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FC Dallas vs Montreal Impact: Highlights, stats, and quote sheet

Here are all the notes and quotes from Saturday's win.

FC Dallas got back on track last night as they defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0.

Scoring Summary:

DAL: Mauro Diaz 79

DAL: Maxi Urruti (Tesho Akindele) 87

FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Fabian Castillo (Tesho Akindele 73), Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo (Kellyn Acosta 77), Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Max Urruti.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Zach Loyd, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Atiba Harris, Mauro Rosales.

Montreal Impact – Evan Bush, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, Donny Toia, Calum Mallace, Eric Alexander, Lucas Ontivero (Didier Drogba 70), Ignacio Piatti, Harry Shipp, Dom Oduro (Johan Venegas 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Maxime Tissot, Kyle Bekker, Wandrille Lefevre.

Misconduct Summary: DAL: Walker Zimmerman (caution) 34

MTL: Ignacio Piatti (caution) 43

DAL: Maynor Figueroa (caution) 72

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Referee Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.

Weather: Sunny, 55

Attendance: 14,502

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…

It’s a long season. They’re fighters. I was happy to see the structure, the concepts and the fundamentals applied in a game that needed it. It’s one of the games I remember where we were the most disciplined. In a way, what happened in Houston woke us up to the fact that this is a new season, a difficult season. The other teams have reinforced themselves well and, while it’s important to keep winning the games at home, we also have to get results when we are away. If we can hold games with the organization, and tactically keep that discipline, we have the players who at any moment can unbalance the (other) team. We have players who can make things happen – we have Fabian (Castillo). We have Tesho (Akindele). We have Maxi (Urruti), Mikey (Barrios), Mauro (Diaz). The chemistry (between Diaz and Urruti) is still developing and is closer to what we want. There is still a lot of work to do, but I’m glad we’re starting to see that both are giving the team what we need. Maxi (Urruti) and Mauro (Diaz) are understanding each other better each day and with every passing game.

FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead

On bouncing back after last week’s loss…

You want to prove too that last week’s result was a fluke and it’s not happening again this season. A huge loss like that just gets you questioning things, so bouncing back we went through a ton of video this week. We really broke down their attack and what they were going to be offering.

On getting forward a lot and overlapping runs…

I think that’s something I try to offer is trying to get forward, and they’re not expecting me to get forward. Especially when Mauro gets the ball in the final third and he’s coming from the left side and over. He’ll take a touch and turn, and I’m making that run down the sideline, and Mauro will see me, and nobody else will see me. There was one in the first half. I got in behind. The ball was a little bit ahead of me and it ended up going out of bounds for a goal kick, but if that ball’s two yards back, I’m in on goal. I love it and I want to continue to grow into that, but it’s a tricky game getting forward like that, and also knowing the attack of (Ignacio) Piatti and (Harry) Shipp and those guys on that left side. I have to make sure I get back for that too.

FC Dallas forward Maxi Urruti

Two goals in three games, talk about the chemistry you’ve found with your teammates here in Dallas…

I am very happy, very relaxed here. We have a very good team, a very good group. We know what the coach wants out of us and we are able to play calm. If I score, great, but the win is the most important thing. We are a relaxed group. I like that we can play well, relaxed.

On playing against Montreal’s physical defense...

We knew that Montreal was playing well. Today’s game was intense. We couldn’t break through until Mauro [Diaz] scored a beautiful goal on the set piece. After that, the game opened up. It was the break we needed.

FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz

General thoughts on the match…

I felt really good today. It was a complicated match. Montreal has a very good team. We had a great opportunity to score on the free kick. We were able to score and we won as a team. After losing 5-0 last week, we were in a situation to make a comeback. We responded. We won as a team. We won together. We are happy about it. It is great to be able to score at home. It is a long season, a long journey, but I was happy to be able to score and help the team get the three points.