Thursday night wasn't a ton of fun with the rain and result between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.
DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (Fabian Castillo) 23
HOU – Ricardo Clark 51
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges (Agustin Jara 85), Zach Loyd, Victor Ulloa (Mauro Rosales 65), Kellyn Acosta (Juan Esteban Ortiz 76), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead, Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Carlos Lizarazo, Coy Craft, Colin Bonner.
Houston Dynamo – Tyler Deric, Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raul Rodríguez, DaMarcus Beasley, Collen Wenger, Boniek García, Andrew Warner (Erick Torres 76), Ricardo Clark, Cristian Maidana (Sheanon Williams 87), Will Bruin.
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, David Rocha, Agus, Leonel Miranda, Mauro Manotas.
DAL: Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 68
Referee: Kevin Stott
AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jeffery Greeson; 4th: Jose Fotis Bazakos
Weather: Rain, 72
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the match…
It was a long night for sure, a very long one. I thought the first half we worked hard to not just score the goal, but tried to dominate and control the game. For some part of that half, we did it. In the second half, I thought Houston came out with more aggressiveness. We could not control [the game] that well. In the first few minutes [of the second half], I thought Houston had a couple of chances. They deserved to score. To be quite honest, I thought it was a fair result. We pushed at the end without too many ideas. We wanted three points, but I have learned in this league, and I have told our players, that when you cannot win, you have to walk out with a point. We will look for those two points that we lost today at home. We will have to go and get them somewhere else. But, I thought it was a fair result.
On the importance of getting a positive result tonight…
[Three points] was the idea, the objective. We worked hard during the week understanding what it meant for us to get those three points at home and finish at the top of the league. That was obviously our objective, but I thought we were not consistent tonight, and we have to accept that.
On the first four minutes of play under poor conditions and coming back after a lengthy delay…
It’s difficult. It’s very difficult. I couldn’t predict the game after the delay. For me, the health and taking care of the players is the priority. I was very concerned. It was very wet. The field was very soft. It takes a big piece of the game. It’s not just the delaying. It’s not just returning to the locker room and warming up three times and the rain and all those things and obviously missing a big part of our fans, but also getting back to a field that was destroyed. It’s a tough decision for sure for the referees, and I respect it.
On the delay affecting the team’s explosiveness…
It has an influence on it. It has for sure. But, we have to find ways to endure those things, and we’re young. It’s our responsibility to overcome the difficulties. We have the character to do it. Today, it was very difficult to be explosive on that field, for Houston as well.
FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead
On his goal…
It was a big, early goal. [Houston] was on the road, sitting in a guest locker room for two hours. At least we were in our home locker room. After half, we wanted to come out and hold the shutout. That was the most disappointing part. But yeah, Fabian [Castillo] did well to get that ball across to me. It was one of those games where the ball was just sliding and slipping around, so I was just trying to get in front of goal and get it on target. That was our game plan and that was what happened on the goal.
Is that swan dive your goal celebration from now on?
I guess so… I thought I was going to slide so much further than I did – they really squeegeed that field well.
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
On playing right back for the first time in over a year…
It was good. That is where I started my career so it still feels natural for me to go back out there. I thought we did well tonight, given the circumstances. It was unfortunate to give up that goal but we played well enough to get three points. We came up a little short.
On the fans staying throughout the match despite the conditions…
It’s awesome. It is awesome to know that we have supporters behind us no matter what the conditions are. I was actually surprised by the turnout when we finally came back out of the locker room. Huge credit to our fans – huge credit to the organization. The team continues to grow and supporters continue to back us no matter the conditions or the results. It’s nice to have that loyalty.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
On the strange game with the long delay…
Ugh, we should be used to it (laughs). Once a year we get these games. It’s hard. It’s probably harder for Houston than it is for us. We had everything we needed here in our locker room. At the end of the day, it’s up in the air… No one took their eyes off what was in front of us, but I think we did well to respond and get a goal after the long delay. We kind of lost the game for part of the second half.
On the opening four minutes of the match…
It was the ugliest four minutes of soccer I’ve ever seen. That is for sure. Kellyn [Acosta] ‘megged someone. It was very… interesting… It looked like Under-8 level soccer. No one could get the ball off their foot. It was definitely entertaining.
On his save on Andrew Wenger at the beginning of the second half…
I was going to come out for the original ball, but I saw Walker [Zimmerman] sliding over. I stutter-stepped and let him make the play. [Will] Bruin cut back. He passed the ball across, and at that point I tried to stay big and take up as much of the goal as I could, and he hit it near me.
On keeping the home unbeaten streak alive…
This one feels more disappointing… It feels like two points lost rather than one point gained. We’ll have to try and find a way to get them back, whether it is on the road or in a different game. But this break will be good for us to get some guys healthy… To get some other guys back out on the field who have not had an opportunity yet. Hopefully, we can get our legs back a little bit. We have a big second half coming up with a couple more competitions coming into the mix. That is what we are built for… We are ready for it.
On the fans…
We appreciate everyone sticking around and cheering us on. It’s not easy for us, but it is harder for them. They’re out here cheering us on, giving us an edge to try and get some points. We really appreciate everyone sticking around and showing us their support.