Another game down, another win for FC Dallas. Time to dive into the highlights of the latest one as the boys downed the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
DAL – Tesho Akindele 49
DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (Fabian Castillo) 59
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa, Michel (Ryan Hollingshead 46), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (David Texeira 87), Tesho Akindele, Blas Perez (Kyle Bekker 79).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Kellyn Acosta, Walker Zimmerman, Je-Vaughn Watson.
Total Shots: 11 (Fabian Castillo 6) Shots on Goal: 4 (Fabian Castillo 2); Fouls: 15 (Ryan Hollingshead 4); Offsides: 3 (Atiba Harris, Mauro Diaz, Blas Perez); Corners: 2 (Michel 2); Saves: 5 (Chris Seitz 5).
Philadelphia Union – Rais M’bolhi, Steven Vitoria, Ethan White (Michael Lahoud ), Raymon Gaddis, Sheanon Williams (Fabinho 22), Andrew Wenger (Eric Ayuk Mbu 74), Vincent Nogueira, Maurice Edu, Zach Pfeffer, Sebastian Le Toux, Fernando Aristeguieta.
Substitutes Not Used: Dzenan Catic, John McCarthy, Vrian Carroll, Richie Marquez.
Total Shots: 12 (Fernando Aristeguieta 5) Shots on Goal: 5 (Fernando Aristeguieta 3); Fouls: 12 (Steven Vitoria 3); Offsides: 2 (Andrew Wenger, Sebastian LeToux 1); Corners: 5 (Zach Pfeffer 4); Saves: 2 (Rais M’bolhi 2).
Misconduct Summary: PHL – Vincent Nogueira (caution) 23
DAL – Michel (caution) 26
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 31PHL – Fabinho (caution) 32
PHL – Zach Pfeffer (ejection) 41
PHL – Sebastian Le Toux (caution) 86
DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 90+1
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Robert SibigaWeather: Sunny, 50 degrees
Time of game: 1:53
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
On the hot start to the season and Seattle next week…We enjoyed a big three points today, but the team understands it’s a journey. We’re focusing on the next one. That’s the way we operate here. Now we are going to start our preparation for the next match, which is not just important but against a very good team and at our home, so we keep going. This is the time that we need to keep looking at things one step at a time.
Keys to next match…For me, I see the team effort as a unit – I don’t really single one out, I think it’s everybody’s effort that’s taken us to this point so far. Everybody is doing a great job, our boys including the guys who come from the bench, they are doing a lot of stuff to help the team get points.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz:
Overall thoughts on the game and season so far…It’s good. You know, we’ve had a hot start but at the same time we’ve been smart about it. We’re finding places we need to continue to work on and we work on those throughout the week and continue to get better. It’s super early in the season so we know that success is not easy and we are going to continue to push for it, and continue next week at home.
On keeping a clean sheet today…They broke us on our left side early on once or twice. I’m not sure who it was, but he had a ball across and I got a little leg to it, but outside of that, everything defensively was really, really strong today. We limited them to terrible angles to shoot on me and made things really easy for me and look, our team came out and beat a good team today. Obviously being down a man is not easy but it’s not easy to attack a team that just sits back as well. So for us we took our time and knew we were gonna get our chances in the second half and we made sure we finished them.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele
On today’s goal and the team so far this season…Yeah it was my first goal. I think that their left back – Fabinho – just held the ball a little too long so I got up on him, stole it from him, and then I had a one-on-one with the keeper and that was the end of it.
I think it’s just all about confidence, right now our team is feeling confident. We feel like our defense is playing well – shutting people out – and we’re finding goals everywhere, and on offense we’re pretty confident.
On how the team can improve…Right now, I think we just need to keep playing the way we are. I feel like we’re doing well, we’ve obviously won three games so not really improving anywhere, just playing the way we are.