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FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

Yeah, it was pretty bad.

MLS: FC Dallas at Chicago Fire Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas stumbled on the road Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

On how to put the result behind them…

We’re all disappointed. Very disappointed. I thought we had a pretty good week of preparation. It’s not easy missing over nine guys on international duty at different age groups, but no excuses. We have to be better. Firs thing, I have to say sorry to our fans. Very disappointed. We let our fans down and we feel it. It hurts. So we have accept it, we have to own it, but there’s some I know about this group is that they respond. We’ve got a quick turnover in Seattle and what better opportunity than to go over there and to channel everything that we’re learning here in the hurt, to bouncing back at the next opportunity.

On the quick turnaround…

We have to. That’s life, that’s soccer, that’s the moment we’re in. If there’s anything I know about this group is that they’re up for it.

On what he’s looking for from the team in response…

Obviously, we were opened up defensively today. Chicago took advantage of that and we didn’t get ourselves even when we were down 1-0, 2-0, we didn’t reorganize to kind of bunker a little bit and find some defensive solidity. And then we were chasing the game the second half. Second half we responded better but Chicago wasn’t exactly going for it second half, so it was the nature of the game. So again, very disappointing. This is not what we came here to do. Credit to Chicago, they did well, they did their part. But this is probably, for me as a coach, my biggest lesson. This is my biggest lesson. This is my staff’s biggest lesson. I know that this is the players’ biggest lesson. We’re going to learn a lot from this to be better in the next opportunity.

On watching other results from the Western Conference…

Yeah, it’s tight, it’s tight. We can’t depend on other results if they go our way or not. It is what it is, we have to be steady and take care of our business—control our business. That’s what we’re up against and we want to take the next step and try to win the next moment.

FC Dallas midfielder Santiago Mosquera

On what the team has to do to prepare for Seattle on Wednesday…We need to rest well. We know it’s a game where people are angry, but we have to lift our heads up because we only have a few days to recover and we already have a definitive match against Seattle. We need to try to improve things internally, get strong and see how we can turn this situation around to find ourselves in the playoffs.

On coming back from injury after missing a few matches

Difficult, it’s always difficult. But one has to be as strong as possible on and off the field following an injury. I am nothing but grateful to God to have the chance to enter the game. It wasn’t the best because we already had an adverse result, but I’m feeling better. We’re ready for the next match.

FC Dallas midfielder Edwin Cerrillo

On starting for the first time since June…

I felt good. I’m thankful or the opportunity that I was given again. It’s been like two months since I haven’t played. Playing with the second team really boosted my confidence to go out there and be ready. We didn’t get the result we wanted, there’s a lot of stuff to learn, but just thankful to be out there on the field again.

On the quick turnaround…

A lot of us are going to say we’re going to put this game behind us, but we still have to look at the video and learn from our mistakes. We know there’s a quick turnaround from here to Wednesday. We have to have the right mentality to learn from this game but also put it behind us and look forward for the next opportunity.

On if international break affected the slow start vs. Chicago…

First, I think it’s done a lot of good for the guys to learn from their opportunities with the national team. We were gone for about 10 days, but it’s not an excuse. We had two or three days for us to regroup and come play today. Overall, we were happy with the opportunity we were given with the national team, but it could’ve played a factor. We’re not using that as an excuse.