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Quotes, Stats and Links: FC Dallas Away Edition

A little late on this but as I always say "better late than never".


Portland Timbers Quotes

Head Coach John Spencer
General thoughts on the game:

"We dominated for a long period of time in the second half. The difference between the first half and the second half was that we started to believe in ourselves. We started to play a little more up tempo, but then I also think our guys got a little fatigued at the end."

Thoughts on the season so far:

"It has been a good start to the season. We played two quality teams and if our guys believe in themselves as much as me and my coaches do, we'll make it to playoffs."

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins
General thoughts on the match:

"The last 15 minutes of the first half we really started getting possession and momentum for us. We had a lot of chances on goal and maybe on a better day it goes our way. The second half with the wind at our back, especially with that kind of wind, it helps. You are able to get out of your own half with a long ball."

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe
General thoughts on the game:

"Everyone came out with a lot of energy. It's as simple as that. The first half we didn't have as much energy. When we play with energy, we play well as a team. We had more energy the second half. Guys were buzzing around a little bit more after the first 30 minutes. We just came out there with more energy with them and we controlled the game."

On the goal:

"I just saw the ball go up while I was dropping back. Once it hit the other team I knew I was onsides, so then I just tried to finish. I was in the right place at the right time. It was nothing special. There was no one in front of me it was just me and the goalie."

Midfielder Eric Alexander
On the team this year:

"The focus is a little higher [than last year] as well as our belief in each other. We have a talented group of guys who can get it done on the road. There are still better games to come."

On the season so far:

"We took four points from teams that made the playoffs last year, so we're pretty happy. It would have been nice to win. It's a good result for being on the road."

FC Dallas Quotes

Head coach Shellas Hyndman
General thoughts on the game:

"I felt we started off well, thought the first 20-25 minutes we did a lot of things right. Ricardo (Villar) was getting a lot of touches on the ball. At halftime we talked about how Portland would try to add a little more steam and play rough. It was a good result for us considering we were without three of our most important attacking phase players: Fabian Castillo, Brek Shea and David Ferreira. I was really pleased with the effort the boys put in. I was very happy we fought all the way to the last second."

Thoughts on the second half:

"I just think we are very thin right now. I didn't want to put a player late in the game and have him try and get into the rhythm of the game. That is why we only used one substitution."

Midfielder Bryan Leyva
On the shot that led to Blas' goal:

"I was running forward and I saw Carlos [Rodriguez] was going to cross it early. Since the field was wet, I knew there was a chance the ball might slip and come back to the second post. I was able to get there. I shot it first time across and really thought it was going to go in because the field was wet and it was bouncing. Fortunately, the keeper saved it towards Blas [Perez] and he put it away."

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson
General thoughts on the game:

"It was a tough game. They are a much-improved team, especially on the road. They have a lot of athleticism. They know what they do well and they come in and do it. They make things difficult. I don't think we had our best game. We played a little bit into them and started playing their game a little bit, but we were missing some big players and we needed other guys to step up. There's a lot to take away from that for sure. Guys worked really hard. Everyone gave their all and no matter what happens, that's something that will drive you throughout the season because you're not going to play well every game."


FC Dallas Portland Timbers
6 Attempts on Goal 12
3 Shots on Target 3
3 Shots off Target 5
0 Blocked Shots 4
7 Corner Kicks 3
13 Fouls 16
13 Open Play Crosses 17
0 Offsides 1
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
39 Duels Won 34
53% Duels Won % 46%
399 Total Pass 303
72% Passing Accuracy % 70%
56.2% Possession 43.8%