* Papi-ball is taking shape. Nice spells of free flowing football with flair
* Je-vaughn Watson had a horrid 1st-half. You can see it either half full or empty but he needs to finish those chances.
* Je-vaughn’s half full part is his pace and athleticism will give any team trouble. Atiba Harris 2.o
* Early impression on Fabian Castillo this season, could be a MVP candidate. There is no answer for his pace and 1v1 attack.
* Three points last night cost FC Dallas three defensive midfielders but seeing the glimpse of Hendry Thomas’ role on this team will give this year’s squad a real bite and toughness.
* Surprise Chivas USA Center-back starter Eriq Zavaleta was red meat for FC Dallas attack.
* Chivas USA had a very defensive game plan flowing. Mauro Rosales was their only bright spot.
* Kellyn Acosta finally went full 90. A solid game for the 18 year old.
* Mauro Diaz is filling the role of ex-FC Dallas David Ferreira playmaker quite nicely. Oscar needs to avoid the trap his predecessor of not spelling him from the hot and hard-fouling season ahead.
DAL – Fabian Castillo (Hendry Thomas, Mauro Diaz) 72
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson 78
CHV – Erick Torres (Kristopher Tyrpak, Adolfo Bautista) 81
DAL – Michel 86
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Jair Benitez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta, Hendry Thomas, Adam Moffat (Andrew Jacobson 11, David Texeira 67), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez (Michel 76).
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Danny Garcia, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (JaVaughn Watson 3, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Je-Vaughn Watson, Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez 1); FOULS: 14 (Hendry Thomas 3, Blas Perez 3, Andrew Jacobson, David Texeira 2); OFFSIDES: 7 (Fabian Castillo 3, Je-vaughn Watson 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Mauro Diaz 2); SAVES: 3 (Chris Seitz).
Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Carlos Bocanegra, Tony Lochhead, Eric Avila, Eriq Zavaleta, Oswaldo Minda (Marco Delgado 46), Thomas McNamara, Leandro Barrera (Kristopher Tyrpak 72), Mauro Rosales, Erick Torres, Luke Moore (Adolfo Bautista 78).
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Melia, Dani Fragoso, Matthew Fondy, Andrew Ribeiro.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Luke Moore 3, Erick Torres 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Thomas McNamara, Erick Torres, Luke Moore 1); FOULS: 14 (Tony Lochhead, Thomas McNamara 4, Carlos Bocanegra 3); OFFSIDES: 0 ; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Mauro Rosales, 3); SAVES: 2 (Dan Kennedy 2).
CHV – Tony Lochhead (caution) 33
CHV – Erick Torres (caution) 34
DAL – Andrew Jacobson (caution) 38
CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution) 42
DAL – Michel (caution) 84
CHV – Marco Delgado (caution) 85
CHV – Kristopher Tyrpak (caution) 87
DAL – Hendry Thomas (caution) 91+
DAL – Hendry Thomas (ejection) 90+4
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Cloudy, 55 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
General thoughts on the match…
I liked our game. I have to say that I’m very proud of this team – the way they executed the plan. It was very good, especially in the first half when I saw the first team creating many options; being in front of the goal four times is not easy in the game.
I like our team and I have to reward the guys because they were the ones that came with that energy and fought hard that whole game.
They have been training a lot on finishing. Castillo is a player who needs to practice that and he knows; it’s time for him to show that he can create options and that he can also finish. Having Fabian in the mode of contributing to the team is crucial for us.
I thought that this is one of the best games I’ve seen since I’ve been with JeVaughn Watson. His work ethic is outstanding.
The first half of the game was very good for us. In terms of the game, the way we wanted to play, the pressure, the intensity, the options we created. If you measure the fundamentals with the game, the first half was a good example of the way we want to do it. I knew that a goal was coming and that was the message in the locker room.
On scoring with set pieces…
We will be pleased to score from set pieces on tight games like tonight’s when it seemed like you cannot seem to bring the ball back to the net. In the first half, especially, when we created five chances but couldn’t score, we kept depending on set pieces. I thought we all saw a team that deserved to win tonight and that’s the bottom line.
What I liked from our team the most today is that we saw a team with intensity and character. We played the first game against Montreal where we scored goals and we got the three points but I knew that my team wasn’t very happy with its performance to be honest. In Kansas City we had a team that didn’t possess as much but we were very disciplined with a lot of character and energy. Today it was that plus discipline and intensity – which is a good way for us to grow.
FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo
Is finishing the number one thing you are working on right now?
Yes. We work on it at least two or three times a week, all the forwards together. It has been paying off because we get into the matches and we have had some success scoring goals this season.
How close is the team to reaching its full potential?
Little by little we are working on bringing our game together. Every game is different, so we have to adapt. We are fortunate that so far, things have been going our way. We will continue to work hard and try to be a better team each day.
Do you feel you are close to reaching your full potential personally?
I feel better, but it’s more a matter of gaining confidence. The coaching staff is comfortable letting me attack. They work with me a lot in training and the coaches give me the confidence to be creative. It is very helpful to be able to play with confidence.
FC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta
General thoughts on the match…
It was a tough game. I thought the team showed well. We had some positive moments. We need to build on those and take that momentum into our match next week.
How do you feel about the team’s chemistry three weeks into the season?
We’re gelling pretty well. We know one another. We made a few changes in the lineup today and we still played well, played as a team…
Was it as a physical a game as it looked on the score sheet?
For sure, both teams were out there to win. We were all fighting for every loose ball to try and get three points.
FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson
On his goal…
I felt that I could have done better with the chance I had in the first half, so I thought to myself ‘when the next one comes you gotta finish it.’ I made a hard run and the ball got through. I stayed focused and was able to finish the goal.
What was it like to score three goals in 15 minutes?
We have a good team. The guys were running really hard… To score three goals so fast… We had them on their back foot from the get-go. The guys came out in the second half and decided that we were going to go for the kill.
On the ball Mauro Diaz played to set up his goal…
It was the perfect ball because I was running all the way from our half of the field. I was all by myself making a hard run. I felt I was faster than the defender. It was the perfect ball. There was nothing he could have done.
On dribbling around the goalkeeper rather than shooting…
It was a beautiful moment for me. It was one of my best goals. When it went in, I felt like I was on cloud nine or 10, just to score my first goal of the season. I was enjoying it.
Chivas USA Head Coach, Wilmer Cabrera
On tonight’s loss…
When you make those mistakes on set pieces, and lose concentration, you don’t deserve to win. You have to get punished in order for us to improve because we’ve been working on set pieces, and today we lost concentration and then we got punished. Two set piece goals and then one more. That happened last weekend against Vancouver in the last 10 minutes, and happened to us again today. So, we have to continue working. It’s not like we’re too far off, but we still need to improve in those aspects if we want to continue moving forward. We want to be a little bit more competitive.
How frustrating is it for three mistakes in 10 minutes to nullify 70 minutes of hard work?
It is frustrating, but at the same time it shows we have to continue working because we cannot change the whole mentality in this short period of time. We have to continue improving in a lot of things, but the concentration and the discipline for 90 minutes has to get better.
On Eriq Zavaleta’s first start…
It was very solid, very solid. Throughout the 90 minutes it was simple, solid. It was a good showing for him.
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy
Thoughts on the second half…
In the second half, we actually came out a little more courageous on the ball, a little bit better in possession. We were definitely more dangerous. Unfortunately, we gave up the first set piece goal. That changed up the tempo of the game and we gave them some momentum. It must have come in the 71st minute, and the game got away from us.
Did you feel the first half was more of a wide open game?
That was what we felt when we got to halftime. We were able to come in here and regroup. We thought we had a good chance to get something out of this game because we had some issues in the first half, but it’s tough when you give up two set piece goals to get a result on the road.
With the changes made in front of you, how confident are you as the season progress?
There have been a lot of great additions to this team and you’ve seen the rewards of that through our first two results at home. Certainly, we’ve got a lot of new guys on this team, to this league, so we need to make sure we all get on the same page for these roads games and make sure we’re putting in a good shift on the road.
Chivas USA defender Eric Avila
On returning to Dallas…
It’s always nice coming back. It’s where it all started and it feels nice to see the fans and Toyota Stadium.
On his position change to defender…
It’s different than what I usually play. It’s more of a defensive role. The thing about me is I’m just trying to help the team out as much as possible. The position was still up in the air in preseason. I’m still learning about it, but it’s going well.
On the culture change in the locker room with all the new additions…
I think it’s a lot more mature in the locker room. All the guys are so great. Everyone’s still willing to work hard. It’s a good group of guys.