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FC Dallas vs New England Revolution: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from Sunday’s big win.

FC Dallas picked up a big win on Sunday evening as they downed the Eastern Conference leaders, New England Revolution 2-1.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

General thoughts on the match…

They’re dangerous in transition. Vertically, they have fast wingers and outside backs that push forward. We knew it was going to be a huge challenge and a hard challenge. I thought we did set the tone at the beginning and we matched them in certain ways. We created some chances first. Then, they got back into the game with a fast attack transition. I don’t think we took our foot off the pedal, I thought we actually responded well. We created a good chance with Jesús before the half. I didn’t feel there was any shift in momentum, it was just both teams trying to push at each other and figure each other out. Second half, we continued to try and turn their back line, put balls in behind and make runs in behind synchronized. Not all of the three but one or two at a time, checking and supporting whatever the success was with the ball through.

On Ricardo Pepi and the strikers...

Pepi, a young player, but he showed he can play big when he needs to. I’m really proud of him and I think it’s his first two-goal game at this level and it’s another start for him. That’s credit honestly to all of our nines competing with each other. I’m going to say that yesterday Franco (Jara), in training, was very competitive and supportive. That’s what it’s going to take, that collective support. The chip on your shoulder and competitiveness that you are not getting the start, but also being ready. Jara came in and helped us win the game. Maybe not in his traditional role because he had to help us defend, and his experience, helps us win games.

FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi

On how he feels after scoring his first MLS brace…

“It’s a great feeling. I feel like this was needed for the team. FIrst I want to thank Jesús (Ferreira) and Ryan (Hollingshead), they did most of the job (for his goals) and the team did too, I just had to put it away. But it’s a great feeling, the team needed it and we’ll keep going forward.”

On why he subbed out after his second goal…

“Honestly I feel like that last play was my last fuel in the tank. I was starting to cramp up and couldn’t run anymore and there’s always players ready on the bench to come in for me and I knew they’d do well so I wasn’t worried about coming out.”

On if he sets goals for himself...

“In my head, I just put that I want to play well, I want to play well for the team. If I’m going to score it’s going to come by itself if I’m playing well. I feel like just playing well is going to bring everything naturally.”

FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira

On how he felt in his position as an attacking midfielder…

“We knew the position we were in and no team wants to be in that position. It was a tough position. We knew that today was an important match, especially at home. So, I had to adjust. It’s a role that I’ve been playing lately and today I had to show out. I think today I came out and did the best with the opportunity that I got and that was the game plan for today.”

On his partnership with Ricardo Pepi...

“With him, he’s a young guy and we have a partnership in the locker room and outside the locker room, outside soccer in general. I think that it’s a special bond because both of us are young and we’re looking at the same objectives: to score goals, assists. I think showing what we can do together is something special and when we work together and the team works together we can do great things.”