FC Dallas picked up a big draw on the road this past weekend against New York City FC.
NYCFC – Tommy McNamara (Jack Harrison, Roland Matarrita) 8
DAL – Maxi Urruti (Mauro Rosales) 20
DAL – Michael Barrios (Mauro Rosales, Maxi Urruti) 52
NYCFC – Khiry Shelton (Jack Harrison) 78
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Ryan Hollingshead (Tesho 82), Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Maynor Figueroa, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Mauro Rosales (Victor Ulloa 60), Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti (Atiba Harris 85).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Norberto Paparatto, Juan Esteban Ortiz.
NYCFC – Josh Saunders, Ronald Matarrita, Jefferson Mena, Frederic Brilliant, RJ Allen (Khiry Shelton 63), Andoni Iraola, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard (Steven Mendoza 42), Thomas McNamara (Jason Hernandez 82), Jack Harrison, David Villa.
Substitutes Not Used: Mehdi Ballouchy, Erik Johansen, Mikey Lopez, Tony Taylor.
Misconduct Summary: NYCFC – RJ Allen (caution) 14DAL – Ryan Hollingshead (caution) 28
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 31
NYCFC – Roland Matarrita (caution) 53
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 73
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 88
Referee: Alan Kelly
AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Jason White; 4th: Carlos Rivero.
Weather: Clear, 73
Attendance: 25, 204
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…
Tonight was a great night for Major League Soccer. We saw two very good teams playing for the win and giving us all that they had and creating a lot of entertainment for the fans. Both teams played with a lot of intensity and desire. I think it is a step forward for the image we can give to the world.
I congratulate Patrick [Vieria] and my players, who gave us another great performance tonight. We could have come away with three points, but I have to say that we could have lost it too. We walk away with a point in a game that could have gave us more but it was a very good game.
On coming off the U.S. Open Cup Championship on Tuesday…
I walked into the locker room after the game and I saw people that were upset. They wanted three points. After the great achievement they had during the week… In the middle of the week they had to compete for a final. Today was a day where many people were curious to see us boning from a final, back to league play. It was a very emotional week. I thought the boys showed again their character and that their commitment is full.
I came into the locker room and everyone was upset. They just won a title. Three days ago, they were celebrating the club’s first title in 19 years. Tonight I found people that wanted more… More than a point on the road against the leader of the other conference… That is not a bad feeling.
Could you look ahead and see this as a potential MLS Cup Final?
I’d like to think so… People will come to watch performances like tonight with so many good players. It was difficult for me to stop our players from going for the win. I was asking them to close out the game with seven minutes to go and they wanted more. I know Patrick [Vieria] felt the same way because New York was not playing defensively. They were looking for the three points.
FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead
On the team’s mindset going forward…
We have our eyes set on a couple more trophies. At this stage a good game is huge for us. We had the lead at 2-1 so we thought we could just hold down and get three points. We also had a chance to win it at the end. Obviously, that is a little disappointing but also, it was a quick turnaround. Hard to come off a championship and immediately get back into league play. Ultimately, coming here, to a hard place to play and played well and showed our well. It is bittersweet for sure.
On keeping the same mentality as last week…
We know we’re a good team and can play with the best of them. Our idea going forward is to come out and play with everything that we have. We have to focus on what’s ahead of us. The message all week has been that good teams know how to bounce back, not just when things are going bad but also when things are going well.
On mindset after the first NYCFC goal…
Obviously when you are down a goal you have to start pushing and come up with something. It helped wake us up and play the way we wanted to.
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta
On the quick turnaround after a Tuesday match last week…
Everyone was excited to play in the final but we needed to turn around and get ready for the next game. Obviously it is difficult logistically to have two games in a week but the team was prepared for it. We worked hard in training. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get three points but we got an important point which we definitely need.
On his play over the last month…
I was excited to get called up [to the U.S. National Team]. It was a great opportunity, I thought I did a good job. But there are a lot of games and a lot of competition. There are a lot of players on the team that have international experience. I am just glad to have the opportunity to join both teams and hold up the trophy with my teammates. But we need to focus on the games going forward to first get in the playoffs but ultimately hold up the Supporter’s Shield. We are a little disappointed with the result today but we need to look forward and focus on getting better.