FC Dallas continued it's impressive start to the season with a 2-1 win on Saturday night over Toronto FC. Here is the first of our breakdowns with the highlights, stats and quotes from last night's game.
TOR - Issey Nakajima-Farran 21
DAL - Matt Hedges (Michel) 37
DAL - Blas Perez 88
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta, Michel (Adam Moffat 90), Hendry Thomas, Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (Mauro Diaz 90+1), Je-Vaughn Watson, David Texeira (Blas Perez 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Raul Fernandez, Danny Garcia, Zach Loyd, Walker Zimmerman.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Fabian Castillo 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (David Texeira 2); FOULS: 14 (Hendry Thomas, Je-Vaughn Watson 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Fabian Castillo 1); CORNER KICKS: 16 (Michel 8); SAVES: 3 (Chris Seitz 3).
Toronto FC - Julio Cesar, Steven Caldwell, Justin Morrow, Bradley Orr, Mark Bloom (Nick Haggund 90+3), Jonathan Osorio, Kyle Bekker, Issey Nakajima-Farran (Andrew Wiedeman 81), Jackson, Michael Bradely, Gilberto.
Substitutes Not Used: Gale Agbossoumonde, Ryan Richter, Joe Bendik, Chris Konopka.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Jackson 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Issey Nakajima-Farran 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Gilberto 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Kyle Bekker 4); SAVES: 3 (Julio Cesar 3).
TOR - Issey Nakajima-Farran (caution) 55
TOR - Jackson (caution) 74
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Cloudy, 73 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match...
I want to start with this because the players talked about it as soon as they got back to the locker room, and that's the great job the front office is doing with the fans, and the incredible job the fans are doing with this franchise right now. They help us a lot. I will say that they were pushing (us) all the time and that was great. We felt that energy in the second half when we needed it. Regarding the game, the second half was very good, very well played by us. We were not as flashy, maybe, but we looked more mature. We had very good possession, very good control of the game. We really played against a very good team. (Give) credit to this group of players. They are doing an incredible job, and we're proud. They (the fans) are playing with us. They're our number 12. I have been here for many years and this is the time I feel (the fans' presence) the most. This is a credit for them, really, because this is their team. This is their atmosphere. If we continue with this and them pushing that hard, I don't have any doubt that a lot of good things are going to happen here.
On Blas Perez returning...
I can't stress enough how important (Blas Perez) is for this team. The rest that he had during the last couple of weeks was just what he needed. He trained very well this week and today we knew that he was going to come in (and play well) because he's experienced. I'm very proud and happy for him. He helped us a lot. He can hold the ball for us and he's experienced. He's tremendous.
On franchise record 16 corners and pressure on TFC...
It happened against Seattle too. We had five corners in the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, we came out with no points (last week). But, the team continued to put pressure (on them) and all of those things, the corners and fouls and open crosses, are due to the pressure we're putting on teams.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson
On the set piece goals this season...
It's something we have in our pocket. If the game is even, we can pull it out that way. We can win a game in many different ways. The last pass is always the hardest pass to complete. You keep trying. You keep doing what we have been doing and keep progressing.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez
On returning to the lineup...
I am very happy to get back out there on the pitch after being injured the past few weeks. I am happy we got the win tonight. It makes it even better that I was able to score the winning goal, but I'm just here to help the team. Thank God I was able to get out there and find the back of the net tonight.
On his hamstring...
I'm good. It's just something that is in the back of my mind. I know that I am 100 percent, but mentally I am still a bit hesitant to go all out.
On the fans at Toyota Stadium this season...
The whole team is very thankful that the fans have been coming out and supporting us this season. As long as I have been here, this is the best the fans have been. I understand that everything goes back to the way that the team is playing. Hopefully we continue to do well and receive this great support.
FC Dallas center back Stephen Keel
The defenders provided a lot on the offensive side of the ball tonight, can you talk about that?
It's no secret that we have been successful on set pieces this year. We focused on set pieces a lot this week and not only attacking set pieces, defending against set pieces. Toronto FC has a lot of big boys. They have good servers. We really wanted to be defensively sound. Going forward, set pieces are the time that Matt [Hedges] and I get to go forward and see if we can knick one. We did that tonight so it's fantastic. The service from Mauro [Diaz] and Michel is just world class. Any little touch you can get on it... That's what happened on the first goal.
On the first goal, what did you see?
I made a little run across the front, I think I pulled maybe one or two defenders just a step and that was all Matt needed. He buried it. Like I said, the service from Michel is world class and the run... Matt's timing has been awesome all season. I went in there, you know... Threw my body around... And Matt snuck one in.
On responding to the loss last week...
We just take them all one game at a time. We don't look past the current game... What's done is done. We came in tonight with a good approach. Oscar [Pareja] had us focused, as always. It was a big game. Toronto FC is good. They have great players and anytime we are at home, we're going for three points.