The rubber match between FC Dallas and San Jose finally saw a victor as FCD got the lone goal to extend their winning streak.
DAL: Maxi Urruti 51
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz (Victor Ulloa 78), Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 84), Maxi Urruti (Ryan Hollingshead 73).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Aaron Guillen, Carlos Lizarazo.
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham, Cordell Cato, Victor Bernardez (Chad Barrett 77), Marvell Wynne (Jordan Stewart 58), Shaun Francis, Alberto Quintero, Anibal Godoy, Matheus Dawkins, Shea Salinas (Matias Perez Garcia 62), Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa.
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Tarbell, Andres Imperiale, Tommy Thompson, Innocent.
SJ – Alberto Quintero (caution) 29
DAL – Matt Hedges (caution) 31
SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 60
DAL – Mauro Diaz (caution) 61
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution) 72
Referee: Juan Guzman
AR1 (bench): Mike Kampmeinert; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Clear, 73
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the game:
"I thought it was a very good game. We saw a lot of soccer there indeed, a lot of good players on the field. We had a lot of chances and that pleased us. I thought it was one of those games where you can find it earlier but that’s the way. Most significant for us is just to keep things solid in the back and just keep being solid. We beat a very good team today and these points are very valuable."
On Maximiliano Urruti scoring for the first time since March and how he hasn’t scored much but the goals have been impactful:
"You’re right. Maxi’s goal today it means a lot, not just for the team, but just for him to come on and be part of scoring a goal and give us the points. What I’m reminded from Maxi all the time is the hard work he puts in the field and the number of options that he creates and the team creates for him. We’re patient and we know that he’s going to score many more goals. Today was one and that was enough to get the three points. We were very happy for him and for the whole team. Like I said, we created a lot of chances. I thought we deserved more goals but also we respect the opponent. It’s a very difficult place to play and just being solid in the back and getting these points for us is more than enough."
On if there was anything he said to Urruti when he came over to celebrate:
"What happened is that during the last games he has worked hard but he hasn’t found the net and we’re talking all the time. I said you have to be patient. We’re patient. You’re the number nine here and you’re going to score goals and I think that was probably one of the moments where we just get excited about the same topic. It was a great moment for him and I know his teammates thought the same."
On any adjustments they made at the half:
"Listen, in the first half we controlled them, especially in the first 15-20 minutes. I thought it was our best moment in the game. We created options. We looked patient. We moved the ball very well and it seemed to us that we had control of the game, but after that we started pushing the line way too high and then San Jose started getting in behind so that was one of the topics that we wanted to correct at halftime. Just be solid in the back. We’re going to score goals. We’re going to control the middle, but we have to be solid so just that adjustment to the back four and the two and that helped us. I saw it in the second half. Second half was much more solid."
FC Dallas Forward Maximiliano Urruti
On what it meant to score his first league goal since March:
"Very important because a forward lives on goals and that gives me more energy, more motivation going forward."
On if he had a bicycle kick in mind after Marvell Wynne made contact with the ball:
"I knew that was the only thing I could do at that point with the ball coming that way. It was the only way to get the ball and I knew that I had my back to the goal so I felt it was the only thing I could do at that point and luckily I hit it well and it went in."
On what he said to Oscar Pareja when they celebrated and what the feeling of the moment was:
"That he’s a very special person. He gives me a lot of love, a lot of love to the team, me in particular. He always gives me a lot of motivation. He always talks to me. Makes me feel good. Makes me start. He keeps telling me the goal is coming, not to worry about, so I just wanted to celebrate that moment with him because he deserves it."
FC Dallas Defender Walker Zimmerman
On how it felt to come out with three points today:
"It was huge. Anytime you play on the road in this league, it’s tough to walk away with a win and so to do so with getting a shutout, we’re really, really happy with the result."
On Maximiliano Urruti’s bicycle kick goal:
"It was great. We’re fortunate enough to see Maxi do that all the time in training. It was good for him to be able to score that goal and give us some energy to close out the game."
On the celebration after the goal and it being a long time coming since he hasn’t scored since March:
"Definitely. He’s had a lot of really good chances I think that he would tell you that he should’ve put away. To see him rebound and to do it in the game where we really needed the points was huge and hats off to him."
On the scoreless streak the defense has maintained:
"We’re just so excited. We love playing with each other. We love trying to grab the shutouts and that’s the goal every game to obviously not get scored on. For us to have that streak that’s starting to develop, it’s great. We have the chemistry working. We have the desire and the mentality that no one is going to score on us and that’s what you have to have. We’re really happy with it and we hope to keep it going."
On the save by goalkeeper Chris Seitz in the first half:
"Yeah in the first half it was a great save from Seitz. Just being in a great position to where the ball just kind of struck him. That’s the save that we need. The goalie has to come up big one or two times a game and that one certainly kept us in it and allowed us to keep a shutout."