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FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

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All the facts from FCD's latest match.

It definitely wasn't pretty but we'll make it through this one as FC Dallas now heads into a bye week after losing to Chicago Fire 2-0.

Scoring Summary:

CHI: David Accam (Jason Johnson) 4

CHI: Shaun Maloney (Penalty Kick) 85

Misconduct Summary:

DAL: Mauro Diaz (Caution) 35
DAL: Tesho Akindele (Caution) 48
DAL: Kellyn Acosta (Caution) 76
CHI: Matt Watson (Ejection) 79

Chicago Fire SC – Sean Johnson, Lovel Palmer (Matt Watson 68), Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Gehrig, Joevin Jones, Harry Shipp, Matt Polster, Razvan Cocis, Shaun Maloney, David Accam (Patrick Nyarko 88), Jason Johnson (Kennedy Igboananike 66).

FC Dallas – Dan Kennedy, Ryan Hollingshead (Moises Hernandez 82), Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris, Fabian Castillo, Victor Ulloa (Rolando Escobar 58), Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, David Texeira (Tesho Akindele 45).

Substitutes not used:

CHI: Jon Busch, Greg Cochrane, Adailton, Michael Stephens.

DAL: Chris Seitz, Michel, Walker Zimmerman, Alex Zendejas.

Match Facts:
Weather: Sunny and 91 degrees
Attendance: 14,209

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos


CHI: 11

DAL: 13

CHI: 4


CHI: 16

DAL: 11

CHI: 3

DAL: 4


CHI: 36

DAL: 64

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
On the match…
I thought it was a difficult match for us. We couldn’t find a rhythm. It was hot here and I thought Chicago did a good job on sitting back and counter attacking us. We really had some problems getting a good tempo in the game, and then we give away two goals so it wasn’t under our control and that made a difference.

On going down a goal early in the game…The game is something you need to re-evaluate every day. We have always said we are a team that is always in the growing process. We would like to obviously win all the games. We all know in Major League Soccer it’s tough and going away in Chicago, we had a difficult game. So we give credit to them, they had a defensive plan and we couldn’t break it. That’s the game.

On taking advantage of the red card giving to Chicago in the second half…
From the first minute, we always try to [press] at their goal. I tried to see our chances and create some opportunities and then when the player from Chicago received a red card, we thought we’d have some space. And we did have some. But we were not sharp in front of the box with our chances. We were there, but we were not clean enough to put the ball in the back of the net.

On facing LA Galaxy after a bye week…
Every day is a nonstop journey, and we have to concentrate on the work. As much as we have enjoyed our July in winning and putting in a lot of wins together, we are not going to get desperate. We value our team and we know the boys are putting in a great effort, and sometimes we are cleaner than others. Tonight was not our night. We have to accept that. We look forward to the next one.

On not letting this loss affect the team…
It shouldn’t. We cannot allow that. I have total belief in our players and the way we do it, and the league is like that. We always want to win every single game, but we have to remember in front of us is a team that put together a good game plan and we have to accept that. Their defensive plan worked well and we were not clean enough and that was the game.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy
On the team’s performance…
Obviously the conditions played a factor. I think we naturally do really well in possession and dictating the game. It unsettled us, they got a lucky bounce out of it with the first goal… created a one-on-one. That’s the way it went, we had nearly 90 minutes including stoppage time to get the goal back and you have to credit them for the day. They were able to hold us scoreless. It was a tough game.

On what the team will take away from this match…I think it’s important to understand that we were not going to go win every game for the rest of the year. Today proved we were not going to do that. So it will ground us. Now that we have a bye week to digest it, it will get us going again. Hopefully light that fire and go back home and we’re good at home. I like our chances.

FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
On the team’s ability to move the ball up the crowded midfield…We had a tough time today. It’s always a tough place here for us. I feel like every time we come here it’s a battle. Today we couldn’t quite get in sync with each other. We know that happens from time to time. You have games where you’re not connecting as well as you usually do. I thought we continued to press to try to get that equalizer, but today the ball just wasn’t bouncing our way. Couldn’t find the back of the net.

On the Fire’s formation causing frustration…
They played well. They definitely frustrated us. I think we had some good opportunities, but didn’t tuck away the ones that we got. We were more frustrated for ourselves than thinking about them. Overall I thought we continued to press and try to get that one. But it just didn’t come today.

On taking advantage of playing against 10 men in the second half…
I think any time you go up it gives you a boost. Throw numbers forward and take more chances, especially them being down a man. We made some changes and threw a couple more bodies forward and continue to try to press and get that goal. It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t get one today.

On using the bye week strategically…We need to re evaluate this game. And get some rest before the final push at the end of the season. We are looking forward to going back home, and we all really enjoy being there, and having our fans behind us. I think it’s going to be a great game for us and looking forward to it.

On whether the bye week came at a good point in the season…
It’s a good time to rejuvenate and get your legs back under you, especially right now. We are pushing the last 12 games for the season so it’s kind of a final push before playoffs. So to get a week of just getting our legs back under us and getting those last 12 games started off on the right foot at home is big for us.