FC Dallas picked up a shutout on Saturday night as they beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0.
DAL: Mauro Diaz (PK) 3
DAL: Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales) 80
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Ryan Hollingshead, Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz (Mauro Rosales 79), Fabian Castillo (Atiba Harris 71), Tesho Akindele (Kellyn Acosta 55).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Lizarazo, Timo Pitter.
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Joevin James, Erik Friberg, Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan (Oalex Anderson 77), Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Herculez Gomez (Andreas Ivanschitz 66).
Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Miller, Aaron Kovar, Dylan Remick, Nathan Sturgis, Zach Scott.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
AR1 (bench): Chris Strickland; AR2 (opposite): Claudio Badea; 4th: Rubiel Vazquez
Weather: Clear, 68
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Thoughts on the match…
I thought it was a game that showed a lot of intelligence from the players tactically on a very difficult day, especially in the fitness part (having played) three days ago. Today they brought energy and were very disciplined tactically. I was pleased to see in the second half how they understood the game and the challenges Seattle had, and they solved the problems. I thought the players solved it, and they deserved the win. Six points in a week; and the effort of the team was rewarded for sure.
Second six-point week of the season how important can that be later in the season?
It’s refreshing for sure. After the stretch that we had on the games away, the boys, this week, did a terrific job to get the points and get a good performance, bouncing back and trying to get better performances. It feels pretty good for sure.
The confidence is growing. The team is getting confidence, and we had bad experiences the last few weeks with results that are not easy to change. We lost some games that put us in a bad position defensively, and today getting the clean sheet is a great reward for the boys. We’re not there yet and you can see the team is getting back in form, but there’s still a long way to go to see the team we want. Tonight I reward them due to the tactical intelligence they had, and the structure they showed.
You mentioned the tactical discipline showed, how much of that played into your substitutions in the second half?
The game plan with the three forwards was trying to rotate them. I wanted Tesho up front with his frame, and it’s a game that sometimes forces you to play long. I wanted Tesho to compete for that ball. At the same time I know Mikey (Barrios) and Fabian (Castillo) came from a tough game on Wednesday. They’ve been running the whole week. Jones and Mears go attacking often, so we tried to rotate it.
How important was getting the first goal after giving up the first goal in the last few home games?
I had tremendous joy when it was 1-0, and I just looked up [at the sky] because it could’ve been the opposite. The first minutes they were in front of (Chris) Seitz, and I thought they had some chances. I said to my assistant ‘we’ll win today.’ We went to the other side and had a couple options, and then the PK came.
FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Rosales
On getting an assist seconds after entering the match…
It’s what the coaches asked me to do. I was focused and tried to help the team keep possession… help them control the match. We had the lead, and it was the closing minutes. The team has worked hard the past two matches so I was in there just to help control the game. Getting an assist was a plus. My focus was to help keep control of the ball and make Seattle chase because we had a tiring match on Wednesday against Portland. My focus was to close out this match.
On his assist…
Michael [Barrios] played me a high pass. It was a little behind me. When he made the pass, I remember him taking off into space. I just put it there in the space and his speed took care of the rest.
On getting six points in four days…
It’s two great results against Western Conference opponents. It gives us confidence moving forward. We are really happy to end the week like this. Now, we have a few days off and then we’ll focus on getting ready for next week.
FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa
On having Wednesday off to be fresh for tonight’s start…
That was the plan, for me to get a rest Wednesday night, and I think it worked out perfectly. I had a lot of energy tonight. I am glad we were able to get a good result.
On the clean sheet…
Important for us. We always want to get shutouts. It’s a point of emphasis for us, and now we have to go and take care of business away against New England.
On getting an early goal…
We wanted to get the intensity up, even in the warm-up. We did, and that worked out perfect as well. We need to work on being able to do that every single game. Getting an early goal helped us out a lot.
On playing away next week…
This week gives us confidence, for sure. Six points in a week here at home. We need to find a way to get a result away. That is our focus this week.