A win is certainly a good way to end the month of August for FC Dallas.
DAL – Tesho Akindele (PK) 51
DAL – Fabian Castillo (Michael Barrios) 79
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead (Walker Zimmerman 77), Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Je-Vaughn Watson, Fabian Castillo (Rolando Escobar 86), Victor Ulloa, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios, David Texeira (Blas Perez 71), Tesho Akindele.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Michel, Ezequiel Cirigliano, Alejandro Zendejas.
Total Shots: 21 (David Texeira 5) Shots on Goal: 5 (Five players tied with 1); Fouls: 12 (Four players tied with 2); Offsides: 3; Corners: 7; Saves: 4 (Jesse Gonzalez).
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Demar Phillips (Jordan Allen 81), Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Aaron Maund, Kyle Beckerman, Luis Silva, Javier Morales, Luke Mulholland (Juan Manuel Martinez 64), Joao Plata Sebastian Jaime (Olmes Garcia 61).
Substitutes Not Used: Devon Sandoval, Jeff Attinella, John Stertzer, Elias Vasquez.
Total Shots: 10 (Javier Morales 3) Shots on Goal: 4 (Four players tied with 1); Fouls: 12 (Two players tied with 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 4; Saves: 3 (Nick Rimando 3).Misconduct Summary: RSL – Luke Mulholland (caution) 38
RSL – Demar Phillips (caution) 40
RSL – Javier Morales (caution) 51
DAL – Matt Hedges (caution) 66
RSL – Tony Beltran (caution) 67
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 84
Referee: Ted Unkel
Referee’s Assistants: Jonathan Johnson, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Weather: Cloudy and 88 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Opening thoughts on the match…It was a disciplined night for the team. I thought we'd get back to some organization. Due to the energy and the willingness to make [a win] happen right away, we lost that organization in the last couple of games and finished with results that looked a little bit unfair. Today we were reminded in the game that we have to be complete and we have to be organized. When the boys go back to those roots and fundamentals, they do well against a good team that has a lot of control of the ball. We found good timing to control the ball when we needed it and countered the ball when we needed it. I think that those things made us deserve the points - and, obviously, having that many chances to score - so it was a very complete night for us.
On starting David Texeira and Tesho Akindele…We wanted to spark something there. We came from a stretch of Blas [Pérez} going in and I wanted to give the opportunity to somebody else. [David] Texeira and Tesho [Akindele] did a great job with that. I knew that with them, I would get Real Salt Lake stretched a bit more and find more spaces for Mikey [Michael Barrios] and Fabian [Castillo].
On Tesho Akindele going to the bench after his goal…
Tesho [Akindele] has conviction when he tells you, "Coach, I'm going to score for you tonight." He had that in his mind. In training before the game, he was insisting on that. I think it was an emotional moment for him [when he scored] and he wanted to come and remind me that he had said that.
Fabian Castillo’s call-up to the Colombian National Team…
It means a lot for him. It means a lot for me now that he came tonight and stepped up. I think that his first responsibility is to this group and in the last two games, I wasn't happy with his performance. I had a little bit of mixed feelings there; feeling that had been rewarded with something that he really deserved but, for me, it was inaccurate timing. I thought that tonight he bounced back.
Coach [José] Pékerman said something to the media in Colombia: He said, this is a league that has grown tremendously. The call-up for Fabian Castillo is due to the level that he has in a league that is very competitive at this point. That made me feel better for the player and for [Major League Soccer]. This shows that the perception [about Major League Soccer] is changing and that everyone is talking highly about the level here. Calling this young man to a national team that is in good stance should make our country very proud.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez
On your thoughts heading into the match…I knew our back four would be strong. They went out there and played a solid game. I’m happy we were able to get the result we really needed.
On getting his first shutout with FC Dallas at home…
It feels amazing, being able to get a clean sheet at home in front of your family and friends. It is an amazing feeling.
On Real Salt Lake’s penalty kick attempt…
I knew he was going to that side. I totally forgot he does that stutter step so I almost went for it. It’s a good thing I held my position.
General thoughts on the match…
I was nervous [in my first start on the road] in Vancouver. Tonight, I didn’t have the crowd against me so it was a lot better. There were a few difficult crosses that I had to deal with tonight but other than that it was a pretty simple game.
FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo
On being named Man of the Match…I didn’t get the three points all by myself. It was the work of the whole team.
On being called up by the Colombian National Team…It’s great, really great. Every footballer at any club in the world would love to represent his country. God has granted me this opportunity to play for my country. I am going there to make my club very proud.
Did you have any idea this was coming?
It caught me by surprise. Earlier this week, I was talking to my agent about how difficult it would be to receive a call up from the Colombian National Team. It so happens that just a few days later I end up getting called up to the national team. José Pékerman [Colombian National Team head coach] called me himself. It really caught me by surprise. I was expecting someone from the national team staff would call, but he called me himself, and it made me even more happy.
Talk about your goal celebration tonight.
It was to thank FC Dallas. I owe the club a lot. It’s the team that has helped me grow and it gave me the opportunity.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele
On getting back into the starting lineup…It was great. The coach showed faith in me and I am glad I was able to reward him with a solid performance.
On telling Oscar Pareja that you were going to score a goal tonight before the match started…
If you’re a forward, you have to have that confidence that you are going to score. Before the game I told him, "I’m gonna score today. I’m going to come celebrate with you." That was basically how it happened.
On needing three points tonight…
It’s huge. If you look at how tight the West is… this win tonight and we’re all the way back up to third, I think. Every win is huge for us.