DAL: Kellyn Acosta (Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz) 56
DAL: Maxi Urruti (Atiba Harris) 59
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Ryan Hollingshead, Mauro Diaz (Mauro Rosales 85), Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 73), Maxi Urruti (Carlos Lizarazo 84).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Victor Ulloa, Aubrey David, Juan Esteban Ortiz.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – David Ousted, Cole Seiler, Tim Parker, Andrew Jacobson, Kendall Waston, Pedro Morales (Cristian Techera 73), Christian Bolanos, Matias Laba, Masato Kudo (Erik Hurtado 64), Blas Perez (Nicolas Mezquida 64).
Substitutes Not Used: David Edgar, Fraser Aird, Alphonso Davies, Paolo Tornaghi.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Kermit Quisenberry; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal.
Weather: Sunny, 99
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the game…
These were good points for us. Adding three points in the standings is very important to us. The players got a great result at a difficult time. The superiority and the dominance that I saw during the game made me feel very pleased. Once again, it's always a prize for those guys when they work hard enough and keep pushing for what they want.
We wanted to pressure them and create options to see if we could solve the game early. We knew that Vancouver would have difficulties coming back into the game, especially with the heat, and while we could not score, we created six options to score. In the second half, we asked the team to have more urgency in the back, and in 15 minutes the boys resolved the game. After that, I thought it was just about managing the tempo.
On Fabian Castillo transfer talk…
I want to talk a little bit about it, so everybody's clear. You know this club and every one of the members of this club wants to win trophies. That's why we're here. When I committed to this program, I had it in my head all the time that it was not just about making the playoffs, but (about) winning trophies. (Championships are) what we want to give to our fans and our community the most. We are trying to do everything possible to (win).. Regarding Fabian (Castillo), I know there has been a lot of speculation. There is a lot of news and tweets and pictures, and a lot of stuff, which is not rare. It's normal with a player with that capacity, and a player that is feeling wanted around the world. So, I don't find that rare. At the same time, I want you to know that there has not been an agreement between the clubs, and I expect to have Fabian back and into our training. That's what we want. He's very welcomed and very loved here in this community and this team. We always want the best for Fabian, always the best for him. You know that I love him like my son, and I will do everything that's possible to keep helping him to be the player that he wants to be. At this moment we are just thinking about Real Esteli, and then we will think about the Open Cup, Semifinal and then we will wait for Kansas City, and I will train these guys. Fabian should be back, and we will wait, but first - team. The team is first and that is my priority.
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta
On his goal…
I just thought I was in a good spot. The ball happened to pop through to me, and I tried to finish it in the far corner. Luckily, [David Ousted] over ran it a little bit, and it went in, but I guess a goal is a goal. I’m happy with it. I’m glad I was able to pick the team up.
On playing in the heat…
I think it affected the game on both sides of the ball. The game started to open up there in the second half. There were a lot of heavy legs. Everyone was pretty tired. It was a hot day. Texas is tough, especially playing at the earlier kickoff time. It was tough on both teams, but we got the job done. We had a lot of chances and we were able to capitalize on a couple of them.
On preparing for his first match in CONCACAF Champions’ League on Thursday, Aug. 4…
I’m excited. I’ve never played in a competition like it before. It should be a good experience for all of us. A lot of guys are itching to play and get some minutes. Times in the season like this, everyone needs to be ready to step up. Everyone is excited about it, and, hopefully, we can get the result we need on Thursday.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz
On his seventh shutout of the season…
The guys in front of me put a lot of work in today. We were able to gain another three points, stay on top of the leaderboard and just continue to play well. We’re happy, but we get another one on Thursday.
FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges
On the heat…
These midday games are tough. You could see about 30 minutes into the game a couple of guys were gassed. At that point, we started pushing and we were able to create a lot of chances.
Thoughts on playing against Real Esteli in CONCACAF Champions’ League play on Thursday…
We talked a little bit about what can we expect out of them, but we have yet to see any video. We’ll figure out how we want to approach that game.
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson
On tonight's game...
I think the game plan in the first half worked because they weren't able to score and break the deadlock, and we know it's always a difficult place to come. We knew that conditions today were extremely hot, same for both teams, but they're probably more used to it than us, so we wanted to be in the game at halftime, and we were. Disappointing thing in the second half is within two minutes they manage to get in goal, and deservedly so. Let me say that. Sometimes you can gloss over things, I don't do that. They were the better team. The deserved to win the game today, so credit to them. There's a reason why they've gone 18, 19 games unbeaten at home, so Oscar deserves a lot of credit for that.
On preparing for the heat...
Pray (laughter). I stood on the sideline and I was sweating, and I don't have to run for 90 minutes or perform at those levels. I can ask if it was safe because the players become more important, but I think Dallas handled the conditions better than us. When you train in it every day, then you get more used to it than our guys, and it's not like that in Vancouver. It is what it is. No excuse. We were beaten today, but we will move on.