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FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union: Highlights, stats and quote sheet
All the facts from the draw in Philly.
FC Dallas — Maarten Paes; Ema Twumasi, Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sam Junqua; Jáder Obrian (Paul Arriola – 68’), Dante Sealy (José Martínez – 79’), Liam Fraser, Paxton Pomykal (Eugene Ansah – 90’+1’; Jesús Jiménez (Jesús Ferreira – 68’), Alan Velasco (Asier Illarramendi – 79).
Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, Marco Farfan, Facundo Quignón, Amet Korça.
Philadelphia Union — Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Damion Lowe, Olivier Mbaizo (Nathan Harriel – 86’); Jesús Bueno, Jack McGlynn, Alejandro Bedoya (Tai Baribo – 75’), Dániel Gazdag; Mikael Uhre (Chris Donovan – 75’), Quinn Sullivan.
Substitutes not used — Joe Bendik, Matt Real, Jeremy Ranfanello, Joaquín Torres, Olewethu Makhanya.
PHI: Quinn Sullivan (Kai Wagner) – 25’
DAL: Alan Velasco – 36’
PHI: Olivier Mbaizo (caution) – 20’
PHI: Jesús Bueno (caution) – 24’
DAL: Alan Velasco (caution) – 28’
DAL: Ema Twumasi (caution) – 90’+1’
Weather: Clear, 67ºF
FC DALLAS POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Nico Estévez
Overall thoughts on the match…
“We’re happy with the performance and effort of the team, the personality and authority that we showed playing against one of the finalists of the MLS Cup last year – who’s really good at home. We felt like we fell short because of the way we were playing and how we finished the game, how strong we were finishing in their half. But overall, we know it’s difficult to play here and I’m really happy with our decisions and game plan for this game. The players executed really well, especially some that weren’t playing consistently but still showed up. Like Jesús Jiménez, Dante (Sealy) did a really good job. Sam Junqua, too, did a really great job. Liam (Fraser) just came to the club and had an outstanding performance today. The leadership by Paxton (Pomykal), Sebastien Ibeagha, Nkosi Tafari showed a lot today. Maarten (Paes) stepped up in the right moments. This is the mentality that we’re going to fight with every game to get FC Dallas into the playoffs.”
On the switch to a 3-5-2 formation…
“Analyzing Philly, they’re a team that I know well, at home they like to load the box and try to get crosses very early. They’re very direct and vertical so we added a third center back to help us control those moments. Also on the offensive side, we knew that having two pocket players like Alan (Velasco) and Jáder (Obrian) and sometimes Jiménez joining them made it difficult for them to defend. Switching the field, too, was a key and we did a good job of that. We just missed a little bit of conviction and determination in the final third to score on some of the attacks that we had.”
On Alan Velasco’s performance…
“This was his second game since coming back from Argentina and you could see that (last game) was difficult because of the way that Columbus Crew was set up. But today we talked to him about us wanting him to get on the ball more and he did a good job on that.”
Midfielder Alan Velasco
On the goal he scored tonight…
“It was a pass-oriented play. The play started on the left side of the field where I passed the ball to either Liam (Fraser) or Paxton (Pomykal), and they opened the field by passing the ball to Dante (Sealy). Dante would then connect with Paxton who would cross the ball into the box. Luckily, I found the rebound and I did not hesitate to take the shot from afar.”
On tonight's result…
“We came to Philadelphia searching for the three points but every point earned helps us get closer to the playoffs. Today was a very good result outside of home, considering Philadelphia rarely drops points at home.”
Defender Sebastien Ibeagha
On the importance of earning a point on the road…
“It’s a big point for us to be honest, but we wanted three. To be honest we are disappointed with the VAR call that called the goal back. Overall I thought we played great. Philadelphia (Union) is a hard opponent to face and even try to beat at their home. They try to bully guys, and force their ways on us. I thought we did really well to play out of certain situations and control the game in our sort of fashion.”
On the long stretch of games so far…
“We want to reach the playoffs and earn the highest spot possible. With how tight the western conference is, we are capable of finishing fourth or third. That is what we are looking at, and we want to maximize the amount of points we can get from this stretch. Having back-to-back games helps us keep the momentum and it’s a big thing for us.”
Midfielder Liam Fraser
Overall thoughts on the match…
"I feel like we should have gotten three points. We had opportunities to score in the second half and even some in the first half, as well, where I feel like we could have capitalized and won the game. This is a hard place to come and play. So we'll take this point and we'll take the positive from the game and move on to Saturday."
On playing with Paxton Pomykal…
"Playing with Pax, you know, it's seamless. He's the guy that helps everybody on the pitch and makes it easier for everybody else. Playing with him and being able to connect with him is super easy. It's like the connection that we had today and, going forward, is excellent."
Defender Dante Sealy
On how it felt getting back into the starting lineup…
“It was a good feeling being back in the starting lineup but also a bittersweet feeling, we wanted to come here and get three points. But in a hostile environment like Philadelphia, getting a point on the road is also a good thing. We're gonna recover and focus on Houston in a couple of days.”
On earning two points in the last two road games…
“Like Coach says, if we can come away with any points on the road, that's a positive. We need to keep going on this streak that we have and stay positive.”