We're slowly going through yesterday's draw with Vancouver. Up first is the highlights, stats and quotes from the game.
VAN - Darren Mattocks (Gershon Koffie) 11
DAL - Blas Perez 29
DAL - Michel (PK) 39
DAL - Pedro Morales (PK) 53
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Walker Zimmerman, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges (Mauro Diaz 46), Moises Hernandez, Adam Moffat, Victor Ulloa, Michel, Zach Loyd, Tesho Akindele (Ryan Hollingshead 90), Blas Perez (Peter Luccin 84).
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Danny Garcia, David Texeira.
Total Shots: 10 (Blas Perez 4) Shots on Goal: 4 (Blas Perez 2); Fouls: 8 (Zach Loyd, Victor Ulloa 2); Offsides: 0; Corners: 3 (Michel 3); Saves: 7 (Raul Fernandez 7).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC - David Ousted, Steven Beitashour (Nigel Reo-Coker 90+), Carlyle Mitchell, Jordan Harvey, Gershon Koffie, Matias Laba, Erik Hurtado (Kekuta Manneh 69), Pedro Morales, Sebastian Fernandez (Omar Salgado 90+3), Darren Mattocks.
Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Nicolas Mezquida, Russel Teibert, Andy O'Brien.
Total Shots: 30 (Pedro Morales 12); Shots on Goal: 9 (Pedro Morales 5); Fouls: 12 (Carlyle Mitchell 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 7 (Pedro Morales 5); Saves: 2 (David Ousted 2).
VAN - Darren Mattocks (caution) 59
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee's Assistants: Ian Anderson, Marco Arruda
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees
FC DALLAS HEAD COACH OSCAR PAREJA
Overall thoughts on the game...
"It was a good match. We traded halves - the first one was all ours, the second was for them. Vancouver scored a second goal on a PK that was outside, and that hurt us. We came up here to find three points and at the end, with the options that we had, we couldn't walk away with three points. It was a great job for our players, great sacrifice with certain difficulties we had prior to the game, and within the game, we brought Matt out at the half because of injury. That hurt us too, because it was a good half. But, it was a good match - we played against a good team."
On the 3-5-2 formation:
"Today, the plan, after we scouted, and we put all the teams together, we decided to go with that formation, knowing that we would have options with Blas and Tesho. We wanted to be solid in the middle, I thought we clogged where we wanted, we made it difficult for them in the middle in the first half. In the second half, when Matt came out in the middle, we paid a toll because of that. It was difficult without Matt."
On Tesho Akindele's growth:
"Fantastic. He's a great player, who has become a great professional in a short amount time. This is due to the help he's had from his teammates. He's a great, coachable kid, and he's doing it. The Canadian national team has a great asset with him, and we're very proud to have him on our team."
STRIKER TESHO AKINDELE
Thoughts on the match:
"We could have had a win, especially starting the second half up 2-1. We felt like we were going to win, but on the road against a good team, a point is not bad."
On his contact with the Canadian Soccer Association:
"Nobody's called me yet. I heard some stuff at the beginning of the season, like they might call me, but nobody's called me recently, and it would just be a good option if they do call me."
On his international options:
"I have family in Nigeria, I've lived in the U.S. and I was born in Canada, so I guess I'm pretty international. Nobody else has called me, so I'd say I'm leaning towards Canada."
On what has fostered his early season success:
"The coaches and the players on my team allowing me to play and just giving me confidence when I do make a mistake and having somebody like Blas Perez to play with - he's been the perfect striker partner this season."
MIDFIELDER VICTOR ULLOA
Thoughts on the match:
"It was a tough game. We leave with a point, which is the good thing about it. It's an important game for us; we're going to play them two more times, so it was important that we get off on the right foot, and I think we did that tonight."
On how they counteracted Vancouver's speed:
"They have very fast players up top, but I think we handled them well. Maybe on the first goal we were sleeping a little bit, and he snuck by us and put that in, but I think we managed them well."
On playing the 3-5-2 formation:
"Our outside backs, Moises Hernandez and Zach Loyd have a lot of space. They have open range to go back and forth, which just opens options for us out wide."