
CAR - Zack Schilawski (Enzo Martinez) 9
DAL - Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele) 23
DAL - Blas Perez (Je-Vaughn Watson) 34
CAR - Enzo Martinez (PK) 37
DAL - Fabian Castillo (Andres Escobar) 44
DAL - Mauro Diaz (Fabian Castillo) 89
DAL - Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo) 90+
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Moises Hernandez (Stephen Keel 46), Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Fabian Castillo, Victor Ulloa, Hendry Thomas (Andrew Jacobson 28), Andres Escobar (Mauro Diaz 69), Tesho Akindele, Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead, Walker Zimmerman, Adam Moffat.
SHOTS: 14, SHOTS ON GOAL: 9, FOULS: 6, CORNERS: 4, OFFSIDES: 0, SAVES: 1.
Carolina RailHawks - Scott Goodwin, Daniel Scott, Kupono Low, Austen King, Connor Tobin, Jun Marques Davidson, Ty Shipalane (Daniel Jackson 87), Enzo Martinez, Cesar Elizondo (Nick Zimmerman 70), Nazmi Albadawi (Aaron King 85), Zack Schilawski.
Substitutes Not Used: Nic Platter, Uriah Bentick, Nick Millington, Jordan Burt.
SHOTS: 14, SHOTS ON GOAL: 3, FOULS: 5, CORNERS: 1, OFFSIDES: 0, SAVES: 4.
CAR - Austen King (caution) 15
CAR - Kupono Low (caution) 61
DAL - Andrew Jacobson (caution) 76
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Corey Parker, Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees
FC Dallas Head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the game...
First I want to say that [Carolina] was very good and very hard to play against today. The organization Carolina showed today made things very difficult, especially in the second half. It was a very hard game to play but at the same time I thought our boys did an excellent job on controlling the tempo of the game.
In the first half we allowed two goals that won't [allow] us sleep easily. We want to stay organized in the back and keep improving but at the same time we were aggressive up front, created a lot of chances and the plan going forward worked very well. In the second half, we corrected things and we were more solid. We dropped our pressure and let them come to us a little bit. Our boys did a great job covering a lot of ground in a game that was dependent on our transition and the transition in the second half. I have to recognize that the whole team did an excellent job in that plan.
Talk about the adjustments you made at halftime...
We played with a full back in the first half that was assigned to attack more and be an outlet. Carolina was affecting us on that side, getting behind and it was because we asked him to go forward. We needed to get some solidness and moved to a back four. We put in a defender to be more solid. We dropped off the high pressure and gave them the ball more on purpose because we wanted to hurt them with speed and transition [on the counterattack].
How significant is this to come in and end the 23-match home unbeaten streak for Carolina?
I played for Colin [Clarke, head coach of the RailHawks]. I worked for him as an assistant coach and learned a lot of things about the game. Being with him was an honor and the work that he did with FC Dallas was outstanding. All the work he did was remarkable. Coming here and facing him was a challenge certainly and it was a privilege also for me as well as Marco [Ferruzzi, FC Dallas assistant coach] but at the end of the day the game belonged to the players. They're the ones that need to get the [accolades]. Tonight I want to highlight what the players did in the field. For us it's a great step into the semifinals of a cup that we want to win.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges
General thoughts on the match...
We gave up two sloppy goals but scored some great goals and went into halftime with the lead. In the second half, we were much more organized, held the ball better and it was an overall better performance from us. We were also able to score two goals at the end, which was nice too.
Was this the reunion with Enzo Martinez and Scott Goodwin (former teammates at UNC) the one that you you'd have coming into this match?
It was kind of the reunion I hoped we'd have, getting the win, but it was great to see them again. We were great friends at UNC and we won the national championship there together so it was great to see them again.
Talk about the play of Castillo and Blas offensively...
Fabian has been fantastic. He's been getting better and better every game. He's so dangerous playing off Blas really helps him as he sucks in defenders allowing Fabian to run into space very dangerously and you can see the results of it.
How hard do you work on those transition plays on the counterattack moving from defense to offense so quickly?
It's something that we work on a ton because we have so many dangerous players offensively. They're all very fast on the counter so it's something that we work on a lot and it's very effective for us.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez
General thoughts on the match...
I'm happy, first of all for the win, because it was what the team was looking for... The goals give me a lot of confidence going forward with the games ahead.
Do the goals justify all the hard work you put in to get back on the score sheet?
When you work hard the goals are going to come. The most important thing if I can't score is to always put in the work.
On his goals tonight...
The first goal was a great ball from Tesho [Akindele]. The second one was Je-Vaughn [Watson], who sent me great service so I could finish. The third goal, I was a little bit tired. I had just come back to defend. I gave one last sprint and Fabian got me the ball and I got the third goal.
Talk about the team's chemistry...
We have great chemistry and you see that on the field. That's what it's about... Having good chemistry and good team bonding. Great things are coming for this club if we keep working hard. I have a lot of faith in God that we have a great team.
On the recent play of Fabian Castillo...
Fabian is having a great season both in Open Cup and in the league. I'm very happy for him because he's gotten more mature and listens to everyone. Going forward Fabian is a fundamental piece of the team and if he's good it's going to make everyone else good around him.