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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats, and quote sheet

All the details from FC Dallas’ season opening draw with Colorado.

FC Dallas opened up the 2021 season with a scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez

Thoughts on the game, particularly the attacking side of the ball...

We generated interesting opportunities. I thought we had some crosses with some potential to put away that we didn’t put past (Colorado goalkeeper William) Yarbrough. We got to have more volume. We got to keep working on more conviction to kill, to have a killer instinct. We have all the potential there.

I think Freddy (Vargas) and Jader (Obrian), for their first game, showed what their potential is but they’re still adapting, still learning what’s required of them in the team and the league. I’m confident with continued work in pushing each other in the training and, like I said, them adapting, I believe they can keep being more dangerous so that’s what we got to work on.

I thought we had good control of the game. We had good occupation of space, good structure, good possession but we got to reward ourselves in that last third because at the end of the day wins are going to come with goals.

On Jimmy Maurer’s Performance...

Fantastic by Jimmy. He’s doing what he does best - his consistency. He had a really good preseason. I know he’s a veteran player but he continues to grow and develop and be coachable and that’s why I’m not surprised by the performance he had. We need that from Jimmy, home and away, to earn points.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

On his overall thought on the game and his own performance…

I felt good individually. At the same time, we’re all frustrated to not get a win at home and the three points. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively. And that’s why I had to make a few saves. But the season’s young, we’ll get back to work on Monday and start figuring out how to make it better.

There were a lot of positives at the same time. We all fought hard and one point to start the season is better than none so we’ll take the positives with the negatives and keep moving forward.

On how to keep their defensive momentum after getting a clean sheet…

It’s just details at this level. We like to defend from the top and our timing was a little separated in our lines, (and) that led to them being able to play out and break us down. There were some great individual plays from the guys in front of me to help keep that zero, so we’ll take that. But in terms of our full team shape and getting better towards next week, it’s just the timing and being on the same page to close those gaps. If we’re going to go and press, we need to all go together and we can’t be going with two or three guys and then having a gap. Just working on those timings and little details will go a long way.

Forward Franco Jara On his new assignments as a striker...

What each striker always has to have is a scoring opportunity and to be 100% in the box to bring those situations. There are times when the team needs everyone’s help. Obviously, it becomes more difficult to be able to reach the opponent’s goal when you are far behind from where you normally play. But I think it is a good moment, it is the first game of the year, the team will gradually pick up the pace and hopefully, God wants us to find that way of playing that we are looking for that is what we work for.

On his missed opportunity...

The truth is that I am very angry, but it’s part of soccer. We know that these things can happen. We will work all week to correct these mistakes, personally, I will work to be more effective when a goal situation comes across me. As I mentioned before, this is just the beginning and we have to be calm about it.