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FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from the loss to LA.

FC Dallas dropped another game on Saturday night, a 2-1 decision to the LA Galaxy.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Michael Barrios 33
LA – Robbie Keane (Robbie Rogers) 51
LA – Robbie Keane (Gio dos Santos) 56

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Ryan Hollingshead (Alejandro Zendejas 83), Matt Hedges, Je-Vaughn Watson, Atiba Harris (Walker Zimmerman 89), Victor Ulloa (Tesho Akindele 74), Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo, Rolando Escobar, Michael Barrios, Blas Perez.

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Michel, Zach Loyd, David Texeira.

Total Shots: 13 (Blas Perez 3) Shots on Goal: 4 (Several with 1); Fouls: 11 (Michael Barrios 3); Offsides: 4; Corners: 6; Saves: 1 (Dan Kennedy 1).

LA Galaxy – Donovan Ricketts, Robbie Rogers (Dan Gargan 86), Omar Gonzalez, AJ De La Garza, Leonardo, Gio dos Santos (Alan Gordon 76), Steven Gerrard, Sebastian Lletget (Rafa Garcia 90+5), Juninho, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes.

Substitutes Not Used: Mika Vay Rynen, Brian Rowe, Ignacio Maganto, Tom Meyer.

Total Shots: 13 (Robbie Keane 5) Shots on Goal: 3 (Robbie Keane 3); Fouls: 2 (Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes); Offsides: 0; Corners: 2; Saves: 3 (Donovan Ricketts 3).
Misconduct Summary: DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 38
LA – AJ De La Garza (caution) 57
DAL – Blas Perez (caution) 61
LA – Donovan Rickets (caution) 77
LA – Gyasi Zardes (caution) 90+1

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Charles Morgante, Michael Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal
Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees
Attendance: 21,907

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Opening thoughts on the match…
It was a beautiful night in Frisco, with two teams that gave it all. I thought we put in more and unfortunately we couldn't get the result we wanted. We're obviously upset and frustrated. There's nothing I can remark today that cannot praise the players that I had today on the field. They gave it all for the jersey. They wanted to take home the three points in front of our full stadium. The work that they've put in during the week towards this game was unbelievable. Today, they deserved more. I guess that’s the game. The quality of the players that [LA Galaxy] has just showed that you cannot blink and give away two opportunities. (If you do), they'll get the points and that's what it is.

On the difference between the two halves…
I think (LA) had a good reaction (to being down at half). We gave up the first goal in a play that we control normally, marking with the backs and avoiding the cross… we work on it during the week. They gave a couple of inches to (Robbie) Keane and he punished us, and then the game was open. We started throwing some bodies (forward) because we wanted to win it. This team is not going to stop attacking. We have that mentality. We have gotten results like that. It gets open and then obviously, L.A. is going to have some options as well. We didn’t want to play conservative and we didn’t want to play for just one point. These guys wanted the game and they deserve all of the game, so I have to praise them.

FC Dallas midfielder Michael BarriosDid you see the player who attempted to slide-tackle the ball away from you on the goal?No. I didn’t see him at all. I was concentrating on finishing. Luckily, when he touched the ball, the bounce went in our favor. I’m glad I was able to grab the ball and score.

On scoring four goals in his last six MLS games…
More than anything, it’s continuity. I am getting the opportunity to play and gain confidence every day. I am giving everything I can to the game.

Did you think you deserved a PK on the play where you were brought down in the area?
I saw two plays where there was contact. If the referee sees no contact, then there was no contact. It is the referee’s decision. You have to respect those decisions.

FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead
General thoughts on the match…
I thought we were the better team throughout in terms of possession and the amount of chances that were created. All their chances came from counter attacks. There weren’t many sustained attacks from them. For us, we were in their half for almost the entire game. A lot of the time, that is the opposing team’s game plan coming in… just trying to hunker in, defend and counter attack and they did that well today.

On the controversial plays where no penalty kick was awarded for FC Dallas…
On those plays, where there is a guy sitting on the ball in the box for a few seconds and we’re looking for a call thinking it is coming… Part of that is our fault. We need to be better and be alert. We need to keep on playing until the whistle is blown. Part of that too is… We have to be better. We cannot leave it up to a referee.

On setting up Michael Barrios’ goal with a header from midfield…
A lot of our game plan on defensive headers was to get it over or through their back line. They’re slow on the turn so if you can get the ball behind their backs, our guys were faster. It wasn’t maybe perfectly directed down the line or anything like that, but I was trying to get it up and over as well as I could. After I hit it, I looked up and saw we were on goal.

FC Dallas defender Je-Vaughn Watson
General thoughts on the match…
We lost focus for a minute and they scored two goals. We gave up a lot of chances in the second half. It's just that there are some things that we have to learn. We have to play for 90 minutes and, playing for FC Dallas, we've got to play good. We can't give up. Tonight we played good, but we lost focus for about 10 minutes in the game and it cost us. We started off the game slow and when they scored the two goals, we realized that the game was not over. We were the better team tonight as you can see, but we still have to take our hats off to LA… They came here and they wanted it more. Next week with Vancouver we've got to get the three points.