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FC Dallas (3) - Toronto FC (0) Post Game Summary

June 23, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Toronto FC News Release


FCD - Dominique Badji 41' (Jesus Ferreira)

FCD - Bressan 51' (Michael Barrios)

FCD - Dominique Badji 58' (Jesus Ferreira, Paxton Pmykal)




Toronto FC 5-7-4 19 points

FC Dallas 7-6-4 25 points


Jacob Shaffelburg made his MLS debut tonight, coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute


TORONTO FC - Quentin Westberg; Eriq Zavaleta, Drew Moor (C), Laurent Ciman (Alejandro Pozuelo HT'); Richie Laryea, Liam Fraser, Marky Delgado, Jay Chapman (Jacob Shaffelburg 59'), Justin Morrow; Nick DeLeon (Jordan Hamilton 82'), Terrence Boyd

Substitutes Not Used: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Tsubasa Endoh, Griffin Dorsey, Ayo Akinola

FC DALLAS - Jesse Gonzalez; Reto Ziegler (C), Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Bressan; Edwin Cerrillo, Dominique Badji (Santiago Mosquera 72'), Paxton Pmykal; Michael Barrios (Ricardo Pepi 84'), Brandon Servania, Jesus Ferreira (Bryan Reynolds 89')

Substitutes Not Used: Jimmy Mauer, Pablo Aranguiz, Zdenek Ondrasek, Callum Montgomery


On Badji's controversial first-half goal:

"Well, I thought it was offsides and I thought [Badji] got a touch on the ball. So, for me, again, I haven't seen all the replays. My understanding is there probably weren't too many. I don't know. I don't even know what to say but I thought I saw the ball redirect and go into the goal, which means it's offsides and we go into halftime 0-0; it's a whole different scenario as we set up coming out of the second half. Goals change games and today was no different especially on a day when it's extremely humid and hot and you could tell. You don't want to get on the wrong side of this game just because it's a tough game to chase in the conditions so that goal means a lot, for sure.

On the referee's reasoning on Badji's goal:

"Well, they always do some form of a check upstairs, it doesn't mean that the referee will go and look at it, but they do some sort of a check. But the claim was that [Badji] did not touch the ball. So, that's what I was told, that the player did not touch the ball. To me, it looked very obvious that the ball went off of [Badji] into the net so I have no explanation beyond that unless someone was keeping him onside that I'm not aware of."

On starting Pozuelo in the second half:

"No, I wanted [Pozuelo] to play. 45 (minutes) was at least what I wanted him to play because I just think it's important. We don't have a ton of training sessions between now and the next game. So, if we could get him 45 minutes today it would be a good session. He trained yesterday with us, the day before just did some work in the gym, so we're just trying to get his legs back under him. He says he feels great; his legs feel light and that's the feeling you get when you've rested a little bit especially after a long season that he's had. So, that's the positive thing is that he got some minutes out of it and I'm sure he'll be ready to go as we move into next week."

The message to the players after the game:

"I just wanted to talk about things and that our messaging and communication amongst us when we walk away and the things that we thought are important to take away is that we all were talking on the same thing and we're all on the same page. We came off of a two-week break, in a challenging place. A tough first goal to give away. Mindsets start to shift when games get away and we play a game in a couple of days and it's just making sure that we're all having the same conversations moving forward about what we need to do in the next game and how we just need to clean up a few things that were in there. It's important because sometimes these types of games, when you're frustrated, can linger and I don't want it to linger. I just want to make sure we all got our thoughts out together and it was a good conversation."

On concerns about quick turnaround after game in hot, humid conditions:

"No, it's not like it's in a couple of days. We have the extra day of rest. Conditions in Toronto in the evening will be fantastic so we won't have anything to worry about there. I think getting these 90 minutes under our belt after two weeks off was good. We've trained a lot in the last week with very limited numbers so we couldn't do anything over really big spaces. So, we needed this game anyway just to get moving again and covering ground so I think guys will bounce back and the mindset to play will be ready to go."

On if lack of depth played a role in the second half:

"It is what it is. Whenever we approach these games, especially in times like this when you're thin and people are a lot of places, you're in tough conditions. You try to take all the factors that play, and you try to create something that puts your players in the best place to be successful and the best positions to be successful and the best shape and all that kind of stuff. So, that's how we look at it and, to be fair, through most of the first half [FC Dallas] had some shots from distance, [Westberg] had to make some saves. For sure, they put some pressure on our goal, but it was a little bit of bend and don't break at that moment. The first goal really took a little bit of its toll because we put a lot of energy on the defensive side of things and hoping a little bit at halftime when we got [Pozuelo] on we could shift some of the attacking stuff but then it became a game we were chasing. When we're chasing a game like this, we ended up getting stretched out and pulled apart and too many spaces opened up on the field. For [FC Dallas], there were lots of different pockets that they could utilize. Again, part of is because we end up chasing the game and if it's still 0-0 [at halftime] maybe we stay a little bit more connected as a group and just have a little more patience. A lot of the guys as changes in the midfield, nobody was a central midfielder, everybody was kind of a wide player, nothing in the back, Laurent [Ciman] had back spasms during the course of the week so we've been trying to manage him a little bit knowing we still have four, three more games on the other side of this. Obviously not a ton of center backs on the health side so also didn't want to run him into the ground knowing that we have some other stuff coming up so we try to make an adjustment there and play it out in the second half. Try to stop [FC Dallas'] attacks a little higher and position ourselves for a little bit better positions in transition and ultimately we gave up the second one on a corner kick and we're for sure chasing the game and getting opened up at that point."

On Jacob Shaffelburg making his MLS debut:

"It's one of those games where, to be honest, by the time [Shaffelburg] came in there's not a whole lot to lose so he can just kind of go for it. Again, he shows his pace with the ball, his ability to run at people, to run in behind defenses, get into good crossing positions, I thought he had some solid moments. Some of the things he's got to learn just on the defensive side, his positioning, moving with the group, things like that. Because when you have good teams, like Dallas, and guys who are clever about spaces they take you just have to be able to work through both sides. It was a good experience for him so I'm glad he was able to get out there and, again, he gives us a little bit of something different as a lefty who's a true winger so it just gives us a different look and it was good for him to get the experience."


On getting his MLS debut...

"It certainly is, it wasn't the result we were looking for, but it was great getting my feet wet, it was a great feeling."

On it living up to his expectations...

"Certainly, leading up to it I was super nervous, from the moment I got the call from the trip. But, once I got my first touch on the ball it all went away, just really got into the game."

On if he feels he developed the way he thought he would...

"I've learned a lot since being here and it's been great so far."

On the quick turnaround...

"I'm used to played multiple games a week from USL, we've been having to play Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday games. So, I think as a team we are going to have to reset and go into Atlanta game with new mindset and just reset."

On if he's heard from a lot of people...

"I just looked at my phone and my mom texted me the first time, she had tears when she first saw me come on so, that's special and just having my brother and my sister and like all my family members text me. Just seeing how proud they are, it's a great feeling."

On getting his family to Toronto...

"I hope so. I hope my parents come up for the Atlanta game, that would be super nice."

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