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FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from Friday's draw.

FC Dallas ended a two game home stretch on Friday night with a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls.

Scoring Summary:

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Moises Hernandez, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Fabian Castillo (Ryan Hollingshead 90+1), Victor Ulloa, Mauro Diaz, Kellyn Acosta (Michel 84), Tesho Akindele (Michael Barrios 59), Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Kyle Bekker, Alejandro Zendejas, Atiba Harris.

Total Shots: 13 (Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz 3) Shots on Goal: 3 (Je-Vaughn Watson, Moises Hernandez, Michael Barrios 1); Fouls: 18 (Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios 4); Offsides: 1 (Tesho Akindele); Corners: 8 (Mauro Diaz 8) Saves: 3 (Dan Kennedy 3).

New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Kemar Lawrence, Chris Duvall, Karl Ouimette, Damien Perrinelle, Dax McCarty, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam (Sean Davis 79), Felipe, Mike Grella (Dane Richards 58), Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Substitutes Not Used: Roy Miller, Anatole Bertrand Abang, Marius Obekop, Kyle Reynish, Sean Davis, Connor Lade.

Total Shots: 14 (Felipe 7) Shots on Goal: 3 (Felipe 2); Fouls: 10 (Bradley Wright-Phillips 3); Offsides: 7 (Bradley Wright-Phillips 3); Corners: 5 (Felipe 5); Saves: 3 (Luis Robles 2).
Misconduct Summary: NY – Damien Perrinelle (caution) 34
NY – Sacha Kljestan (caution) 56

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 75 degrees
Attendance: 12,640
Time of game: 1:50

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

It was a very entertaining game for the people who appreciated the tactics and the way the two teams tried to prevent each other, how both teams gave everything on the field. The way they put a lot of effort and the talent that was there - it was a very good battle. We were disappointed because we thought at one point that we could get the three points with some options that we had in front of the goal. The game is like that and we walked out with a point, so we’re pleased with what happened tonight with our team. The boys played hard and I thought it was a very good, entertaining game.

Tactical Strategy against New York

We knew that they wanted us to play short out of the back so they could come at us to pressure us and force us to make mistakes. We didn’t want that - we didn’t want to challenge that part of the midfield. Instead we wanted to skip them and find the second part of the field. That, for instance, is why we did very well in the first half with Blas (Perez) holding the goal for us. I thought we complicated it tactically on that end and we had some options with the speed we have in the wings. I thought Kellyn (Acosta) and Victor (Ulloa) played very well tonight – it was a huge game for both of them. They are good midfielders; players that have good feet and are smart in the middle. Tactically I thought we were better.

On Dan Kennedy

[Dan Kennedy] today gave us the comfort of knowing that when the ball was crossing he would be there. He has that personality to come up and for us that’s huge. Especially in Major League Soccer where many of the goals are scored from crosses and people are dangerous in the back, he comes at the right time. That personality helps the boys there and we felt safe tonight.

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman

On being named Man of the Match…

It was a full defensive effort. Any time the team is able to get a shutout, it means that you are doing things right on the back line, the defensive midfield and even up top. Those guys are working back to help win the ball and that allows up to hold our shape. I credit all my teammates. I thought everyone put in a good shift.

Was that the best game you’ve played for FC Dallas?

I don’t know. It was definitely one of the more organized matches I’ve played. I felt very tuned in and aware. Mentally it was one of the better games I’ve played. I felt like I had a high level of focus throughout the match and getting the shutout really shows that the team played well.

On Dan Kennedy remaining unbeaten in an FC Dallas jersey…

He adds a lot. Both goalkeepers we have are veterans of this league. They are guys that know how to get wins and shutouts. Dan is a guy that will challenge you throughout the match. He never lets you go to sleep for a second. He always has his guys tuned in and it’s a real tribute to who he is as a man and as a player.

On playing against the New York Red Bulls…
They’re a great team – one of the elite squads in the league. They have a shot at competing for a championship this year. They like to come out and pressure you high. They got after us a little bit. They had a few chances tonight but ultimately we held our own and we created some good chances of our own.

FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa

General thoughts on the match…

Obviously (it was) frustrating… We would have liked to have come away with the full three points, especially since we are going on a stretch of away games now. We only got one point when we had chances that we should have put away.

How do you think the team will handle the longest road trip in team history?

We’ll take it one game at a time. We know we are a good team. We have to go fight for points away.
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta
General thoughts on the match…
Thanks to the fans that came out tonight. I thought it was a good game. We came up with a decent result against a good team. All our hard work during the week paid off.

On joining the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the World Cup in New Zealand…
It’s bittersweet. I always want to be with the team [FC Dallas]. I feel like I am going out on a high point. We are playing well but I was fortunate enough to get called into national team duty. I am looking forward to that now. I’ll try to do my best every day. I know we’ll get the job done over there.