Jackson had a goal and two assists
FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, July 21) – FC Dallas’ offense exploded, scoring five times in a shutout victory over the Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night.
FC Dallas first got on the board in the 16th minute when playmaker David Ferreira crossed the ball to Jair Benitez on the left flank. Benitez walked into the area and delivered a low pass to the near post intended for Jackson. Jackson was unable to get a foot on the ball, but Portland defender Hanyer Mosquera did, inadvertently knocking the ball over the goal line to gave Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Ferreira was back at it 10 minutes later when he chipped an entry pass to overlapping defender Zach Loyd, who was inside the area. Loyd sensed a late-arriving run from Andrew Jacobson and left the ball in the midfielder’s path, just outside the area. With his first touch, Jacobson struck a low shot to the far post that beat Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins, giving FC Dallas a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute.
Dallas kept the pedal to the floor at the beginning of the second half, getting a 48th minute goal from Jackson on another assist from Ferreira. The play began in the middle of the park, where Jacobson found Ferreira. The 2010 league MVP turned and knocked a lateral ball to Jackson, who split a pair of defenders before firing a shot towards goal. The ball deflected off a third Portland defender, cutting away from Perkins and towards the opposite side of the goal, giving the goalkeeper no chance to keep his team from going down, 3-0.
MLS veteran Scott Sealy netted his first goal with FC Dallas in the 65th minute to give the home side a 4-0 advantage. The play began when Jackson stole a ball in Dallas’ attacking third of the field. The Brazilian ran at a Portland defender before dishing a pass to Sealy, who was in alone against Perkins. Sealy coolly slotted a low shot to Perkins’ left side for the 32nd goal of his MLS career.
FC Dallas Homegrown player Ruben Luna netted the second goal of his MLS career in the 81st minute. Jackson earned his second assist of the night on the play. He beat a defender at the top of the box, dribbled to the end line and centered a pass for Luna, who redirected a shot on goal with his back foot to give Dallas the 5-0 win.
Despite the final tally, it was the Portland Timbers that nearly drew first blood in the ninth minute in what turned out to be the visitors’ best chance of the night. Striker Mike Fucito out-muscled an FC Dallas defender on the right flank and dribbled towards goal. Fucito ran at the last remaining defender, Daniel Hernandez, and got off a low strike to the back post. Hernandez managed to get a foot on the shot, redirecting a looping shot that caromed off the back stick and shot back across the goal line before being collected by Pertuz.
DAL – own goal 16
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (Zach Loyd, David Ferreira) 26
DAL – Jackson (Ferreira) 48
DAL – Scott Sealy (Jackson) 65
DAL – Ruben Luna (Jackson) 81
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Jackson (Ruben Luna 81), Andrew Jacobson (James Marcelin 74), Daniel Hernandez, David Ferreira (Julian de Guzman 53), Carlos Rodriguez, Scott Sealy.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, George John, Bryan Leyva, Ricardo Villar.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Jackson 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (six players with one); FOULS: 13 (Jackson, Andrew Jacobson 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Scott Sealy 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Daniel Hernandez, David Ferreira 2); SAVES: 1 (Kevin Hartman 1).
Portland Timbers – Troy Perkins, Kosuke Kimura, Hyaner Mosquera, Mamadou Danso, Mike Chabala, Kalif Alhassan (Jack Jewsbery 54), Diego Chara (Brent Richards 74), Franck Song’o, Eric Alexander, Mike Fucito, Danny Mwanga (Kris Boyd 57).
Substitutes Not Used: Joseph Bendik, David Horst, Darlington Nagbe, Lovel Palmer.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Jack Jewsbury 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Kris Boyd 1); FOULS: 13 (Diego Chara 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Kris Boyd 1); CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 2 (Troy Perkins 2).
POR – Franck Songo’o (caution) 11
DAL – Zach Loyd (caution) 42
POR – Hayner Mosquera (caution) 61
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 66
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Jorge Luna Hernandez
Time of Game: 11,365
Weather: Sunny, 104 degrees
Schellas Hyndman – FC Dallas Head Coach
General thoughts on the game…
Obviously the end result is fantastic. It’s something we’ve been wanting and we’ve been expecting to play good soccer. With injuries, we’ve not been able to reach our expectations and our goals. Tonight, it seems like a game where we were able to put pressure on Portland from the start. Both teams had a difficult week, with three games and travel. It really came down to us working hard for each other with every player on the field working on both sides of the ball. We didn’t give up a lot of chances early in the game. Things bounced right for us. We started moving the ball and creating opportunities. David [Ferreira] really made some great penetrating passes. The first goal was a near post goal, which we don’t see too often here. Then a fullback drops the ball back for Andrew Jacobson to hit a first-time shot. We’re up 2-0 at halftime. We talked about that halftime, and we recognized that 2-0 is a very dangerous score. The other team scores and it is 2-1, and they have all the momentum. We fought hard. It was a good performance when you look at the team. Every player on the team played either good or very good. You need to do that to be successful in this league.
On the offense coming from players who aren’t usually on the score sheet…
Jackson has worked so hard since he’s been back. What a lot of people don’t know is we did the yo-yo [beep] test about three weeks ago. He finished off the charts. He got a 31. The team average is 21. I ask him what’s going on, and he says he’s working out twice a day. He’s wanted to help the team, and although he hasn’t put himself in front of a goal as much, now that we have people who can utilize his speed, I think you’ll see him as more of a threat. Andrew Jacobson is probably one of our best finishers and shooters on the team, but he hasn’t had many opportunities. Today he had a great goal.
On the play of David Ferreira and Daniel Hernandez tonight…
The scary part is I think he’s only at about 80 percent. I don’t think we’ve seen the old David yet, but what we’re seeing right now is better than most of the league as an attacking midfielder. Daniel Hernandez had an extremely good game. If you remember Daniel throughout this year, he mentally hasn’t been 100 percent, and his knee [kept] him from playing 100 percent. Tonight, he and David really controlled the midfield.
On how this type of win can be positive for a team mentally…
It’s huge. Even with our game against San Jose, it was a typical situation. How else can [a game] end this year? Missing a penalty kick in the 90th minute is the norm this season. But when I went into the locker room, it was really very positive from the players. They almost came back from 2-0 down, and they fought all the way to the end. If you continue to put in the energy, the effort and the teamwork, those bounces start to go our way. There have been three areas that have hurt as all season. The first one has been injuries, and that’s something we can’t control. The second one has been self-discipline, and that’s something we can control. The third one is the right bounce. We haven’t had that right bounce, but I thought tonight we started to see that.
On why Brek Shea wasn’t in the lineup tonight…
It’s been a very frustrating season for Brek. It’s been combinations of being injured, the Olympic team not qualifying and missing 72 training sessions this year between injuries and national team call-ups. Imagine missing 72 training sessions. It’s also a combination of his level of play being below what we expect and what he expects. It’s not through a lack of energy or effort on his part. He works out every day with us. He works extremely hard. He comes back for afternoon sessions. His body fat is below 4 percent. He’s taking care of himself 100 percent, physically. But who knows what all of the effects of this year have done to him mentally. I think, he keeps thinking about last year and how disappointing this year is. The mental part with Brek is really affecting him. The flare-up at San Jose was just the tip of the iceberg because of the mental frustration and all the disappointments. For Brek’s best interest, to get back to the Brek that we know, the Brek that has a smile on his face, the Brek that tonight would have found a way to score goals himself, to get Brek back, and his confidence, I think right now we need to pull him away and take the pressure off of him.
FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira
General thoughts on the match…
The team managed to get the three points. That is the most important thing. We played together the way that we needed to play together. From the first minute I felt good. I felt everything was going our way. The whole team was playing well and that’s the reason for the result we achieved today, which was the win and the three points.
How close do you feel you are to 100%?
Every game I feel a little bit better. I still have room to improve to get to my optimum level of ability. This next week, I just want to concentrate on recovering from the rough week we just had. I want to be ready to go out and be even better next Saturday.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson
On how tonight’s win can affect the team’s confidence…
“It does a lot for our confidence. It gives everyone the feeling of how it should feel when it works well. When everyone’s moving, it’s very difficult to play against us. When everyone’s attacking, we can score goals.”
On the team’s offensive explosion…
We put it all together. We had really good balance in the team. Everyone defended well and everyone attacked together. It just kind of clicked. It’s what we’ve been waiting for all season. We can move forward from it.
FC Dallas Homegrown forward Ruben Luna
On his goal tonight…
Scoring this goal definitely motivates me. When I start scoring goals, I keep going. It goes and it goes on. We have to stay positive as a team, keep fighting and keep going.
On getting in some quality playing time tonight…
For me to be able to come in off the bench was a very emotional moment for me because I’ve been waiting for it for a while. It was amazing to win the game and score a goal.
On working on both sides of the ball…
[Schellas] told me to work on both sides of the ball. That’s the most important thing he told me. If I want to see the field more, I have to work on both sides of the ball, helping out the team with defending and trying to score.
Portland Timbers general manager/interim head coach, Gavin Wilkinson
General thoughts on the game…
What is there to say? Humiliated. We quit tonight. Yes, the conditions are difficult, but we said no excuses. Merritt [Paulson] put me in the position to find out more about the players and to actually get to the bottom of a few things and right now we’re trying to fix a few broken things and it showed tonight. We had a Dallas team that performed well and left out a player who was maybe causing problems, collected themselves, regrouped and all went in the same direction.
We had people quit tonight and that’s not me throwing players under the bus. It’s a reflection on the organization and Merritt won’t stand for it. The organization won’t stand for it and everybody is going to go in the same direction or we’re going to run into problems.
I don’t think tactics lost us the game. It’s not me isolating the players. I’m in it with them, so I’m very careful about what I say there. But we are embarrassed tonight. We found a way to lose the game, scored and own goal and then dug a deeper hole and didn’t track runners. You can’t tactically allow for players to not track runners. They’ve got a job to do. It’s up to us collectively to get the jobs done, but this is unacceptable, completely unacceptable.
I feel humiliated. I feel terrible for the organization. We talk about how great our fan support is. We had a group of fans that traveled tonight and I apologize to them and that’s me and the organization apologizing. It’s important that we readdress the situation.
As far as coaching, I coached as much as I can for right now. I’m in an interim position and it’s up to the players as well and myself to look at the best way to move forward. Right now I’d say playoffs are not a possibility based on where we’re at right now and the inconsistency of the results. Defending as a group, we’ve changed nothing that we’ve done as a group in how we defend, yet we’re breaking down. Time and time again, we’re breaking down. We included a few new players with fresh legs with the potential to play extremely well and they failed.
When did you see the game start to slip away…
In about the 20th minute we had an unlucky situation where [Mike] Fucito was through somehow the ball didn’t go in the back of the net. We talk about not getting stretched. We talked about maintaining shape and we’ve worked on that a lot. When you have players that quit it’s impossible to keep shape, because they’re not doing their job and in these conditions, everyone has to get their job done. The objective is to get their job done and do a little bit more, but when you have players that quit and do not track runners and we get isolated in two verses one and allow balls into the box and it’s hard to defend against.
Portand Timbers defender Kosuke Kimura
On what it will take to move forward…
It’s tough to say for sure. Obviously, we’ve struggled on the road and they just took advantage of that. They know that we are not strong enough as a unit in away games and somehow we need to stop that. We can’t just say one thing on how we’re going to stop it. But it’s one by one. Maybe it’s the training. We have to change our mental setting in training a little more. We have to work on defense a little more. We have to tighten up our defense and win more one-on-one battles and collectively, when you win those battles on the field most likely you win the game. Those one-on-one stretches are really important.
You know it’s a team game, but at the same time you have your guy. If I play right back, I have a left wing and I know I have to limit his touches as much as possible and make sure he doesn’t do what he wants to do. That goes for everybody.
It seems like everyone is saying this team lacks character. That we are missing style. I understand that, but first individually if you look at ourselves one thing you can do is control yourself. You can’t control outside. The only thing you can do is yourself and then you tell yourself, everybody same thing. You say “I can win this next battle and the next battle.” Every second it comes to you, you try and limit your opponent as much as possible. We have to look at ourselves as a group and create the habit of winning those one-on-one battles. If you can do that little by little everyone is going to have more confidence and if you win those battles collectively the team is going to be more upfront in the game and I think that’s what we got to do.
Portland Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander
On what it will take to move forward…
More hard work. More dedication. A little more professionalism and coming together as a team. It’s going to take a lot to overcome this and we’re just not putting it out there right now.
On if the team quit…
I don’t know. Everyone was tired and obviously that’s not an excuse to quit. It was just a rough game. I wish it didn’t get to that point, but it did. Now we just have to get past it.
On Mike Fucito’s chance…
If it goes in it’s obviously a different game, we’d be up 1-0 instead of being down three or four goals and having to cheat forward just trying to spring an attack to get us back in it. But we were running out of time and we had to press forward and pretty much all their goals were off our errors.