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FC Dallas Earns 2-1 Comeback Win against Inter Miami CF at Toyota Stadium

October 28, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Frisco, Texas - FC Dallas (7-5-7) earns 2-1 comeback victory over Inter Miami CF (6-12-3) at Toyota Stadium thanks to goals from Franco Jara and Ryan Hollingshead.

Game Summary

First Half:

13' - Jimmy Maurer makes an early save after Inter Miami's Andrés Reyes attempts to head in a cross from Lewis Morgan.

17' - Ryan Hollingshead's header is saved by Miami's John McCarthy following a freekick from Andrés Ricaurte.

33' - Rodolfo Pizarro slots one past Maurer and gives Inter Miami a 1-0 lead after he connects with a through ball from Gonzalo Higuaín inside the box.

Second Half

60' - Franco Jara converts from the penalty spot to the left of Miami's John McCarthy to level the match up.

64' - Fafa Picaults' header in the middle of the box is punched out by McCarthy for a corner kick, following a cross from Michael Barrios.

82' - Bryan Reynolds finds Ryan Hollingshead at the back post who simply taps it in to give FC Dallas the 2-1 lead.

Lineups:

FC Dallas - Jimmy Maurer; Ryan Hollingshead, Bressan, Matt Hedges, Bryan Reynolds; Thiago Santos, Andrés Ricaurte (Johnny Nelson - 87'), Jesús Ferreira (Ema Twumasi - 82'); Fafa Picault (Ricardo Pepi - 72'), Franco Jara (Tanner Tessmann - 87'), Michael Barrios.

Substitutes not used - Phelipe, Callum Montgomery, Brandon Servania, Thomas Roberts, Dante Sealy.

Inter Miami CF - John McCarthy; Ben Sweat, Leandro González Pirez, Nicolás Figal (Dylan Nealis - 28') (Federico Higuaín - 85'), Andrés Reyes; Wil Trapp (Julián Carranza - 84'), Blaise Matuidi; Matías Pellegrini (Victor Ulloa - 76'), Rodolfo Pizarro, Lewis Morgan; Gonzalo Higuaín.

Substitutes not used - Drake Callender, AJ De La Garza, Mikey Ambrose, Jay Chapman, Juan Agudelo.

Scoring Summary:

MIA: Rodolfo Pizarro (Gonzalo Higuaín) - 33'

FCD: Franco Jara (PK) - 60'

FCD: Ryan Hollingshead (Bryan Reynolds, Michael Barrios) - 82'

Misconduct Summary:

MIA: Ben Sweat (caution) - 45'

MIA: Rodolfo Pizarro (caution) - 48'

MIA: Leandro González Pirez (caution) - 54'

FCD: Ryan Hollingshead (caution) - 83'

MIA: Andrés Reyes (caution) - 90'+1'

Weather: Cloudy, 44

Attendance: 3,233

Referee: Victor Rivas

Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Chris Elliott

4th Official: Elijio Arreguin

VAR Official: Malik Badawi

POSTGAME QUOTES

FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez

General thoughts on the game...

"Honestly the first half I thought we did some really great things. We put some things in the box and were unlucky to not put away. And then they got their goal. But first halves can be a little more balanced and we've got to be strong defensively, we can't open ourselves up too early. But I liked the things we did in the first half. And at the half, I just asked the boys to continue to do it. Keep going; keep doing what you're doing. Let's make a few small adjustments, and keep doing what you're doing and the games going to find you. And they certainly did that and pushed the game. That's why you see the backline higher and we wanted to generate more crosses and numbers in the box and reward ourselves."

On Bryan Reynolds going forward into the attack...

"When I coached Bryan in the Academy, he was a winger. He was quite successful as a winger and as he started to become a senior player at a young age, it was a decision based on his profile and his tools to start looking at him as an outside back. But it doesn't happen unless Bryan accepts and embraces that challenge as an opportunity, and he certainly did. And that started with Oscar (Pareja) and continued with me and the staff at the club. So we're really proud of him. He had a great mentor in Reggie (Cannon), he's always been close with him and looking up to him. That's why I'm not surprised he's been able to step in and compete right away for its goals."

On the possibility of points per game deciding playoffs...

"It's about adapting. Teams that end the season the strongest are adapting quicker. We've certainly had our challenges and adversities this year, but we keep asking each other to give everything and keep an open mind. So, there's things we can't control and if it's points per game - and I said it before - I wish those other teams and players the best in their recovery with the virus. I don't wish that upon anybody and if that changes a way a team qualifies, we have to adapt to that. That means each game in front of you is huge. You don't know if it's your last game of the season or not based on your own team and the other team. That's why we have to think now, today, rather than tomorrow."

FC Dallas Defender Bryan Reynolds

On tonight's performance...

"In the first half I felt like I wasn't getting forward as much, but also it felt like we were dominating. In the second half Luchi told me to attack them the way I know how I play and that gave me some confidence. I got an assist and I drew a penalty when I started to attack more. In the future, I need to have more confidence going forward and getting more into the attack."

On finding Ryan Hollingshead in the goal....

"I felt like back in the day when I was a winger, I would beat my man and find someone with a cross. It's crazy how all my crosses have been finding Ryan, and that combination is getting stronger. I'm just happy Ryan is able to finish those crosses. The ball cut between the center backs and I saw that one of them had lunged in so I aimed for crossing it between his legs and I saw that Ryan and Pepi were in the back post waiting for the ball. Fortunately, it was Ryan who tapped it in."

FC Dallas Defender Matt Hedges

On how it feels returning from his injury...

"Good. I never like to miss any games for injury or any reason and I always want to be out there and I'm glad it wasn't a serious one and, you know, glad to be out there and help the team get three points."

On how the team performed in the build up play...

"I thought our build up was alright. They obviously didn't press as much as other teams have so, I mean, gave us a little more space to move the ball. I think in the first half it was a little slow, we probably could have improved that but, you know, we talked about that and came out in the second half and I thought it was much better and more explosiveness and combinations and things like that so it was a tale of two halves in that regard."

On how it felt going up against a former FC Dallas player...

"Oh yeah, Vic (Ulloa) is a great friend of mine and he spent a long time here so I always want to see him do well, you know, when he's not playing against us but it was good to see him. I saw him when he was on the side coming in and gave him a little fist bump just to acknowledge hey, what's up man, good to see you but at the same time it's a war out there and we can't be friends until after the game."

General thoughts on the three points...

"The feeling in the locker room is great, I mean, obviously we needed that. That was three points, getting goals, getting a win coming from behind. That was all great stuff from us and something we desperately needed after this streak of games, you know, when we're not getting great results and it puts us in a good position moving forward for the playoffs. If we get a few more wins, you know, we could be in a really good spot coming into the end of the season with either total points or points per game."

General thoughts on Bryan Reynolds...

"He has great range in the attack, he gets into great spots, he makes smart decisions with his runs, he's a great crosser with the ball, probably one of the best we've had in a long time and the thing I like about him is when he's crossing the ball he's looking to pick out the runners coming into the box and he's not just blindly crossing it. That's a good thing from him, he's really grown with that from last year to this year. He's just a great player. HE's an easy guy to play with, he listens, he wants to learn and that's something for a young guy that's really important. I see big things from him."


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