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FC Dallas Draws with Los Angeles FC

May 20, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Frisco, TX - FC Dallas draws against Los Angeles FC, 1-1, at Toyota Stadium in the series finale.

Game Summary

First Half:

4' - Dominique Badji had an early chance from a Pablo Aranguiz cross but his downward header was saved easily by Tyler Miller in LAFC's goal.

17' - Diego Rossi received the ball from Carlos Vela at the top of Dallas' box but his right-footed shot was caught safely by Jesse Gonzalez.

27' - Pablo Aranguiz put the ball in the net from a Dominique Badji cross but the Senegalese striker was whistled offside retroactively.

29' - Ryan Hollingshead opened the scoring from a similar cross from Dominique Badji but the flag stayed down this time giving Dallas the lead just before the half-hour mark.

35' - Jesse Gonzalez pulled off a fantastic diving save to deny Carlos Vela a goal from a freekick right outside Dallas' box.

45' -Jesse Gonzalez saved Carlos Vela's penalty down to his right after Bressan fouled the Mexican winger in the box.

Second Half:

49' - Matt Hedges was ejected for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity after he fouled Carlos Vela on the edge of the box.

53' - Jacori Hayes nearly doubled FC Dallas' lead after receiving the ball in the box but his volley was directly at Tyler Miller.

61' - Reto Ziegler hit the side netting with a free kick after goalkeeper Tyler Miller fouled Jesus Ferreira on the edge of his box.

68' - Zdenek Ondrasek sent a header just over the bar after John Nelson was able to beat his defender and find him the Czech striker in the center of the box.

69' - Adama Diomande nearly equalized for Los Angeles but his right-footed shot from the center of the box went well wide.

72' - Jesse Gonzalez pulled off an incredible save with his fingertips to push Diego Rossi's curling shot onto the bar.

80' - Carlos Vela scored from the penalty spot on his second tryafter Bressan handled the ball into the box.

87' - Ryan Hollingshead receive the ball from Jesus Ferreira in a promising position but his shot lacked power and wa saved easily by Tyler Miller.


FC Dallas - Jesse Gonzalez; Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Matheus Bressan, Reggie Cannon; Jacori Hayes, Bryan Acosta, Pablo Aránguiz (John Nelson - 56'); Jesús Ferreira (Bryan Reynolds - 88'), Ryan Hollingshead, Dominique Badji (Zden?k Ondrášek - 65').

Substitutes not used - Kyle Zobeck, Callum Montgomery, Thomas Roberts, Ema Twumasi.

Los Angeles FC - Tyler Miller; Steven Beitashour (Joshua Pérez - 32'), Walker Zimmerman, Eddie Segura, Mohamed El Munir; Mark-Anthony Kaye, Lee Nguyen (Adama Diomande - 56'), André Horta (Christian Ramirez - 76'); Latif Blessing, Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi.

Substitutes not used - Danilo Silva, Pablo Sisniega, Peter Lee-Vassell, Jordan Harvey.

Scoring Summary:

FCD: Ryan Hollingshead (Dominique Badji) - 29'

LAFC: Carlos Vela (penalty kick) - 80'

Misconduct Summary:

FCD: Bryan Acosta(caution) - 6'

FCD: Jacori Hayes(caution) - 34'

FCD: Reto Ziegler (caution) - 46'

FCD: Matt Hedges (ejection) - 49'

LAFC: Lee Nguyen (caution) - 55'

LAFC: Tyler Miller (caution) - 59'

FCD: Ryan Hollingshead (caution) - 82'

Weather: Sunny, 79

Attendance: 15,135

Referee: Chris Penso

Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, Cory Richardson

4th Official: David Barrie

VAR Official: Silviu Petrescu

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

Overall thoughts on the game...

This is a good step. We'll take the point and it's an important point and we have another opportunity in Vancouver next week to keep fighting for three points.

On carrying momentum from the 2nd half of Thursday's match vs. LAFC to tonight's game...

I thought the second half over there we played a positive way. We created more. We didn't get some end product on the goal in terms of shots. That's something we need to keep growing in our conviction around the box and our killer instinct around the box. (We're) missing a few pieces whether due to injury or, you know, it is what it is. Ryan was out there, started the season as a left back and gets the first goal creatively, so we want to believe that any player can create and be dangerous offensively. But I thought we built on the positive performance of the second half in LAFC, and that helped us with momentum to know that we can play. We can play and get points against this team home or away.

On the positive takeaways from the game...

It's a positive. It's a heck of a team. The individuals, the concepts, the staff, there's a lot of support and that's a positive point for us, though we're always going to fight for three points whether it's LAFC or NTSC playing they're game yesterday coming back 2-0 and getting to 2-2. We want to score the next goal. We want to win the next moment. We want to win the next point so let's go, let's move to the next opportunity and fight for what we can. I thought we showed that spirit today.

FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira

On the mindset of the team after playing the same team three days prior...

There is justice in soccer after knowing we lost the first match against a good team on their turf, we knew were going to play them again three days later. We had to prepare well mentally and physically to give everything we had on our home turf.

On earning one point at home...

We were able to get a point. It's very important because that moves us a step forward. We came from a losing streak and the draw helps us move forward and continue looking ahead for the next match to try to win.

On what the team can take from this match for the next match...

We have to look at the pros and cons of the game. We hope that [Luchi Gonzalez] shows us video of what we did well on and what we did wrong so we can train for the next game.

FC Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes

On playing a man down...

They're a great offense with Vela and their attacking options and we were able to keep them out of the goal for the most part until the PK, so you just have to survive.

On Carlos Vela...

He's quality, he's a good player. But I have my job to do too, I'm on the field for a reason as well for a reason. You can bow down to him or anything you just have to do your job.

FC Dallas defender Bryan Reynolds

Thoughts on tonight's match...

They scored, it was unfortunate, and then I got to come in. When I first started walking out, I couldn't feel my legs, it was just an unreal moment. I've been working for that moment. It's unfortunate that we tied, but I'm proud of the boys that we saved it with a man down against a good team.

What did Luchi say to you before coming in...

He told me to be right next to Bryan Acosta right at center-mid. I've never played that position. He told me to just work, work hard, and you'll be fine. And I thought I did that. My goal was to do what I had to do and not let them score.

On his positional change...

In the academy, I was scoring goals, I was a lot bigger than everyone, and I was fast. Last year with Oscar [Pareja], I couldn't really, my body wasn't developed to be like a number nine like they wanted me to be. So Peter [Luccin] told Oscar that maybe they should look at right back, and that's how it transitioned. I'll go anywhere.

On his debut...

It was an unreal moment, been working hard for that since I was 15, first signing. I've been working hard for these two-and-a-half years, hadn't gotten my chance in, I finally got my chance in today and I think I did what I needed to do.

On his positional versatility...

I think it's good to be versatile. I mean, you don't just want to be good at one position.

FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead

On the red card and team's feeling...

Yeah, I think it's early to get a red card, the 50th minute. It's a long, long game, 40 minutes of holding onto the lead. We didn't want to sit back too much, though, we wanted to keep attacking with as much as we could, and so it was a bummer. Still, their goal was off of the luckiest handball. So, we played really well. The ball doesn't bounce your way, sometimes they get lucky, and Ramirez mishit that shot like I've never seen before, and it turns out to be a PK. I mean, what are the odds? We played really well, that's how they're going to tie the game, I mean, what do you do about that? So lucky. You feel good about performance, but we want that win. Even 10 men, I feel like the guys felt confident we could get the win, so it's a little bit of a bummer.

On the response from the team...

Yeah, I think that the team just wanted to respond. There's definitely something to playing the same opponent four days later and getting a chance to redeem yourself, but I think more than that we're hungry, we want to win, and we believe in what we're doing here, we believe in our style of play. And so everybody's bought in, and it's just a matter of time until things start clicking. So, you can't look at that game and say that effort wasn't there. You got to look at that and say, some really tough calls that didn't go our way, and a little bit of luck in the end for them to get the tie. So we feel good, we played well.

On the mentality change after the red card...

Yeah, you have to be, because you have to cover so much space, everybody's got to pick up a little bit more of a job, so you have to be ready and step in and pick up that extra man's job. More than that, I think we're hungry for the win, we saw that there was 40 minutes left, and if we put the effort in, that's going to be hard for them to score on us, and it was, they couldn't get through us. They just got the handball. So, we feel like we put in a good shift, and all you can ask at that point is just.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez

On playing a man down...

It was tough being a man down, it's always tough. But I think we overcame the situation and got the draw. They were excited for this match and we were eager to face this team again but now I think we have to focus on Vancouver which is the next game.

Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley

General thoughts on the game...

Strange game. Not a very good game. It's hard playing the same team back to back like this. The travel for both teams. On the days when I see a good game and I see good football then I'm pretty excited but today was a frustrating game. You watch guys trying to make plays but no real fluidity, not real sharpness. It was choppy at the beginning all sorts of fouls, and the referee talking to everybody after every play. We tried hard to get something that feels like football going but on a night like tonight it's just impossible. I would give our guys credit for pushing and hanging in there. They would all tell you that it's not a night where you do it because every play is right. I don't know much more I can say."

I thought particularly in the first half, the normal kind of connections and passes for us were not very good. We reacted slowly on their goal; they took it well. We knew at halftime that we had to raise the levels, so we did that part obviously playing up a man we were able to make a lot of pressure for the rest of the game but still not finding a way to win.

On Carlos Vela...

Carlos has been awesome; I always speak about him a lot and I don't want to make it sound like he's the only one giving everything he has. But as a captain and as a leader he just kept pushing to try to make the play that would win the game. He sets an incredible standard for everyone else. I'm really proud of the way he has become such a strong leader in his team.

Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela

On the draw tonight...

We're still doing a good job of course but drawing a game like that it feels like we dropped two points. But when you're playing on the road, sometimes one point is a good thing. We have to keep working and continuing on this line and showing how good we are.

Thoughts on what the team has to define to score more goals ...

In the first half, they were good. They created danger with quick passes on the counterattack. We were able to control and generate chances, but we lacked on our shots on target like in the Seattle game. We had clear chances to win, but we complicated the match on our own. But they are also a strong team at home that works hard, runs a lot, stops the game, make fouls, knows who is playing and they are a tough opponent. But we must also give credit to the point we were able to get.

On his leadership this season ...

From the beginning, I took on the role as captain, as the most important player of the team and I want to convey that. I think that when the team sees that I am running and fighting, they are infected with that mentality and I want to convey that. Obviously I'm scoring goals and contributing to the team and that gives confidence to try new things and to continue playing this way, and hopefully I can maintain this level [of intensity] or surpass it.

On playing the same team twice in a short period of time ...

Obviously, there were very few days to rest and the heat also affects us. They played at home and had a different mentality and it was a difficult match. It was hard fought until the last minute. They also had some chances at the end, but we got a point even though we felt like we could have won it.

On his penalty kick ...

[Jesse Gonzalez] made a good save. We must give him some credit as well. He's a good goalkeeper and he guessed correctly. In the second penalty kick, I waited until the last second to see what he would do, but he wasn't able to save that one. We also went one-on-one there.

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