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FC Dallas Earns a Point in Penultimate Home Game of the Season

October 7, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
FC Dallas News Release

Frisco, Texas - FC Dallas (10-10-12, 42 points) earned one point with a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes (10-10-13, 43 points) on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.


Colombian forward Jáder Obrian equalized the match in the 57th minute with his fifth goal of the year. Obrian has scored in his last three home games with two of those goals, including tonight's, assisted by Jesús Ferreira.


Tonight's match against the San Jose Earthquakes was FC Dallas' 300th regular season match at Toyota Stadium. Dallas holds a 160-54-86 record in regular season play in Frisco. FC Dallas hosted its first match at Toyota Stadium on August 6, 2005 playing the Metrostars to a 2-2 draw .


Tonight's draw against the San Jose Earthquakes marks the seventh consecutive game FC Dallas has avoided defeat. During this stretch, Dallas was able to remain unbeaten the entire month of September, with the last defeat coming on August 30 at St. Louis CITY SC.


FC Dallas is resilient, earning 18 points from losing positions this season, more than any other MLS team. Additionally, Dallas is undefeated in its last seven MLS games.


FC Dallas' Asier Illarramendi attempted 122 passes in this game, the highest total for a Dallas player this season. Adding to this tally, FC Dallas attempted 701 passes in this game, the highest total this season.


FC Dallas will play its rescheduled match against Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium next Saturday, October 14. The match kicks off at 7:30 PM CT on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, the FC Dallas app, Talk Radio 1190 AM and Zona MX 99.1 FM.


FC Dallas - Maarten Paes; Marco Farfan, Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha, Ema Twumasi; Paxton Pomykal (Facundo Quignon - 84'), Asier Illarramendi, Paul Arriola (Jesús Jiménez - 90'+3'); Jáder Obrian (Bernard Kamungo - 87'), Jesús Ferreira, Alan Velasco.

Substitutes not used - Jimmy Maurer, José Martínez, Dante Sealy, Sam Junqua, Liam Fraser, Eugene Ansah.

San Jose Earthquakes - Daniel De Sousa Brito; Tanner Beason, Rodrigues, Carlos Akapo; Miguel Trauco, Carlos Gruezo, Jackson Yueill, Paul Marie (Cade Cowell - 63'); Matthew Hoppe (Jamiro Monteiro - 63'), Jeremy Ebobisse (Judson - 82'), Cristian Espinoza (Jonathan Mensah - 85').

Substitutes not used - JT Marcinkowski, Ayo Akinola, Jack Skahan, Tommy Thompson, Niko Tsakiris.

Scoring Summary:

SJ: Jeremy Ebobisse (Jackson Yueill) - 3'

DAL: Jáder Obrian (Jesús Ferreira) - 57'

Misconduct Summary:

SJ: Jeremy Ebobisse (caution) - 21'

DAL: Sebastien Ibeagha (caution) - 60'

DAL: Ema Twumasi (caution) - 90'+2'

Weather: Sunny, 70ºF

Attendance: 17,474


Head Coach Nico Estévez

On tonight's performance...

"We had a bad start over the first 10 minutes, we were not in the right spot mentally. We came in with too much stress and pressure. It was the first time that I noticed it this year. These players are human, and these things can happen. The goal was a mistake that we shouldn't have conceded. The resilience that this team has, and how this team responds to adversity is a positive. You can say that things have not always gone our way this season, and we overcome that adversity. We controlled the game after the bad start."

On combating San Jose's style of play...

"San Jose is a playoff team; I don't know how many teams we've played this month that are doing well and have good players. We wanted to be patient in the first half and move them a lot. You could see they were tired in the second half. And sometimes when a team comes just to defend and just to try to protect their goal from the beginning of the game. You have to be patient and it's difficult. They play with energy and one of the best things that we did was show that patience. You didn't see any crazy transitions and we controlled it really well. Sometimes that's the most difficult thing. When we got into the right spots, we lacked a little bit of speed and urgency. We could've been a little cleaner in some of the actions and more connected in some of the runs. We cleaned that up at halftime. It was unlucky that we didn't win this game."

Midfielder Paxton Pomykal

On tonight's game...

"It was a really disappointing start, I thought that we were really flat coming out in the first few minutes. That's unacceptable and we take responsibility for that. But in the last 75-plus minutes, we imposed our game pretty well and created chances. We got the goal and I feel like this team responds really well. We came back from a losing situation again and got a point out of it, so we control our own destiny at this point so at the end of the, the point meant a lot but we're disappointed that we didn't get three points."

Goalkeeper Maarten Paes

On San Jose's tough defense...

"When they added (Jonathan) Mensah for (Jeremy) Ebobisse, the space on the field was going to be very crowded and we needed to play over the wings while also putting bodies in front. If you have three center backs with their height, it's very tough to win aerial duels so you have to combine passes quickly. It was very crowded, so it was hard for us, but we still managed to create some good chances."

On turning draws into wins...

"If you score one more goal than the opponent you win. It's also a little bit of luck as well, you saw the corner where the goalkeeper saved it then the ball through a deflection went back into the goalkeeper's hand. If we make sure to keep getting into those positions our luck will turn eventually."

Forward Paul Arriola

Thoughts on tonight's result...

"Every game is different. We are fully confident as a team and the quality we reflect throughout the field. It is a season that has been difficult for us as the scores do not reflect what has been shown throughout the games. There have been several opportunities that we have let go, and that we know we are expected to finish. It has been our story this season, but the important thing is to be able to keep going, even though things have not been going our way as the season is still not over.

On the performance of the team...

"It has been a tough year for the team and me. Things have not gone the way we expected but the mentality and group effort of the team collectively push us to continue working hard and not put our heads down. There are many great qualities about this team, we have one of the best defenses in the league and moving forwards we have to continue to get better and not lose focus. This is the moment in which the big players have to show up and stand out in order for the team to clinch into playoffs."

Defender Ema Twumasi

On the overall performance...

"We started very slowly the first ten minutes of the game, but after that we picked it up. San Jose got an early goal, but we let it go and kept fighting. We could have scored a few more goals, but we didn't. It's been that kind of month where we've been tying games. We need to get three points, so we will learn from this and move on to next weekend."

On San Jose's playstyle...

"San Jose set up to get a point on the road. Looking at the playoff spot they're currently in, it's clear they came here to just get a point. They were very compact defensively, so we had to move around, and I still felt like we created good chances. Unfortunately, tonight we only had one goal, so we have to give them credit and move on to the next game."

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