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FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FCD’s season opening win.

FC Dallas opened the season with a strong performance in their 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

Oscar Pareja on his team’s performance…

“The first half they were very sharp. I can say this was probably one of the best first halves I have had with this group. They looked fresh. They looked convinced about what they were able to do. In the second half, they started feeling the trip, though, and that was normal but they held it and we were good.”

On Kellyn Acosta…

“Kellyn’s role and his development have been changed a few times. Being a box-to-box player at a high level has a lot of requirements and a lot of stuff that needs to be accomplished. Kellyn is understanding it more and then he’s putting all of his talent, his physical and mental conditioning into that role. I think the dots have been more connected for Kellyn. I’m happy to see him grow.”

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta

On the win…

“It was a tough game, a long one for sure but the boys rallied, we finished it off. It’s good to win away. I know we’re excited and happy about that to start off the season well.

On winning in LA in for the first time since 2009…

“We have a lot of opportunities to prove ourselves and today was one of them. The guys did a tremendous job from beginning to end.”

On Oscar Pareja saying that he understands his position more…

“Playing more games, becoming more comfortable in that area, I understand the relationship between me and Carlos [Gruezo] better. My teammates have been finding me good spots and I’ve been trying to work hard for them. They’re working hard for me. I think overall team chemistry is just where it needs to be. I think each and every game we’re just getting better and more acclimated to each other.”

FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges

On winning and getting FC Dallas’ first victory in LA since 2009…

“Great. Great result for us coming off a midweek game. I know it’s tough to get back up for these types of games but especially on the road it’s huge for us.

The first game of the season gives you a little bit of a boost to get that energy in the first half. I think we had a sluggish period, kind of, in the middle of the half but other than that I thought we did well coming out.”