FC Dallas coach has come out saying that he couldn’t be happier with the way his side performed in the draw against Colorado Rapids.
It was a top of the table clash with FC Dallas knowing a defeat in the game would have seen them drop to second in the league table.
FC Dallas coach, Oscar Pareja, had this to say: ‘I would say the standings don’t lie. The performance today shows that the two teams are doing great, I would agree with it’.
FC Dallas went into the game without one of their best players in Fabian Castillo. The winger is believed to be on his way out of the club to join Turkish club Trabzonspor. The boss said that he didn’t travel with the squad because there were ‘negotiations surrounding his contract’. FC Dallas were also left without Maxi Urruti, who picked up an injury midweek in their US Open Cup quarterfinal tie with Houston Dynamo, which they won.
FC started the first half brightly and went into the break with nine shots on goal. This was compared to Colorado’s six. However, they were unable to take their chances, with Colorado taking one of theirs to give the home team a 1-0 lead at the break. FC Dallas came back into the second half with the same mentality and were piling the pressure on the home team. The pressure finally paid off in the 80th minute as they were rewarded for their pressure by levelling the score.
The game finished all square which kept FC Dallas at the top of the MLS, with Colorado three points behind in second.
Pareja had this to say: ‘I thought the first 15 minutes, we weren’t our best. They boys have been playing many games in a short amount of time, but they finished strong.’
‘The substitutes came with a lot of energy, but they also gave us ideas. Victor came with fresh legs and gave us a push. He’s a kid who represents this program. We played with four homegrown and Victor sealed a great night for them.’
‘I thought we deserved much more than a point. I thought we were the best team on the field tonight from the first minute to 90-plus. I have to give credit to our players who have played eight games in 29 days and have come away with six wins. It was 1-1, and I couldn’t be prouder of that.’
Substitute Ulloa had this to say on the match: ‘Coming from the bench, I was just trying to help the team and give them energy. The ball popped out, and all I was thinking was “I’m going to shoot it”.’