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FC Dallas vs FC Cincinnati: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

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All the facts from FC Dallas’ win over the expansion side.

FC Dallas picked up their second straight win on Saturday night as they downed FC Cincinnati 3-1.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

On his overall thoughts on the game…

Good feelings about this because Cincinnati has had a rough season. They are a new franchise, they have added a lot of new franchises to the league and those are the guys that are fighting for positions. Once upon a time, we were in that position and you have to respect that by being the best you can be, and by coming out and being our best. We have to always approach it that way, being the best, we have to beat the best. And it’s good to see some of our former teammates, Victor [Ulloa] and Roland [Lamah], they were going to come with purpose on the field and we needed to be ready for that motivation. I thought we started strong, we were composed, we scored a very strong first goal, we flattened out a bit at the end of the first half, and we let them back into the game. It could have cost us if they tied, but they didn’t. We talked at halftime about how we needed to push in the second half to score the next goal. I felt like we did that the right away. The PK was a transition moment and it was a fair call, but we managed our emotions and we fought for each other on the field. We showed some emotion but at the same time it was all with the right energy to get each other back. They got a red card that allowed us to control more of the ball at the end and our subs came in and gave us energy. We have to be steady, we can’t get too high or too low, we have to keep our eye on the prize, and now we have two weeks to prepare to go to Chicago and do something special there with another team fighting for the playoffs. We are going to miss our brothers on their national team call ups, but we want them to be the best they can be for the national team, whatever the age, we have U-17, U-20, U-23, we want them to be the best for the national team, so they can be the best for us.

On Ryan Hollingshead attacking from left back…

Ryan is right footed playing left back, so his natural tendency is to cut in, although he has a pretty good left foot, and he had a good assist last week with his left foot. We encourage him to be unpredictable and dynamic in the attack, coming inside and going outside, and today we had good combination on the inside and he had that beautiful right foot curling shot that beat the keeper. So yes, we encourage that and he rewarded himself by going forward. You look at a profile or an ideal profile and you say a right footed left back is not an ideal profile, but the way he is leading, and learning, performing, and helping his teammates, all of those things for me fulfill the right profile.

On Zdenek “The Cobra” Ondrasek’s hot streak…

Cobra has been supporting this team since preseason. He had a rough beginning of the season and he was not, for whatever reason, on the field or on gameday roster and that’s a process, but he never gave up. He has made some great adjustments in his development, in his press, in his movement. We have always seen his talent in the box, but he has developed outside the box. He has helped our build play, he is pressing, he can make good runs and he is just working, and it has earned him these opportunities. Whatever he is getting, he is earning and he is taking advantage with his play and even if he didn’t score tonight he did a lot of positive things. It’s just about taking steps and it is the beauty of life and football. You have to be ready and you don’t give up and he is a great example for our club and all our players.

On Reggie Cannon’s defensive work and busy night…

He did have a tough task. With their wingers, [Emmanuel] Ledesma, [Kekuta] Manneh, I know [Darren] Mattocks didn’t play, we were kind of surprised by that, Mattocks is a speed player but Manneh has a lot of pace, and he can run at you. [Roland] Lamah, Reggie trained with his all last year and faced him all last year, so it was a really good challenge for Reggie and he had a busy night. At the same time, he got forward and had some good service, and he worked hard to let Michael [Barrios] stretch the field and be creative. Reggie and [Michael Barrios] have developed a good relationship and we encourage that not just defensively sound but to make sure we get forward and provide service on two of the three goals.

On the style of play FC Dallas is adapting to…

So whether it is a build from our own goal, or a press, or a press from the midblock, we want to play with tempo. We want to move the ball and we want to have a purpose. We want to have players between lines and find gaps and we need to find them. We can be dangerous with wide play or switches and players reading the spaces and reading the lines. We worked a lot on some fundamental things and patterns, and to do those things and the team has been open and been trying, and they were able to do some positive things in that, in those concepts.

On Jesus Ferreira’s transition to the midfield…

Jesus is very calm on the ball, very aware. He is a good 360 player. When he receives the ball, he can kill it and then rotate his body and almost take a peripheral of the field. He can connect short or connect long. He has improved on his last pass and he is really developing his last pass. We are encouraging that he takes that risk, and look forward, and find that sweet spot for him to make those passes. We don’t want to force it and lose it, but he is very good connecting in short passes and combos, and now we want him to improve his final pass, and he was able to do that in a beautiful ball tonight that opened the scoring in the second half.

FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios

On FC Dallas’ attack after scoring 16 goals in the past three games…

We worked on defining [the attack] all week because that’s what will give us three points. We know if we improve our attack it will help us in the long run and thankfully, we have seen that in the past few games. It fills our forwards with confidence, the technical staff and the team as well to know that we can score any amount of goals in any game. The most important thing is to remain calm and enjoy this win and the three points and to continue working.

On his relationship with Cobra and how it helped that third goal…

We know that verbally it is a bit difficult because we speak different languages, but day-by-day we get to know each other more. We’ve been working with each other for some time now and we perfect our movements each training. And so during a match, that is what is important, that we are finding each other. Not only with him but the entire team, and that’s what helps us.

On his four goals this season…

Yes thank God this is the second consecutive game that I have scored. It’s my fourth goal of the season. Like you said, even though I assist my teammates, I also score goals, so it fills me with confidence. It fills me with happiness. We know that in the beginning I was not scoring, so the most important thing is to keep working and marking the scoreboard.

FC Dallas forward Zdenek “The Cobra” Ondrasek..

On what the last few games have been like with goals in the last three games…

It has been beautiful, I played the most minutes since I came here so I’m happy. I know that I would be even better if I played more in the past months, but I didn’t so that’s the past. I have to prepare myself now. I have to play. I am happy the guys pass me the (and) ball I score. Today I’m a little bit disappointed because it’s too many challenges for one goal. Of course, I am happy, three points, one goal at least. We take the three points because they’re very important for us. Now it’s the break, so we work hard and get ready for Chicago.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez

Overall thoughts on the match...The team did a great job out there. I give a lot of credit to the team. You know, they’ve been working hard this week and thankfully we got the three points today.

On the recent offensive outburst of 16 goals in the last five games...

It’s just the training sessions throughout the week. It shows during the game. The back four have done a great job as well. Gotta give credit to the offense but always look at and give credit to the people back there.

On Ryan Hollingshead’s importance to the team and him being the highest scoring defender in MLS...

It’s been great. All years he’s been in Dallas, he’s done a great job. He’s a great fullback. He goes up and down the field he works his butt off. I think deserves all those goals he has.