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FC Dallas vs Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FC Dallas’ win over Minnesota.

FC Dallas picked up their 200th home win in Major League Soccer on Saturday night against Minnesota in a 2-0 decision.

Head Coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…

Our players showed a lot of professionalism in the performance, just getting the three points. It was a very solid performance that put us three points closer to our objectives. I’m very content with seeing the new players adapt to our team, so a lot of positives. Overall in the game, we had a very complete performance. It was very steady, just keeping the score at zero, we didn’t concede goals and we probably could have scored a couple more. It showed the seriousness of our players today—very content with that. It wasn’t easy for them (the players). They were ready to get on the field and it kept getting delayed 30 minutes more and 30 minutes more. The professionalism on the field showed from the beginning, and they were committed to the game. For us (coaches) it’s easy, to be honest, with this group of players. It’s an honor to coach them—the commitment that they have, has been remarkable.

On reaching 200 Home Wins for the club…

The club is great. There’s a lot of history already at this club. It’s a night where we have to remember many people who have been involved with this project. We got many things together in this beautiful building: the people staying in the stands tonight and staying for so long—showing the commitment coming from them. The 200 victories, the boys enjoyed many things that are happening with this club. Hopefully we can do much more. That’s what we’ll keep fighting for.

On Pablo Aranguiz’s debut…

He has shown a lot of personality and character. He’s composed with the ball, and at age 21, that’s not easy to find. The club has done a great deal, bringing him here and we all appreciate that. He’s a young player and he could have gone somewhere else and he chose, not only Major League Soccer, but he chose Dallas to come to and perform and be part of this project. Today was a good demonstration of what he’s capable of doing. He’s much more than that. Slowly, he’s going to get it. The players are very content with him and so are we—the coaches.

On the tactical set up of Aranguiz…

Tonight, he played as a false-winger. In that position he can have more freedom, but at the same time he can glue our players and have the connections that we want—rather than the whole team giving him the ball and putting it all on his shoulders.

On reaching 100 coaching victories…

I’m very honored and happy, but you know me… I want to take it one game at a time. This one is over and now we need to move to the next one. I don’t like to keep dwelling on the negatives or the positives—we have to keep going. That’s the compromise we have as professionals. Anyway, I would like to share this joy with you all—having been part of this project here with the club and with the team. It’s good. It’s good to win but we will put our feet on the ground and keep grinding as always.

FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa

Thoughts on tonight’s match…

The delay was worth the wait. We never lost concentration. We never lost focus of our objective. At the end of the night, we played a great game and we got a win. It’s my mother’s birthday and my son’s birthday. I’m happy for the goal. I am happy for the three points. I am happy I was able to help out my teammates. We’re going to keep fighting and whoever plays gives their best to the team.

Thoughts on Oscar Pareja’s 100th career win as a coach…

I am very happy for him. Congratulations to him. He’s a great coach who is making history with this franchise. He wants to win game after game and he’s instilled that in everyone and has touched all his players and technical staff.

FC Dallas midfielder Pablo Aranguiz

Thoughts on starting at home…

I am very happy to make my first start at home. I am happy for the three points, for how we played as a team and individually.

Thoughts on a historic night for the team and Oscar Pareja…

You could say that I arrived at the right time. I helped where I could. Very happy for coach’s 100th MLS win and 200th home win for the franchise. I’m part of that game. I hope I continue to contribute to the team to get more team milestones.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

On getting his first start since May 19…

It was great to be back on the field. That is what each of us work day in and day out for… Getting to play on the weekends is the reward. I had a buddy that I used to play with tell me that ‘we get paid to work Monday through Friday and then the coach rewards you with the games.’

I was extremely happy to step on the field again tonight. It wasn’t ideal, having to wait around for a long time. We went through most of our pregame routine and then had to stop but it was great to get back out there. It shows how solid we are as a team this year, to be able to perform like that after waiting around. We were able to stay professional and keep mentally focused after the wait.

On the rain delay…

[Staying focused] starts with the coaches. They kept a good vibe of keeping us relaxed and ready. We had a little fun in here, played some games, stayed relaxed during the early stages of the delay and as it got closer, we started to get focused. We started talking about the little things, the tactical things we needed to do in the game.

On the milestones Oscar Pareja, Matt Hedges and FC Dallas achieved tonight…

Two incredible leaders in two, very different ways. Matt is a really quiet guy but he leads by just how consistent he is, how reliable he is… He is Mr. Steady, Mr. Consistent. Oscar is the brains behind everything. He is the motivation behind everything. He pushes us to our limits and gets on our nerves at times but he really pushes us until he gets the best out of us and that shows.