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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from the 1-1 draw.

FC Dallas has ended their five-game road trip with a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Fabian Castillo (Kyle Bekker) 71
COL – Dillon Serna (Drew Moor, Vicente Sanchez) 88

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Michel (Kyle Bekker 46), Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Ryan Hollingshead, Victor Ulloa, Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (Alejandro Zendejas 64), Michael Barrios (Matt Hedges 79), Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Atiba Harris, Tesho Akindele, David Texeira.

Total Shots: 8 (Fabian Castillo 3) Shots on Goal: 3 (Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, Kyle Bekker 1); Fouls: 8 (Walker Zimmerman 2); Offsides: 1 (Blas Perez 1); Corners: 2 (Mauro Diaz, Kyle Bekker 1) Saves: 2 (Dan Kennedy 2).

Colorado Rapids – Clint Irwin, James Riley, Bobby Burling, Jared Watts, Drew Moor, Sam Cronin, Marcelo Sarvas (Lucas Pittinari 67), Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers (Vicente Sanchez 75), Gabriel Torres (Kevin Doyle 46), Luis Solignac.

Substitutes Not Used: Marc Burch, Zac MacMath, Charles Eloundou, Joseph Greenspan.

Total Shots: 14 (Luis Solignac 5) Shots on Goal: 3 (Dillon Serna 2); Fouls: 12 (Luis Solignac, Kevin Doyle 2); Offsides: 2 (Luis Solignac, Dillon Serna 1); Corners: 8 (Dillin Serna 5); Saves: 2 (Clint Irwin 2).
Misconduct Summary: COL – Bobby Burling (caution) 9
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 18
DAL – Dan Kennedy caution) 80
COL – James Riley (caution) 84

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee’s Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Matthew Nelson
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees
Attendance: 15,585
Time of game: 1:51

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

On if this was the strongest lineup …

To be honest, with all of the traveling that we have had, and the open cup game during the week, we tried just to get some players who we think had the energy to respond today because coming to Colorado isn’t easy with the altitude, with the big field and the travelling and all those things. Today we put a group of players who can do what we wanted and we were just about winning the game.

Did the players who started bring the energy that the coaching staff had hoped for?

We had two players who provided us speed on the flanks. We had two players who gave us dynamics up front in the one-on-one situations. We based our attack in that offensive phase, where we can get in behind them. They did a good job. Fabian [Castillo] had a chance to put in the second goal. He was pretty active. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t seal the result. That was unfortunate for us. We’re not happy, but we really prize the players who were just two minutes away from winning the three points.

On if Fabian Castillo switching sides was a tactical change or just the natural flow of the game…

We tried to get some speed behind the fullbacks. We saw Drew [Moor] there, we imagined their plan was to control Fabian [Castillo]. I thought we would bring him from the right to the left with the intention to get one or two chances there with where he’s good at. We had that one chance and then he scored and the other one he hit the post. We hurt them on the flanks today, but as I said, unfortunately we couldn’t seal the result, but we came away with a point. Obviously that doesn’t make us happy, but will make us look up to the next one. We already had a couple of results in four days and that’s not bad.

FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd

General thoughts on the match…

We played well enough to get three points. It’s unfortunate. You hate giving up the late goal. Though, that being said, it’s still good to come and get a point on the road. We are ready to get a win. It’s been a while, so that one hurts, you know, not getting a win, but at the same time, you’ve got to look at the positives. We’ve got four games at home now coming up of the next five. We are looking forward to that and hopefully we can get some wins under us.

On what he saw on Colorado’s late goal…

It was pretty basic. We knew what they were doing, putting numbers in the box, crossing. Just one of those things, a missed assignment. When you miss an assignment at this level, you pay for it. It’s unfortunate but it happens. We’ll move on. We’ll get better from it.

On finally being back at Toyota Stadium next week…

Like I said, we’re excited. We’ve been on the road for five weeks. It is not fun. It’s not fun being on the road that long. Our record shows in the last five weeks that it has been a struggle. It has been emotional for us. The guys are going to be excited to be home, be in front of our fans, be in our environment and play in an exciting derby.

On if the long road trips make the team stronger…

Yeah, for sure. We get to know each other more. We’ve got to dig in deeper, but we’re done. We’re finally done with this long road trip. The rest of the year, I think, we’ll be away one or two times at the most, so that is nice to only be away for two weeks. When you’re on the road it’s just a grind on your body, especially with the travel and the sleep, so the guys are just excited to get back and hopefully make a strong push towards the middle of the season.