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FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from Saturday's massive road win.

Saturday night sure was fun huh? Five goals, the biggest road victory in club history and our favorite rookie netting his first career hat trick.


Scoring Summary:
DAL - Fabian Castillo 30
DAL - Tesho Akindele (Fabian Castillo) 43
DAL - Tesho Akinele 58
DAL - Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez) 74
DAL - Tesho Akindele 86

FC Dallas -Raul Fernandez, Jair Benitez, Zach Loyd (Kellyn Acosta 77), Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Andres Escobar, Michel, Victor Ulloa, Ryan Hollingshead (Blas Perez 69), Tesho Akindele, Fabian Castillo (Peter Luccin 77).

Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Adam Moffat, David Texeira, Danny Garcia.

Total Shots: 18 (Fabian Castillo 8) Shots on Goal: 10 (Fabian Castillo 4); Fouls: 9 (Victor Ulloa 2); Offsides: 0; Corners: 11 (Michel 10); Saves: 5 (Raul Fernandez 5).

San Jose Earthquakes - Jon Busch, Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis (Brandon Barklage 13), Jordan Stewart, Jason Hernandez, Atiba Harris (Tommy Thompson 72), Shea Salinas, Sam Cronin, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (Khari Stephenson 61), Matis Perez Garcia, Chris Wondolowski.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Cordell Cato, J.J. Koval, Ty Harden.

Total Shots: 25 (Shea Salinas 4); Shots on Goal: 5 (five players with one); Fouls: 8 (Atiba Harris 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 5 (Matias Perez Garcia 3); Saves: 5 (Jon Busch 5).

Misconduct Summary:
SJ - Victor Bernardez (caution) 44

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: Peter Balciunas, Chris Strickland
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Attendance: 10,525
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Quote Sheet:


On Fabian Castillo:

He has a better understanding of what his responsibilities are without the ball. When you have a player that becomes a team player, success will follow. He has grown immensely at being a team player. Now he's sacrificing, working harder and making the right tactical movements. Everything is coming together for him.

On team character:

This group has shown a lot of character. I don't know if people realize how much adversity this group has gone through this year - I've never seen anything like it in my life. They stand up and keep pushing, and today was a statement where they proved that they're strong kids.


On clean sheet:

For us as a defense, it's more important. During this unbeaten streak, we've only given up a handful of goals. It's something we're really focusing on. At the beginning of the year, we were leaky, and we definitely wanted to change that, and it's showing.

On Zach Loyd:

He's been huge. In the last three games, he's played three different positions: center back, left back and right back. He's brilliant at all of those positions, and he's easy to play with and communicate with. It's great for a team to have a guy that can do that day in and day out.


On hat trick:

On the first one, I turned the defender and shot it far post - it wasn't the hardest shot, but placement matters. The last two were just me following the shots - that's what strikers need to do: they have to follow their shots and get easy goals like that.

On unbeaten streak:

The streak has taken dedication from everyone on both sides of the ball. We've been scoring a lot of goals, but we've also been allowing fewer goals than we were in the beginning of the season. I think offensively and defensively, we're starting to click.