FC Dallas and San Jose played to a 0-0 tie on Saturday night. Lets just say there wasn't much in this one.
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris, Victor Ulloa, Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Diaz (Zach Loyd 81), Fabian Castillo, Carlos Lizarazo (Maxi Urruti 55), Tesho Akindele (Mauro Rosales 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Herman, Agustin Jara, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Timo Pitter
San Jose Earthquakes– David Bingham, Kofi Sarkodie, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis, Fatai Alashe, Matias Perez Garcia (Cordell Cato 84), Shea Salinas, Tommy Thompson, Quincy Amarikwa (Adam Jahn 72), Chad Barrett
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Andrew Tarbell, Andres Imperiale, Jordan Stewart, Innocent
DAL: Ryan Hollingshead(Caution) 53
SJ: Tommy Thompson(Caution) 67
Referee: Juan Guzman
Referee Assistants: Adam Garner, Eduardo Mariscal
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Clear, 73
Head Coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match
I thought it was a very conservative game for both teams in the first half we tried to have the initiative and I thought we controlled most of the half. In the second half, I thought San Jose came out with energy in the first ten minutes but we controlled it again. I say that it’s another one I feel pleased with especially tactically the way our defenders played today. Getting a point in San Jose is very valuable for us and both teams had some absences that obviously hurt but we’ll take the point. As I said, it’s a very difficult place, San Jose has done a terrific job at home and we were able to control it. Not giving goals away today was a big assignment and the boys did a great job in that part.
How difficult was it for both teams missing players and making it disjointed?
It’s difficult for sure. The connections in the teams are important, when you’re missing players that are normally playing obviously hurts the teams but from our end we are pleased with the people who started and once again we get a very valuable point and that’s important
What did you think about Matt Hedges first game back after an injury layoff?
I was very pleased. I think Matt did a terrific job with Walker in the middle controlling Amarikwa and Barrett and then in the second half with Jahn. I think we were able to be solid defensively and I didn’t feel any point that we would be fragile. The boys did a good job and obviously having Matt back is a plus.
On tonight’s match...
I think for us going into it we know we wanted to keep the shutout and be disciplined at the back but also go forward and take chances. I think the game was there for the taking to be honest but we hold our heads high on the result and hope to make it a four point week at home on Thursday. We’re happy with the shutout which is always good but we’re looking to get three on Thursday.
Is it a sign of the advancement of the team that there is a little bit of disappointment with the result?
It’s a mentality and it’s what we have to have. WE know anywhere we go we’re going for three points and that’s our mindset. That’s the way we play and you saw us throw numbers forward at the end to try and get it. We’re a good enough team to win this game. We’re happy with a point though you’ll always take it.