New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps
It was a tough game for us. Our second half was much better than our first half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as you know. We’ve got to get better in a lot of areas from the coaches to the players and every aspect of the game, from set pieces to offensive set pieces, defensive set pieces, to moving the ball, to attacking, to … just all areas of the game need to get better.
I think that the first half, there wasn’t enough movement, there wasn’t enough playing the ball quickly and a lot of what we worked on all week just seemed to go away. And then in the second half, that was more our group but unfortunately you need 90 minutes to unlock a team. You need more than 45 minutes to play and unfortunately we only came for 45 minutes.
(We put in) Diego (Fagundez) for a little more offense. I thought he brought it tonight. I thought Diego did alright, a couple turnovers, but overall it was positive in what he was trying to do. Ryan (Guy) more for penetration to extend the field. We wanted to be aggressive and we saw what we were trying to do in the second half. The first half was really just not good enough, quite frankly, and I think that it exerted a lot of energy from us even to just stay in the game in the first half. The second half when we needed to have a little bit more kick and a little more bite, we didn’t have it.
I want to have a balance attack and looking at the sheet here we had five shots on goal and they had four shots on goal, and we had nine attempts on goal and they had 10. We only had one in the first half; we had eight in the second half. That’s not balanced enough just in terms of the way the game goes. I like it when guys like Diego (Fagundez) and Jerry (Bengtson) and Juan (Toja) and Kelyn (Rowe) are in the box when we go forward but right now our play is a little bit out of synch with what our runs are, and that’s where I think we just have to continue to get better every week.
Obviously, we practice [finishing] and practice it. I mean, it’s something that we do a lot of. Maybe we do it too much. We work on those things and you want to get yourself in a place to finish. I thought tonight we had chances to score and we didn’t and so, we go back and work harder as a staff, as a team to take care of those chances when we get them. Soccer is a tough game. You can’t design plays when the game is free flowing, but you can put yourself in a lot of those different situations. We feel we need to do that and continue to do it and hopefully, like you say, it works.
I’ve got to be honest, I have to see [Dallas’ goal] on film. I was trying to get it up when I went back in [the office]. We were making a sub at the time and we were going over assignments. I’ve got to look at it, but my recollection is that Kevin (Alston) was down and then he came out which we would rather him stay off the field or stay down or whatever the scenario may be or we could of stopped the time. Maybe they took advantage of that and scored.
We brought in Kelyn (Rowe) for the fresh legs and then we started to click a little bit. It looked like we were doing some pretty good things and I knew Diego (Fagundez) was tired and he hadn’t played 90 yet, so I knew he was tired but he seemed so positive in what he was doing - a lot of what he was trying to do – so I didn’t want to take him out too soon. My thought was I knew Kevin (Alston) was struggling a little bit at half time so I didn’t want to waste, not waste, but I didn’t want to make two subs right away. I wanted to see how it played out and I thought we started to pick up the game a little bit. Even during that stance I sat with my staff and said we’ve got control of this a little bit, let’s keep it what it is because I thought if we scored we were going to make two subs right away. We were going to take Kevin (Alston) off to be a little more solid because I just thought he was starting to waver; it looked like he was hurt a little bit and then maybe bring in another midfielder or switch Jerry (Bengtson) up because it looked like Jerry was getting a little tired. I thought that during that time we didn’t make any subs, that was probably our best run of soccer, so I thought that was the best group to help us win at that time.
New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth
It looked like (David) Ferreira just kind of cut it back and there was two guys at the back post. (Blas) Perez got up and headed it across, and to be fair, he put it in a good spot, probably the only spot I couldn’t have saved it.
I thought we had a lot of pretty good chances in the second half. I thought we had the better of the round of play and they had a couple half chances. It was not a good enough effort from all of us, I think, at home. Especially the first half, I thought the second half was better, but everyone’s got to be better from start to finish, myself included.
I think we just came out in the second half and were a bit livelier and getting forward a bit more. I don’t know what it was in the first half, but it just didn’t seem like we were into it from the first whistle.
By this point, I’m pretty much used to it. I’m not first, second year in the league anymore. I’m five years in, so it’s nothing new for me. Whenever I’m called upon I’m more than willing and ready to play. Hopefully we begin to get better results.
They told me earlier in the week I was playing today.
I don’t know if there’s just one certain thing that’s off. I think if you look at the second half, we had a couple good, legitimate chances for a goal. It was just unfortunate we didn’t finish them. I mean we have to take the positives away and try and build on that. Obviously, we have to try and make this place very difficult for people to come in and play, so we can’t drop points at home. It’s got to be better from everyone all around.
It’s frustrating (losing on late goals in both his starts this season). There’s no other way to put it. I don’t think we gave away a whole lot, and they get a half chance in the 85th minute and we’re punished for not moving forward with our chances. It’s definitely frustrating.
I don’t think it’s added pressure. I don’t think we look at it like that. I think if you talk to any of the guys, we’re going to go out and do our job the same every time it’s possible. Every time we go out, we’re trying to get a clean sheet and I think that we’ve done really well in the back this year. Little things here and there that we can improve on, but I definitely think there’re positives to be taken and move forward with.
Yeah … you know, we’re only four games in and it’s a really long season. Thirty games to go, so we have time. There are definitely positives where we can pick those things up and add a couple more things. We’re going to be fine. I think there’re good enough players on this team. We have experience. I think we have what we need here to win and I think it’s only going to get better.”
I would rather get right back to it. Coming off a loss at home, I would think the guys are definitely going to be itching to get right back on the field and try to get more points (instead of having a bye week).
New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez
It was a tough game. We were all trying to fight for the three points right here at home. I don’t think anyone wanted to give it up and we just kept fighting and fighting. We had our chances and, of course, they just had one chance and they finish it off.
We got a nice speech at halftime saying that we need to work harder and our possession was slow enough. We came out in the second half trying to get a better possession and try getting the three points.
I’m really comfortable [playing on the left wing]. I like going one on one against defenders or moving around, especially when you have a lot of good players like Juan (Toja) and Lee (Nguyen) and Ryan (Guy) and Jerry (Bengtson) up top. We can move around and get open.
I was loving it [the playing time]. I got 80-something minutes and it felt like I had been playing for a while. The training’s been well for me so once I stepped on the field it was game-on for me.
Really, I think we are all trying so hard to get that three points and the goals. The keepers are just making good saves. We are trying everything we can, we’re crossing, we’re trying to get into the box. Someone needs to step up and try scoring that goal and then I think once we get it, I think we’ll be all set.
No, I don’t think we are trying too hard. I think any team that is 0-0 and you want to get the victory I think especially at home you want to go for it. Either you take out a defender and you put another forward, or you do something else to try and get more attackers.
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
There is always the frustration when you are controlling a game, and I thought the first half we did a very good job controlling it. Second half, we were just a little bit anxious to try to get that killer ball. That is probably what you mean by the frustrations. When we were doing that and they weren’t happening and then they starting finding much more space and we started getting stretched out a little bit. But I thought we created enough chances to score a goal. In the second half, I thought they started creating some good chances for themselves. Frustration is something that we’ll have to continue to look at videos and see what we can improve on.
I think a big part is that the team really enjoys each other. You never know how important team chemistry is until you lose it. I thought we struggled with that the last year and a half. This year I think the guys are really playing for each other. They’re working for each other, they are following directions. They are having great training.
For us it was, well obviously Blas (Perez) scoring the game winner, a very good player. He played two games last week with Panama and he came back a little bit banged up. I think (Jerry) Bengtson, didn’t he play two games as well for Honduras? So we wanted to rest him the best we could. But what a great substitute to be making, a player of that quality. Then Je-Vaughn (Watson) came in and it helped us a little bit on the flank because Fabian (Castillo) was getting a little tired. Bobby (Warshaw) came in and just kind of anchored things down for us. Jair (Benitez) got a little bit of a hamstring strain. I think you saw Michel a very good central midfielder, but he is really a left full back. Very happy to come here, a difficult place to play and come out with the result.
I have such a great respect for Lee (Nguyen). He came out of Dallas, very good player, we’ve have known him since he was 12 years of age. Very technical, good vision, probably one of the better passers in the league. But we also know that he likes to come into the middle. He goes out wide, comes in the middle. Today his passes were good, but I think our defense was shutting down the targets. He is a dangerous player. That was kind of a goofy consequence there where our two defenders both going for the same ball and the ball slipping through and all of a sudden there goes [Kevin Alston], one on one with the keeper. What a great save from our goal keep Raul (Fernandez). That could have been the game right there …
It was really the same as last week. It was really the same. Blas (Perez) was gone and Raul (Fernandez) was gone. The only change was we made was Chris Seitz started for us in goal. Chris Seitz’s partner just had a baby the other day - 3 o’clock in the morning, so he missed the next day of training, as you would think. We gave him another day off. So for Raul (Fernandez) to step in was good. Probably the only change. I think the substitutes were a little bit different.
What we felt like, we just needed someone fresh up there that could hold the ball a little bit different (than Kenny Cooper). When you bring in a Blas Perez, it does affect the opposition quite a bit. Mentally, you go, wow, OK good, Kenny’s out now here goes Blas. Are you kidding? He adds something a little bit different. I thought we found him a couple times and he could have had another chance and scored.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson
... I thought we did a good job. We moved the ball quickly. Tactically we were very sound we let our attackers do their thing. I thought it was a very sound game for us. [We] gave ourselves a chance to win.”
Yeah obviously it is a good start [to the season]. You want to collect as many points as possible. I think we are doing it in the right manner. It is not just collecting points. I think we are playing well. We are very organized. We are playing to our strengths and we are really working on progressing every week.
Every year is going to be different; everything is going to be different, whether it is good or bad. It is just different. This is a real group here [FC Dallas]. We’ve got everyone pulling for each other. Everyone is excited. Everyone is backing each other up. It is a good feeling. Obviously when you are winning, everything seems easy. I think we believed in ourselves from the beginning. I think it is starting to show, but I think we still have a lot of work to do. We feel good going forward.
FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper
I think the team did well to battle. We’ve gotten off to a great start and this just improved our record. I think it might be the best start in the club’s history. Four and one is great and hopefully we can continue to improve upon it.
It’s a great group of guys and I think from back to front, the team is playing really well with a lot of confidence. Our coaches prepare us really well every week and we have great train sessions. So far, it’s been great. Obviously, it’s still early but hopefully we can keep this form going.
Sometimes calls go for you and sometimes against you. [The called back goal] didn’t go for us, but it’s OK because we got one in the end and the win is the most important thing.
It’s been great. I’m very appreciative to have the opportunity to play again in front of my family and friends. To feel appreciated by the club, as well, is great and I’m really happy to be back.