FC Dallas extended their unbeaten run on Saturday night. We'll have plenty from this game but first here are a look at the highlights (above), stats and quotes from the game.
DAL - Andres Escobar 29
DAL - Tesho Akindele (Victor Ulloa) 90+1
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Moises Hernandez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Andres Escobar (Michel 87), Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat, Je-Vaughn Watson (Mauro Diaz 74), Tesho Akindele, Blas Perez (Andrew Jacobson 90).
Substitutes Not Used: David Texeira, Peter Luccin, Walker Zimmerman.
Total Shots: 24 (Andres Escobar, Blas Perez 5) Shots on Goal: 9 (Andres Escobar 4); Fouls: 9 (Moises Hernandez, Adam Moffat, Blas Perez 2); Offsides: 0 Corners: 9 (Andres Escobar 9); Saves: 3 (Raul Fernandez 3).
New England Revolution - Bobby Shuttleworth, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney, Darrius Barnes, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi (Diego Fagundez 70), Lee Nguyen, Charles Davies (Patrick Mullins 56), Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 57).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Josh Goncalves, Jerry Bengston, Kevin Alston.
Total Shots: 9 (Kelyn Rowe 3); Shots on Goal: 3 (Diego Fagundez, Steve Neumann, Kelyn Rowe 1); Fouls: 6 (Scott Caldwell 2); Offsides: 1 (Charlie Davies); Corners: 2 (Kelyn Rowe); Saves: 7 (Bobby Shuttleworth 1).
NE - Chris Tierney (caution) 80
Referee: Armando Villareal
Referee's Assistants: Adam Garner, Mark Cahen
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees
FC Dallas Head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the game...
Tonight we raised the bar and the team feels that we are competing for a high spot in the league. It was great to see the discipline and the composure that the team showed with a team that we respect a lot. We knew that [New England] were struggling for results, but that didn't factor into our approach to the game. I was very pleased to see the team in that mode of respect and giving a professional performance.
In the first half it took us probably 12 minutes to figure it out; the new players that came today weren't in our plan and we didn't adjust well in the beginning. I think that after the 12 minutes, we started to get our things going. I saw the team creating opportunities while playing very well defensively and creating the best soccer in the field.
In the second half we kept the same plan. We didn't change. We knew that New England was going to bring some substitutions, some fresh legs. We let them have the ball and attacked by transition. Defensively, we kept our composure and the solidness until they created one chance late in the second half.
Thoughts Ahead of Long Stretch of Games...
The group is seeing more solidness defending, which is something that we needed to improve. In the league so far, even in the times when we were struggling, we were scoring most, and today was very solid defensively.
We set the bar high today and we know we can do it. We have a good stretch of games, the youngsters are playing very well and I'm very happy to see these guys taking advantage of the opportunity and making this club proud. I feel that there is a great and bright future.
Competition for Positions...
When we had so many players hurt, it was an opportunity to grow the youngsters. Players who wanted the opportunity stepped in and grew. Now we have a deeper roster and we have a team that is competing for positions, which is something that I like. We're growing, this team is certainly growing.
On Zach Loyd...
Tonight was Zach Loyd at his best. That's the player that I wanted last year to go to the club that I was coaching and at the beginning of this year, it took him a little while to get back to his old self. The Zach Loyd we saw today was the Zach Loyd that was called to the national team.
Ahead of Midweek Friendly...
We already have a plan for the game. We want some players to have some minutes. We take this with a lot of responsibility since it is a very high pedigree team that is coming to our town. We want our fans to come, enjoy the game and be proud of our club. Our approach for the game is professional. We have a game on Sunday, so that will buy us a little bit more time to recover. The standards that our players have put for themselves are high.
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
General thoughts on the match...
I thought we came out strong in the second half. We're really happy with the result. The time off was really good for us. It gave us time to refresh and get ready for the second half of the season. We really showed up tonight - played well from the first whistle to the last.
On the team's third shutout of the season...
It always feels good to get the shutout when you are a defender. We were excited after the game. Overall, it was a great result for us, especially the back four and the goalkeeper. There's a little bit of a pride thing. Hopefully we can build off of this going into the second half of the season.
On Oscar Pareja's comments about ‘this being the Zach Loyd that he knows - the Zach Loyd that was getting called in by the U.S. National Team...'
It's just the product of getting games under my belt and building. Like I said, the break was really good for us. We had a really tough two months there - game after game after game. Finally, I'm getting closer to being fully healthy. The weather tonight was nice. It allowed me to run a little bit more. Overall, just continuing to play and stay healthy has been huge for me. Last season, I was playing through a couple injuries. It's finally nice to go into a game feeling healthy.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele
On his goal...
Victor [Ulloa] got the ball and I just saw [Andrew] Farrell isolated. I took off and Victor found me with the ball. It was a nice pass and I just knew I could take him one-on-one with speed.
On gaining confidence...
Confidence is everything. We're all here because we are good players but the thing that separates the people who are playing from the people who are not playing is just the belief in ourselves. I'm starting to believe in myself more and more every match and it's paying off.
On FC Dallas' unbeaten run across seven games [in all competitions]...
Truthfully, we were playing well, even when we were losing. Now, things are just clicking a little more. We're finishing our chances - ones that we were missing earlier in the year. There is not much difference in our play - we're still working hard, just like we were. We're just getting the little details right now. We're finishing our chances and not losing concentration on defense.