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FC Dallas vs Montreal Impact: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

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All the facts from FCD’s fourth straight win.

FC Dallas picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday night as they downed the Montreal Impact 2-0.

FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…

We’re happy to get three points. That is important to do at home. The last two weeks, we’ve had a lot of games and traveling. Being able to advance in [the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup], being able to get six points away and get our points at home as well, I think it is remarkable for the players. We can sit here and dissect the game and talk about it but I need to start by congratulating our players who have done a remarkable job. They deserved the points today again.

On the flow of the game…

We looked sharp in the first half. We could have scored a few more goals with the chances that we had... In the second half, the ball was with Montreal more. We knew it. We started dragging a little. We made a few subs to balance our energy. We found ways to get behind them again and create some chances that could have extended the score. If there is an analysis, it is probably that we could have finished better or the precision of the passing could have been sharper. But once again, it is a… I know the effort that these guys have given in the last two weeks and getting the three points today was the assignment. On the break in league play due to the World Cup

The first thing we have to do in the next few days is rest some players – give them a break because they have been constantly working and traveling and playing. Our concentration now is on the U.S. Open Cup. It’s going to be the same routine. We’ll try to advance to the next round. It is important to us. We need to do that this week.

On the FC Dallas defense…

I felt that we kept growing throughout the game. I would like to have more control, after we recover the ball or if we counter, as we did numerous times today, be more affective in the box. That will create more room in the game for us to pass and control and manage. Defensively, the boys are doing a great job. They kept the zero against a team that was putting a lot of numbers up front in the final 20 minutes. We managed very well defensively tonight.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges

On going up two goals early and not pressing for more…

We just kept playing our game. The feeling was that the game was over after 20 minutes but it wasn’t. We have to fix that for the next game.

On the first goal being awarded after video review…

In those situations, you can see the referee and you know he is going to the video review. As players, we know what is going on. It’s pretty clear. We don’t know how the decision is being made but we know that they’re looking at it.

On the World Cup break…

Going into the break in first place in the West is a good thing for us. We’ve had some good results to get points on the road. Taking all three points at home is something we need to do more of. Getting four wins in a row is big for us going into this break.

On playing 90 minutes in the last two matches on Wednesday and tonight…

Tired. I’m always ready whenever Oscar [Pareja] needs me. I’ll be out there… I like playing. I don’t want to be sitting out all the time. It’s tough because in San Antonio it was 105 degrees. Two days later we are here doing the same thing so… living in Texas. It’s kind of how it is.

FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon

Thoughts on tonight’s match…

We played a great game. The first half we came out really strong. But as the half died down, so did we. Oscar kept telling us that that’s not us. We’re the team that keeps on pushing. They want to come slow. We got to overthrow that level. That’s FC Dallas. Oscar really pushed us in the second half to keep going and on the backline, to be strong and trust our forwards to put the ball in the back of the net. They did. The team overall is getting a rhythm.

Thoughts on appearing and starting every match…

It’s all part of the job. Most of the starters got a day off and they got rest. But I’m 19 and I don’t get that luxury. I just have to keep going. I can’t lie and say I’m not tired, but these games are an opportunity. You never know who is watching and you never know what’s going to happen in the games. Every game makes you better. I’m really grateful to be playing in all these games. And even though my body is being torn down, I think it’s building me up inside, so I just have to keep going.