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FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from the latest FCD match.

Another match down for FC Dallas and another draw at home, this time a 2-2 decision to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Scoring Summary:
SJ: Alberto Quintero (Quincy Amarikwa, Simon Dawkins) 4
DAL: Tesho Akindele (PK) 36
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Quincy Amarikwa) 55
DAL: own goal (Victor Bernardez) 62


FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Fabian Castillo (Victor Ulloa 80), Kellyn Acosta (Mauro Rosales 60), Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios, Tesho Akindele (Atiba Harris 84), Maxi Urruti.

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Zach Loyd, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Lizarazo.

San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Andres Imperiale, Shaun Francis, Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 77), Fatai Alashe, Tommy Thompson, Simon Dawkins (Innocent Emeghara 90), Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Adam Jahn 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Matheus Silva, Matias Perez Garcia, Kofi Sarkodie.

Misconduct Summary: 
DAL: Kellyn Acosta (caution) 14
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (caution) 31
SJ: Fatai Alashe (caution) 41
DAL: Mauro Rosales (caution) 84
DAL: Maynor Figueroa (caution) 87

Referee: Alan Kelly. 
AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Eric Weisbrod. 
Fourth: Marcos de Oliveira
Weather: Cloudy, 63
Attendance: 13, 386

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

Overall thoughts…
(It was a) difficult game for us. I thought it was very direct, more than we want, more than we are used to playing. We knew that with our structure and our formation, eventually, the game would come off more direct than usual, but I think both teams started to look for an avenue and it caused us in the middle to get more rhythm and put more combinations together until in the second half we settled. I thought the team was a little more crafty to create options in the second half and the intensity and the character to win was there. That’s what I love about this team. The team just shows you over and over that we’re a team that battles until the end. The last 10-15 minutes I thought it was a game where both teams were getting tired, but all-in-all a difficult one for both. I have to say that we deserved more in the second half, but also we found a team that was pushing and I have to take the point today.

On coming away with one point instead of three…
I have to praise the character of this team knowing that this point will help us in the standings. It’s going to be a difficult season for sure. I’m disappointed because at home we should get all three points. This team has been strong here, physical. In the last two games, we have given up points, but at the same time I have to respect the rivals. Columbus and San Jose are good teams and today was a battle. The game could go either way. I’ll take the point, (but) with the disappointment that we always have (with a draw) because at home, we need to win.

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele

On contributing a goal or assist in three straight matches…
That is my job, to score goals. To come in and, when I can, create chances. That is my mindset every game. I need to make something happen. I’m just glad I did tonight.

On fighting back to get a tie…
It’s important that we can show that mentality but honestly, we don’t want to be in that position, where we are down at home. We feel like we should be beating every team at home – that we are good enough to do that. There is a little bit of disappointment.

It’s going to be a tough week, two in-conference games. We’ll be battling. We’ll be ready. Our training staff and our fitness coach will take care of us. We’ll be ready.

On preparing to play without Mauro Diaz…
It gave us some time to work on designed plays. The play that we earned the penalty kick on was a perfect example. I tried to get in behind and play it off to people. Ryan [Hollingshead] got through [and earned the PK]. It gave us some time to work through how to get behind them.

On his relationship with Fabian Castillo, Michael Barrios and Maxi Urruti on the field…
Those relationships build over time and players change too so even if you have a great relationship, you need to keep playing with those players to learn what they are doing differently. It’s an ongoing process.

FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Rosales

On changing the game after coming on for Kellyn Acosta in the 60th minute…
I tried to push the team forward. I tried to get into the pockets that they were giving us. I tried to make an impact on the game, but it was more about the mentality of the group. We pushed because we were behind and we needed to get points. Our mentality, working every day to win games against these types of teams… Tough teams in our conference… You always have to get points. We are not happy with the result. We should have won today. We had a game that we gave away some goals easily. We have to work on that. 

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman

General thoughts on the match…
Very hard-fought game by both teams. A lot of running, a lot of tackles and a lot of physical play. I don’t know that we are thrilled with the result. We didn’t like going down a goal early. That was unfortunate for us. Credit our guys for fighting back, twice. But we are all wishing that we came away with three points. 

On playing against Quincy Amarikwa who had a goal and an assist tonight…
He is an interesting player because even though he is a shorter player, he is very physical, very strong. He uses his body well. He has really come on lately as a dynamic player in MLS. He had a good game tonight. His second assist was really good, in particular.

On heading to Portland on Wednesday…
We are starting to develop a rivalry with Portland. They put us out last season in the playoffs, to go to MLS Cup. So we have to go up there and focus on getting a result in a tough, tough environment, but we’re ready for it.