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FC Dallas Falls to Atlanta United FC 1-0

September 23, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Atlanta, Georgia - FC Dallas' (5-3-4) three-game winning streak ends following a 1-0 loss after Atlanta United FC (4-7-2) scores their lone goal of the night from the penalty spot.

Game Summary

First Half:

23' - Jimmy Maurer makes his first save of the night after Atlanta's Jake Mulraney fires a shot from outside the box.

28' - Maurer pushes a left-footed shot from Mulraney out wide for his second save of the night after Mulraney goes against Matt Hedges inside the box.

Second Half:

50' - Maurer sends Jon Gallagher's long-range shot from a difficult angle over the bar for his third save of the night.

55' - Atlanta's Jeff Larentowicz scores the first goal of the night from the penalty spot after video review confirmed a handball from Matt Hedges inside the box.

74' - Jesús Ferreira connects with a cross from Bryan Reynolds, but his shot is too high and sent over the crossbar.

80' - Santiago Mosquera fires a right-footed shot towards Atlanta's goal, but Brad Guzan is alert to make a save.

88' - Jimmy Maurer denies Laurence Wyke in the box to make his fourth save while Matt Hedges blocks Eric Remedi's rebound shot.


FC Dallas - Jimmy Maurer; Johnny Nelson (Bryan Reynolds - 69'), Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead; Tanner Tessmann, Brandon Servania (Franco Jara - 68'), Andrés Ricaurte; Fafà Picault (Santiago Mosquera - 69'), Jesús Ferreira (Ricardo Pepi - 83'), Michael Barrios (Dante Sealy - 83').

Substitutes not used - Phelipe, Nkosi Burgess, Eddie Munjoma, Thomas Roberts.

Atlanta United FC - Brad Guzan; George Bello, Fernando Meza, Miles Robinson (Adam Jahn - 46'), Franco Escobar; Emerson Hyndman (Edgar Castillo - 89'), Jeff Larentowicz, Matheus Rossetto (Eric Remedi - 46'); Jake Mulraney (Laurence Wyke - 81'), Jon Gallagher (Luis Castro - 72'), Brooks Lennon.

Substitutes not used - Alec Kann, Anton Walkes, George Campbell, Tyler Wolff.

Scoring Summary:

ATL: Jeff Larentowicz (PK) - 55'

Misconduct Summary:

FCD: Bressan (caution) - 47'

Weather: Partly cloudy, 74

Referee: Timothy Ford

Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein

4th Official: Matthew Thompson

VAR Official: Jorge Gonzalez

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez

General thoughts...

I think a casual 10 minutes starting in the second half led to their goal, we have to be disappointed to concede that goal, but we have to look at the game overall. We tried to look at some things with our press. I think we were good at making them play some long balls, but we have to do better and win more second balls in the midfield. We were missing that kind of personnel, but I like that we got on the ball and tried to possess, we tried to play through the lines and half a little bit more possession this game but didn't produce enough volume in crosses. And the crosses we did make I don't think were high quality. And didn't produce enough volume of just being aggressive and getting shots off to test them. Credit to Atlanta, that's a team that played with a lot of heart tonight and they found a way to beat us. A flat 10 minutes punished us, and we didn't push the game. Obviously, being down, we went for it, but it wasn't enough. We're disappointed because we thought we could get points here. But we don't have time to waste, we have to reflect quickly and have a lot of things we want to improve with the opportunity we have with Orlando next.

On the penalty decision...

I saw the replay quickly. I don't know what Matt's supposed to do honestly in that place; it's a fast play. But I'll look at it more, I think it could've gone either way. But the ref made his call and it is what it is. We've got to own it. But the things that led to that are more important. We have to not give away as many dead balls and free kicks in our half because that's just free service into our box.

On the halftime talk to the team...

Our guys are experienced now. We had a really young team last year but most of our guys have experience in the league. If we're going to fight for a top conference spot, we have to find consistency in our desire no matter who we play, where we play or where the other team is in the table. So, I felt the team prepared well. I felt the warmup and mentality was good before the game. When the game started, I think we had some good moments and we were in it. In the second half, those first 10 minutes were a little too reactive and weren't aggressive on our dead ball and it led to an unlucky play in the box. We lost on a PK, and other than that PK I'm not sure of what other clear, clear chances we gave away. But that's the game. Small margins and we didn't do enough to get on the scoresheet. We've been scoring in the last few games, but we didn't score today. We're disappointed and it's not good enough. We're going to think about it and move on quickly because that's the way this league is, that's the way the schedule is; we don't have time. We're going to wake up tomorrow with a hurt but also a desire and excitement to play Orlando next.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges

Thoughts on the match...

I thought it was pretty even besides that penalty. I didn't think they had much better chances than we did. I mean we had some chances, they had some chances and it was pretty even. I feel like we had good spells of possession and they had good spells of possession. There were times when the game was open and times when it was closed. Overall, I thought it was pretty even.

Thoughts on short turnaround for Orlando game...

We'll have time to prepare but there will be guys with fatigue because there's a game every three days for months at a time. It's going to happen. I'm starting to feel it. I'm sure there are other guys who also feel it. We're resting people but it's unusual circumstances right now to have these many games so closed together.

Thoughts on having different backline...

I thought they did well. Ryan switching to the right, it's not his favorite position, but he does it well. Bressan comes in and I play next to him in training all the time so it's a natural transition. You can probably tell in the first ten minutes we're trying to build out just trying figure out where everyone was and get used to each other, but after that I thought it was fine. Defensively, we do enough together in training that it was pretty seamless in our positioning, marking, etc.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

Thoughts on the match...

Felt good, just disappointed in the result. We came here to get some points on the road, whether a win or a tie. Just disappointed. Individually, I felt good, second game (back from injury). Just building on the last game. I felt good individually.

Thoughts on what he saw in the back in terms of the buildup play and how evenly the match was played...

One of our focuses, something we talked about - in the back. I thought it was a lot better, it's something we can build upon going forward. We're getting back to finding spaces and taking some more calculated risks to play out of the back and I think it created some chances going forward when were able to beat that pressure. I think we were just a little bit better with our movement, a little bit better with finding the spaces in between lines and knowing when to skip lines. It took us a minute at the beginning of the game, but I think we found our rhythm towards the middle end of the first half and I think that's one of the positives we can take.

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