FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez
Overall thoughts on today’s match...Credit to the Houston Dynamo, congrats to them and Wilmer [Cabrera]. It’s a good team. I thought the first half we were a little reactive. We tried to play, but we gave the ball up in transition and Houston’s dangerous, they showed that. I thought the second half we were much better. We controlled the game, got more on the ball, dictated more of the tempo, created more. Still, Houston is going to be dangerous on the counter, and they showed that. Being down 2-0 is tough, but I have to give credit to our boys because they fought till the end. To get the 2-1 and to push for the tying goal. Which I’m still learning the rules. The goal was not offside, apparently the call was a foul. It was reviewed by VAR. I still have to learn these things. I don’t know why it wasn’t reviewed in VAR. It’s a game-tying goal. That’s the process. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t. I like how the boys responded. We got back to our football, to connect and to try and dictate the game. Congrats to Houston, we’re going to move forward and be hungry for the next opportunity.
On having Dominique Badji and Santiago Mosquera making an impact in the second half...Those are guy who have been slowly getting back to their top form and rhythm. Last week, they weren’t fully 100 percent, but this week they showed steps in the right direction. I’m really thankful they got to come in and make an impact. They showed hunger and it’s good to have those pieces back.
On player’s stepping in while Paxton Pomykal recovers from injury...Paxton’s an important player to us. He’s hard to replace. He’s getting healthy and other guys are stepping in. I thought Pablo [Aránguiz] in the midfield did a good job and had that creativity that we need as a team. Next week we’ll keep looking to see who’s going to step up.
On the team’s process so far...You said an important word, process. For me, in this field, we are at war every week to win points. I believe in the process. I really liked the passes the team did today. Sadly, we didn’t win points today, but I know we are going to win points today with the mentality of the team.
On the fans that came to the game...It’s the reason we do what we do. To have the opportunity to play in front of the fans, in front of a lot of passion. Thanks to all the FC Dallas fans that came down for the game.
FC Dallas defender Reto Ziegler
On the loss today in Houston...We lost too many important balls to win a derby. We didn’t win enough duels to win a derby. Yes, we showed a better reaction in the second half. When you see the performance in the second half [it shows] we really deserved to get a draw.
On Dominique Badji and Santiago Mosquera coming in and giving FC Dallas a goal...The subs did really well. Santiago [Mosquera] came in and provoked one against one, and Dom [Badji] came in front and kicked the goal for us and you saw the difference.
FC Dallas midfielder Bryan Acosta
On today’s match...A game of two halves. The first half we weren’t precise with our passes and we lost the ball. In the second half, we changed our dynamic and we didn’t deserve to lose, but that’s how soccer goes. We have to take advantage of the opportunities and Houston was able to take advantage of two chances.
On playing against National Team teammate Maynor Figueroa...It’s a special moment, and to be honest, it was a special game for us and for Honduran fans to play against a teammate. Aside from sharing a locker room at the national level, we are rivals in this league. It was a nice moment to share with him today.
FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios
On today’s match...It was a game we clearly wanted to win. We know it was more than just a league game, it was a derby. You play a derby to win. We knew that. Unfortunately, it was a defeat for us. We hope to keep working and thinking about what’s coming. Now we have to put this into the next home game for us which we know will not be easy.”
On playing against against former teammate Maynor Figueroa...First of all, I’m happy to see him again. We know he’s a legend during his time in Honduras. He’s a respectable person, but we know that we are rivals on the field, practically enemies. Outside, we are friends and made a great friendship. That’s is the most important, making friends out of the sport. There was a play where I hit him and got a yellow card. He’s a player that will hit you back and even stronger sometimes. You have to be ready for that. We aren’t friends during the game, we are rivals. Each of us defend our jersey and our job. We are big in professionalism. Things like today happen during games, but outside it’s all hugs and laughs. We know we can’t lose that.
On his performance in today’s match...Yes, situations like those happen. Sometimes there’s times when you feel more accompanied. I give thanks to God for my performance always. I have a big role on the team. We need to keep working hard. We know that you learn the most from errors and defeats. We’ll be able to be together in the next games as a family. We’ll continue to fight for what we want, which is to maintain our spot in the top of the standings.
On the new process starting for FC Dallas...Yes, it’s a process that might take some time. I don’t think we’ve been able to do exactly what the coach and the team want in such a short time. We need to continue to work day-by-day for what is next. We know it’s not easy, but we all have the enthusiasm and the willingness to fight for what we want, which is the title.