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FC Dallas and Orlando City SC Draw 0-0 at Toyota Stadium

September 27, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Frisco, Texas - FC Dallas' (5-3-5) earns its fourth clean sheet of the season with a scoreless draw against �"scar Pareja's Orlando City SC at Toyota Stadium Sunday night.

Game Summary

First Half:

10' - Santiago Mosquera's right-footed shot from the six-yard box is saved by Orlando's Pedro Gallese following a through ball from Jara.

27' - Chris Mueller connects on a cross from Mauricio Pereyra and sends a header towards the goal but lands in Jimmy Maurer's hands for his first save of the night.

34' - Ryan Hollingshead's header is saved by Gallese following a cross from Ricaurte after Jara's attempt from inside the box is deflected by Orlando's defense.

Second Half:

52' - Maurer makes a diving save to deny Nani who fires a right-footed shot from outside the box.

79' - Tanner Tessmann fires a long-range shot and forces a save from Gallese after an Orlando clearance doesn't make it past Tessmann.

80' - Maurer pushes Júnior Urso's shot from outside the box out wide to keep the game scoreless after Nani makes a run on the right flank.


FC Dallas - Jimmy Maurer; Ryan Hollingshead, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Bryan Reynolds; Thiago Santos, Andrés Ricaurte (Jesús Ferreira - 66'), Bryan Acosta (Tanner Tessmann - 66'); Santiago Mosquera (Fafa Picault - 21'), Franco Jara, Michael Barrios (Ricardo Pepi - 89').

Substitutes not used - Phelipe, Johnny Nelson, Bressan, Brandon Servania, Dante Sealy.

Orlando City SC - Pedro Gallese; Kyle Smith, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Ruan (Kamal Miller - 23'); Mauricio Pereyra (Andrés Perea - 73'), Jhegson Méndez, Júnior Urso, Chris Mueller (Benji Michel - 63'); Tesho Akindele (Daryl Dike - 63'), Nani.

Substitutes not used - Brian Rowe, Alex De John, Robinho, Joey Dezart, Jordan Bender.

Scoring Summary:


Misconduct Summary:

FCD: Andrés Ricaurte (caution) - 48'

FCD: Franco Jara (caution) - 57'

ORL: Jhegson Méndez (caution) - 64'

ORL: Jhegson Méndez (ejection) - 69'

FCD: Thiago Santos (caution) - 87'

ORL: Nani (caution) - 90'+7'

Weather: Partly cloudy, 82

Referee: Ramy Touchan

Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Brian Poeschel

4th Official: Elijio Arreguin

VAR Official: Edvin Jurisevic

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

General thoughts...

"I thought we were better in the second half, more aggressive and more on the front foot. We pushed the game better to just get more volume in the attack. Orlando had some good control of the midfield, but I thought we had good control of the flank play. We pushed and they did get a man down which allowed us to be a little more adventurous going forward as well. Our subs reflected that we wanted to go for the game. We didn't get it to bounce our way there at the end. I'm proud of the boys for pushing the game, defending our goal well and getting the zero at home. Disappointed we didn't get the three points but at the same time that's a good team, credit to Orlando. It's not a mistake they're doing well this season."

On coaching against for FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja...

"Nothing but pride and respect. I'm sure it goes both ways. Not just Oscar but (Luis) Muzzi and his whole staff. He has relationships with ours (staff), it was a good celebration of the history of the club and future of the club. But we're also very competitive. Even though tomorrow we'll probably be in touch, leading up to this game it was all about business and trying to get the three points for our clubs."

FC Dallas forward Fafa Picault

On his own performance after subbing into the match...

"There was a lot of defensive work to do. Orlando's a good team, and we had to take care of the defensive side but also find ways to attack. We had moments and chances to score but overall, it's just important to give energy on both sides of the ball. Tonight, I had to do a lot of defensive work which compromised on the offensive side. Overall I felt okay with it."

On how he saw the match tactically...

"It's important to win your individual duels as well as work with the team and be organized tactically. They asked a lot of us as players and on the coaching staff. I just want to do my part in helping and I think we did well overall as a team."

FC Dallas defender Reto Ziegler

On the buildup play in tonight's match...

"The buildup in the first half was not good enough. I will give Orlando credit, they pressed good all game. We are a team that doesn't like to play long balls. We found [Bryan] Reynolds a few times and Ryan [Hollingshead] on the other side. We played wide and tried to build in from there. In the game it was a bit slow, I think we have good players, but we need to play with more tempo from the back into the midfield to be dangerous. We need to do better and it's not the first time that happens. IT usually happens at home and I don't know if it's good or not."

On returning from a minor injury...

"It feels good to be back. I still feel a little something in my hamstring but it's not a big issue. It's not a muscle injury, it's a tendon inflammation so it's something I can take care of. I did quite well today, it didn't bother me but of course after the game I felt something. It's not a big deal but I have to take care of it."

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