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FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps, Week 9: Quote Sheet, Stats, Highlights

Comments following the wild 2-2 draw in Vancouver


To say this was a simple game would be an understatement. FC Dallas went up 2-0 only to give up two goals late to the Vancouver Whitecaps. It was almost like we have seen this before.


Scoring Summary:
DAL - Own goal (Andy O'Brien) 9
DAL - Matt Hedges 47
VAN - Kekuta Manneh (Tommy Heinemann) 72
VAN - Camilo (Kekuta Manneh) 75

FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, George John (London Woodberry 45), Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson (Je-Vaughn Watson 41), Michel, Jackson, Kenny Cooper (Fabian Castillo 76), Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bobby Warshaw, Bradlee Baladez, Eric Hassli.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Kenny Cooper 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players with 1); FOULS: 11 (Je-Vaughn Watson 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Blas Perez, Andrew Jacobson); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Michel 3); SAVES: 7 (Raul Fernandez 7).

Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Joe Cannon, Lee Young-Pro, Andy O'Brien, Alain Rochat, Brad Rusin, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jun Marques Davidson (Kekuta Manneh 54), Daigo Kobayashi (Tommy Heinemann 70), Camilo, Gershon Koffie, Darren Mattocks.

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jordan Harvey, Johnny Leveron, Erik Hurtado, Russell Teibert.

TOTAL SHOTS: 27 (Camilo 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Camilo 3); FOULS: 13 (Andy O'Brien 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Darren Mattocks 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Daigo Kobayashi 3); SAVES: 3 (Joe Cannon 3).

Misconduct Summary:
VAN - Gershon Koffie (caution) 2
FC Dallas - Jackson (ejection) 78
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez (caution) 81

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Kevin Duliba, Marco Arruda
4th Official: Drew Fischer
Attendance: 19,967
Time of Game: 1:54


On the animosity between the two teams:

"I think the players really get on well before the game and after the game, but once that whistle starts, it's a war. We had a very strong contest in Dallas. Obviously we had a really strong contest here, but I don't think there is any animosity. We have no ill feelings for Vancouver at all."

On having a lead and Vancouver coming back into the game:

"I'll give them a lot of credit. We created a lot of opportunities and didn't do much with them. At the end of the day, it was a battle ground out there."

On injuries' and ejections impacting the game:

"It was huge. Huge. You have your center back, who is your best defender, out, and your best central midfielder, out. So give my guys a lot of credit for not losing this game."

On the performance of Raul Fernandez:

"Fernandez had a couple of moments where he might have handled the ball a little bit better and spilled a few rebounds and I think Vancouver missed a couple of great opportunities there, but at the same time he probably made two great 1v1 saves that kept us ahead."

On excitement of the game:

"It was a very exciting game, from the beginning of the game, where at a minute and 30 seconds there was a yellow card, to the end of the game where Blas Perez had a chance to win the game. Then Camilo has a ball that bounces eight yards from the goal and he fires it right at the ‘keeper. Very exciting game. Either team could have won the game. We're disappointed that you have a 2-0 lead, and you don't walk away with the three points. At the same time, we give Vancouver a lot of credit for just coming to us with everything they had."


Overall thoughts on the match:

"I'm definitely disappointed giving away two goals in the second half when we had control but it's always tough to get points on the road anywhere we go so I think one point is better than none at all."

On the defensive play of his team:

"I think there were just a couple of breakdowns. They have a lot of great attacking players and I think we managed them well for most of the game."

On his goal:

"Someone flicked it in front of me and I kept with it and I saw Cannon out of the corner of my eye and I thought he was going to get there so I just tried to get a touch on it and it went in so I'm happy with that."


Overall thoughts on the match:

"It was an eventful game. I thought we did great to come out and get the two goals and go 2-0 up. Obviously we played a very good team today supported by a very enthusiastic set of fans. Their fan support was phenomenal; it was a great atmosphere to play in. You've got to give them credit coming back but I thought we did well in the end with 10 men to come out with a point."

On giving up the lead:

"The guys are all disappointed obviously and we would have loved to come away with three points but at the end of the day one is better than none and it's good to get that point. We'll just look to improve and get better each week."

On the first goal:

"I'm honestly not sure whose it is but at the end of the day it's one for our team and whether it's mine or theirs that's not the important thing; we got a goal and that's the important thing."


On conceding two goals from a winning position:

"The opponent is also playing and playing for points. We got distracted a little bit and that cost us the game, the points. We came here to win, we came here for the three points and we're leaving with a sour taste in our mouths almost as if we had lost the game."

On the team's defensive performance:

"We know Vancouver is a very difficult rival but we had a chance where we could've taken all the points. We fought hard. I congratulate all my teammates because we fought hard a man down for a good part of the game. It's small things that cost us two goals but overall we defended well and even after those two goals we continued to defend well."