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FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats, and quote sheet

All the facts from Saturday’s disappointing draw.

FC Dallas picked up a rather disappointing 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…

In the second half there were patches where we looked good. We created some actions, but not with the frequency we usually have but we can’t complain about the chances we created. The team scored two good goals. We had chances to score a couple more with the goal open to decide the game but we ended up with that ending. I am very heartbroken for our players. I hope that we all learn from this and keep going.

On giving up two late goals…

We need to put aside the frustration we all have from the end of the game. It’s very important that we learn and gain maturity from this. We had chances that we need to finish. We finish and game over. As players and coaches those are things that we can learn and grow from.

On drawing matches at home…

The team keeps accumulating points, but drawing at home hurts, especially under these circumstances. We had a controlled result of 2-0, and then these events occurred at the end. That’s what hurt honestly, but like we’ve been saying, the team is still growing and getting points at home. We must get points on the road as well.

On the creativity of the team…

Throughout the match, the team looked much better with the possession of the ball. We had more creativity. I like it when the team plays high and tries to do those combinations in the final third of the field. I see a team with more ideas and it’s what makes me happy because we created more chances that should’ve been finished.In that we have progressed. We cannot eclipse what was done well. We have to get used to the way that this game is uncontrollable, but we’ve got to learn to take it.

On the play of Reggie Cannon

Reggie is growing tremendously. What a great goal. He is taking advantage of the opportunity. It was a very positive performance from Reggie today.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

On the penalty…

It’s brutal. It is a brutal ending for us. It was a game that we had completely controlled… and then it ends up, 2-2. It’s a tough one to take. We need to learn from this and move on. Luckily, we have a game Friday. We turn the page quick, learn from our mistakes and move forward.

On Vancouver’s first goal…

[It came] out of nothing. It was a controlled situation. [Anthony] Blondell just got off a toe poke. It was an awkward play. Maynor [Figueroa] didn’t have time to react. Unfortunately it hits off his knee and goes in. One of those really weird plays but it’s the end of the game. We need to be more focused. We need to learn from it and heighten our focus. That’s top to bottom, every one of us.

What can you take away from this game…

You take positives from it. We played well for 80 minutes, the chances we created, the way we played. We made some key mistakes that hopefully, we can learn from. Hopefully we learn and don’t repeat those mistakes. We got hit in the mouth today. Hopefully we learn to knock the other team out and not let them climb back in and get those hits on us.

FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon

Thoughts on scoring first MLS goal…

It felt great at the moment, but honestly doesn’t matter unless we get three points. At the end of the day, we’re not going to blame the federation and the refs for any missed calls or anything like that. At the end of the day, we’re responsible for what happened. We have to know how to shut out games, end them. Stupid mistakes, myself included. We just have to learn how to [close out] games. Thoughts on going up against Vancouver’s offense…

The key to getting out of the back was the fullbacks. Fullbacks are going to push high and it’s going to make Brek Shea and the other winger on their side work harder. They’re not used to defending in a five. Going one-on-one in the corner is what Oscar wanted. He wanted us to create that two-vs.-one situation… to create the uncomfortable situations that they are going to be in and we ended up doing that.

FC Dallas midfielder Santiago Mosquera

Thoughts on today’s game…

It was difficult for us. It’s complicated when we have the game in hand and they catch up. But, it’s time to fix our mistakes and focus on the next game, which will be an important road match. We hope to get a great result there to continue positively. We shouldn’t put our heads down. We need to be strong. It’s a long season that will teach us a lot. We need to be able to fix our mistakes. There will be more games where we can undo today. It’s not about was this a mistake or this? No, it’s about the whole game and we have to look ahead.