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FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the fun facts from the win over Chicago.

FC Dallas remained at the top of the standings following their 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Scoring Summary:
DAL: Maxi Urruti (Fabian Castillo) 23
DAL: Mauro Diaz (Kellyn Acosta) 41
CHI: Arturo Alvarez 90
DAL: Mauro Rosales (Fabian Castillo) 90

FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead , Matt Hedges, Aubrey David, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo (Victor Ulloa 84), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales 74), Maxi Urruti (Tesho Akindele 79).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Aaron Guillen, Carlos Lizarazo, Coy Craft.

Chicago Fire – Matt Lampson, Joao Meira, Michale Harrington, Rodrigo Ramos, Johan Kappelhof, Michael Stephens (Arturo Alvarez 74), Matt Polster (Khaly Thiam 46), John Goossens, Nick LaBrocca, Michael de Leeuw, Kennedy Igboananike (Razvan Cocis 69).

Substitutes Not Used: Brandon Vincent, Eric Gehrig, Alex Morrell, Patrick McLain.

Misconduct Summary: 

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
AR1 (bench):
Kevin Klinger; AR2 (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Clear, 91
Attendance: 13, 942


FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
On tonight's game...
We're coming off a long trip, just getting the three points today was obviously most important, but also there were parts of the game where we were seeing good soccer. Today the boys performed very well, and that's a great achievement for them. We keep adding points, being strong at home and bouncing back. It gives us a different spirit toward what we want in the next (US Open) Cup game against Houston. First half, I thought the first 15 minutes we couldn't find a rhythm, but after that, we did, and then we started putting the things together. In the second half there were times we gave them the ball, but we were strong in transition and the boys ended up having a very good game.

On the importance of keeping players fresh for the hectic upcoming schedule...
It's very important, especially when we are doing the planning for the last two weeks and traveling to San Jose and Seattle, playing on turf and knowing that two days after we needed to be on the pitch playing a very important game. Also, knowing this week is going to be very hectic so it is important when we can rest some of the guys. We tried to do it, and sometimes it differs in the chemistry, but on the other side the opportunity for these guys to get into the team and feel important and part of this.

On the short turnaround from the loss at Seattle to preparing for tonight's game...
I'm going to be honest, it's happened three times, and if I count the game against Vancouver, four, where we go in and have a very bad result, but I don't have any doubts about the spirit of this team. We're young, and I support these guys because I know the effort they put in on the training ground. We need to be more mature and avoid all those collapses, but at the same time I have to say this week wasn't difficult for me because I know this group. They know where we are, and I was pretty sure we would take the opportunity to bounce back, get a result, and the boys did it.

On if he has grown accustomed to the amazing goals his team scores…
You never get accustomed to those things. You always are expecting them to do something like that, especially with the talent these guys have, but I'm pleased for the collective effort. They know that individually they are great soccer players. We are blessed to have them here in Dallas, but I'm always surprised more in what they do as a team because that’s what takes us to where we want. It was an excellent night for the guys. They practice hard to provide everyone in the stadium those marvelous goals.

FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Rosales
On his goal…
Chicago was not as sharp as they were at the beginning of the game. I was coming in fresh. I tried to squeeze into the tactics late. On the play, Fabi [Castillo] saw me coming from behind [with my late run]. We were talking about that ball during the week in training. I tried to get there and the rest was due to the great delivery. I just had to put it in the back of the net.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez
General thoughts on the match…
It’s always good to be back on the field. Thanks to the team for going out there and preforming well.

On having two No. 1 goalkeepers…
On any team it is good to have two goalkeepers that go out there every day and challenge each other. It helps me. It helps [Chris Seitz]. He has helped me out a lot. I’m helping him out too. We have a great relationship. 

On getting a result after a tough loss on Wednesday…
It’s always good to be able to bounce back quickly like we did and leave that gave behind us. We have a lot of matches coming up. As long as we keep doing what we have been this season, we will get the results we need.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
General thoughts on the match…
I thought it was good. Chicago came out and pressured us a little bit at the beginning. We settled in after the first 20 minutes or so. We started playing our game. It was disappointing to give up a late goal like that. I’m glad we were able to get one right back. 

On the supporters’ paying tribute to the Dallas police officers with five minutes of silence…
Yes, I noticed it. It’s great that our fans do those kinds of things to commemorate those people who suffered a horrible tragedy. I remember them doing it last week for Orlando and now for the police officers… I think it is great that our fans do those kinds of things. When our fans come together like that, you want to go out there and give them a great performance. 

On Dallas’ match against Houston in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday…
We hope to go down there and have a much better performance than we did last time. We’re looking forward to it. In Open Cup, we’ve been close for a couple years. We want to get to the finals. We want to win it.