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FC Dallas vs New England Revolution: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FCD's win over New England.

FC Dallas picked up a huge 4-2 win on Saturday against the New England Revolution.

Scoring Summary:

DAL: Tesho Akindele (PK) 5
NE: Juan Agudelo (Lee Nguyen) 23
NE: Lee Nguyen (PK) 26
DAL: Atiba Harris (Kellyn Acosta) 36
DAL: Fabian Castillo 70
DAL: Tesho Akindele (Kellyn Acosta) 90

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris, Ryan Hollingshead (Agustin Jara 88), Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios (Kellyn Acosta 8), Fabian Castillo (Mauro Rosales 82), Tesho Akindele.

Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Lizarazo, Timo Pitter.

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney (Daigo Kobayashi 67), Andrew Farrell, Sambinha, Je-Vaughn Watson; Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie (Diego Fagundez 28); Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen (c), Juan Agudelo (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 75); Kei Kamara.

Substitutes Not Used: London Woodberry, Brad Knighton, Teal Bunbury, Darrius Barnes.

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Bobby Shuttleworth (caution) 3
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 43
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution) 81

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
AR1 (bench): Jeff Muschik; AR2 (opposite): Jose J. Da Silva; 4th: Jose Carlos Rivero

Weather: Cloudy, 61

Attendance: 23,472

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the game:

Obviously, very pleased and happy with the points in a difficult place, against a difficult rival too, and that’s sweet. You know, we get three points and very good performance, especially in the second half when we [were able to] answer the pressure from New England and defensively, we grew a lot. And that’s something we were committed with coming to Boston. Unfortunately, in the first half, we were a little light for ten minutes approximately when we gave up two goals. The boys just got their things together in the second half. And the result of the four goals is the product of the effort on the field against a team who put a lot of people in the second half going forward, but we handled it very well. Tactically, once again, the team responded very well.

On how he thought the team he responded to losing Michael Barrios early due to injury:

We’re waiting for the results on him. Obviously, it doesn’t look good. We’re praying for his health and hopefully it’s nothing major. The players backed him up a lot in the game. It was even a lift for them when a player that works that hard and means that much for this team. He’s doing a terrific job for the club and today the boys stepped for him. It shows that we’re deep. It shows we have people that can do the job also, and that was good news.

On the key to stopping New England in the second half:

We knew they were looking for Kei [Kamara] there—especially in the air. I thought Zach [Loyd] and Walker [Zimmerman] neutralized him a lot and we wanted just to cut his connection with Lee [Nguyen]. In the first half, [they were able to get that connection] more frequently than we wanted. By cutting that connection, it helped us a lot and just forced them to play the long balls.

On Fabian Castillo being creating the third goal:

Our plan for [Fabian Castillo] was to spend most of his time up front. After 15 minutes, we moved him in there and tried to create space and be a threat in-behind the central backs. In the second half, he was even better because we left him by himself and we brought in Tesho Akindele into the hole like a playmaker who can help us defensively, but at the same time someone who can hold the ball for us and leave the spaces for Fabian. That is exactly what happened. Fabian [Castillo] just used that space and [scored] a very important goal.

On how it may have influenced FC Dallas’ game playing against Samba and Chris Tierney:

We all have challenges during a season that lasts so long. We all, as coaches, need to figure out how can we just sort out those things. When you [are forced to] bring in two guys that were not playing – it gave us some space in the back and we used it well. So we tried to get in behind with speed. We attacked the flanks especially, and then as I say, in the second half we put Fabian [Castillo] in between the center backs and one of those plays just give us good result.

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele

On his thoughts on the PK:

It was a great run by Mikey [Michael Barrios]. The ‘keeper, I think, was a half second late. He popped it over him. As far as I could tell it was definitely a foul so I think it was a good call.

On playing an attacking mid role in the second half and the last time he played there:

It’s been a long time. It was more to help our team defensively. I was trying to mark [Scott] Caldwell as much as I could, stop him from moving the ball. I think I did a good job of that.

On his second goal and what he saw:

Great pass by Kellyn [Acosta]. As a forward, you dream of a pass like that, a situation like that. The ‘keeper was kind of stranded at that point because I’m on the penalty spot, I can do whatever I want, so all credit goes to Kellyn.

On coming off a string of tough road games and what this win means:

It’s huge. We lost our last three road games, so to get a win kind of gives us confidence moving forward in our upcoming road games.

FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris

On his goal tonight:

We’ve been working on set pieces all season long and it’s good. We got one two games ago with Walker Zimmerman and it’s kind of defensive thing. A little inside joke where we need a little competition. We need to score as defenders on set pieces. But on my goal, I just made a near post run and I got to the guy first, got to the ball first.

On what he was expecting playing in New England:

We try to get a result and we came out of here with three points and we’re happy about that, so we’ll try to stay focused and build on that."