FC Dallas draws 2-2 against San Jose Earthquakes
FC Dallas extends home unbeaten streak to nine games at Toyota Stadium
FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, April 9) – FC Dallas (3-1-2, 11 points) came from behind twice to tie San Jose, 2-2, tonight at Toyota Stadium.
San Jose struck first in just the fourth minute when Simon Dawkins played a ball up the left flank to speedy forward Quincy Amarikwa. The California native picked his head up and found Alberto Quintero open at the back post. The late run by the midfielder put him in perfect position to capitalize and Quintero cracked a first touch shot just inside the post to put the Earthquakes up 1-0.
Dallas tilted possession in its favor for the next 23 minutes of action and earned four consecutive corner kicks between the 27th and 29th minutes. Referee Alan Kelly let play continue after Dallas forward Maxi Urruti was knocked to the ground by Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham following the home side’s fifth corner of the match.
Seven minutes later, Kelly pointed to the spot after a trio of passes put right back Ryan Hollingshead in on goal. Tesho Akindele started the play, bringing down a long pass out of the back and pushing the ball inside to Michael Barrios. Barrios led Hollingshead with a pass into the area with his first touch but San Jose’s Shaun Francis clipped the defender’s heels, forcing Kelly to make the call.
Akindele stepped to the spot to take the kick and sent Bingham the wrong direction before tying the match, 1-1, with a shot to the goalkeeper’s right side. The goal is the second of the season for Akindele, who now has a goal or an assist in his last three despite coming off the bench in two of those matches.
San Jose took a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute on a goal scored by Chris Wondolowski. The striker’s 113th MLS goal was set up by Amarikwa, who grabbed control of the ball near midfield, ran at the Dallas’ back four and slipped a pass inside for Wondolowski’s well-timed run. In alone on goal, Wondolowski pushed a simple first-touch past FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to take the lead.
Dallas responded quickly and tied the match again in the 62nd minute. Following a corner kick taken by substitute Mauro Rosales, Walker Zimmerman fought to keep the ball alive in San Jose’s third of the pitch. Eventually, the ball came to Urruti who sent a looping cross to the back post for Fabian Castillo. The winger blew by a defender before centering a pass that was intercepted by San Jose defender Victor Bernardez. Unfortunately for San Jose, the big defender’s clearance attempt was straight at goal, beating Bingham to his left side to level the match.
Urruti kept up the pressure for the home side and headed a shot off the crossbar after a Bingham save in the 69th minute.
Bingham made another outstanding save on an attempt hammered low towards the near post by defender Maynor Figueroa in the 71st minute.
Dallas’ Carlos Gruezo whistled a shot just over the bar on the final kick of the match as the teams finished locked at two goals apiece.
SJ: Alberto Quintero (Quincy Amarikwa, Simon Dawkins) 4
DAL: Tesho Akindele (PK) 36
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Quincy Amarikwa) 55
DAL: own goal (Victor Bernardez) 62
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Fabian Castillo (Victor Ulloa 80), Kellyn Acosta (Mauro Rosales 60), Carlos Gruezo, Michael Barrios, Tesho Akindele (Atiba Harris 84), Maxi Urruti.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Zach Loyd, Juan Esteban Ortiz, Carlos Lizarazo.
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Andres Imperiale, Shaun Francis, Alberto Quintero (Shea Salinas 77), Fatai Alashe, Tommy Thompson, Simon Dawkins (Innocent Emeghara 90), Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa (Adam Jahn 88).
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Matheus Silva, Matias Perez Garcia, Kofi Sarkodie.
DAL: Kellyn Acosta (caution) 14
DAL: Carlos Gruezo (caution) 31
SJ: Fatai Alashe (caution) 41
DAL: Mauro Rosales (caution) 84
DAL: Maynor Figueroa (caution) 87
Referee: Alan Kelly.
AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Eric Weisbrod.
Fourth: Marcos de Oliveira
Weather: Cloudy, 63
Attendance: 13, 386
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FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
(It was a) difficult game for us. I thought it was very direct, more than we want, more than we are used to playing. We knew that with our structure and our formation, eventually, the game would come off more direct than usual, but I think both teams started to look for an avenue and it caused us in the middle to get more rhythm and put more combinations together until in the second half we settled. I thought the team was a little more crafty to create options in the second half and the intensity and the character to win was there. That’s what I love about this team. The team just shows you over and over that we’re a team that battles until the end. The last 10-15 minutes I thought it was a game where both teams were getting tired, but all-in-all a difficult one for both. I have to say that we deserved more in the second half, but also we found a team that was pushing and I have to take the point today.
On coming away with one point instead of three…
I have to praise the character of this team knowing that this point will help us in the standings. It’s going to be a difficult season for sure. I’m disappointed because at home we should get all three points. This team has been strong here, physical. In the last two games, we have given up points, but at the same time I have to respect the rivals. Columbus and San Jose are good teams and today was a battle. The game could go either way. I’ll take the point, (but) with the disappointment that we always have (with a draw) because at home, we need to win.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele
On contributing a goal or assist in three straight matches…
That is my job, to score goals. To come in and, when I can, create chances. That is my mindset every game. I need to make something happen. I’m just glad I did tonight.
On fighting back to get a tie…
It’s important that we can show that mentality but honestly, we don’t want to be in that position, where we are down at home. We feel like we should be beating every team at home – that we are good enough to do that. There is a little bit of disappointment.
It’s going to be a tough week, two in-conference games. We’ll be battling. We’ll be ready. Our training staff and our fitness coach will take care of us. We’ll be ready.
On preparing to play without Mauro Diaz…
It gave us some time to work on designed plays. The play that we earned the penalty kick on was a perfect example. I tried to get in behind and play it off to people. Ryan [Hollingshead] got through [and earned the PK]. It gave us some time to work through how to get behind them.
On his relationship with Fabian Castillo, Michael Barrios and Maxi Urruti on the field…
Those relationships build over time and players change too so even if you have a great relationship, you need to keep playing with those players to learn what they are doing differently. It’s an ongoing process.
FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Rosales
On changing the game after coming on for Kellyn Acosta in the 60th minute…
I tried to push the team forward. I tried to get into the pockets that they were giving us. I tried to make an impact on the game, but it was more about the mentality of the group. We pushed because we were behind and we needed to get points. Our mentality, working every day to win games against these types of teams… Tough teams in our conference… You always have to get points. We are not happy with the result. We should have won today. We had a game that we gave away some goals easily. We have to work on that.
FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman
General thoughts on the match…
Very hard-fought game by both teams. A lot of running, a lot of tackles and a lot of physical play. I don’t know that we are thrilled with the result. We didn’t like going down a goal early. That was unfortunate for us. Credit our guys for fighting back, twice. But we are all wishing that we came away with three points.
On playing against Quincy Amarikwa who had a goal and an assist tonight…
He is an interesting player because even though he is a shorter player, he is very physical, very strong. He uses his body well. He has really come on lately as a dynamic player in MLS. He had a good game tonight. His second assist was really good, in particular.
On heading to Portland on Wednesday…
We are starting to develop a rivalry with Portland. They put us out last season in the playoffs, to go to MLS Cup. So we have to go up there and focus on getting a result in a tough, tough environment, but we’re ready for it.
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dom Kinnear
We gave up the lead twice. They’re a good team. They created chances. We created some chances too. We were a little bit loose in our final pass sometimes. We were breaking, which kind of led to pressure being kept on us, but overall, happy with the point. (It’s a) tough place to play, a good team, and I thought we had some real good moments.
On the penalty call…
It was probably a penalty, and I don’t think any of our players complained, so I think the referee was probably right.
On the difference between coming away with one point versus three…
The goals were kind of funny. I thought at a point there, their second goal, they were applying a lot of pressure, and we just couldn’t get out. I think we should have had a goal kick when they had a corner, and that applied more pressure. They brought on Mauro Rosales and one thing he certainly does, he serves a great ball in a set piece situation. They had some big boys attacking the ball, so we really couldn’t get out. But then, after that, it was good. I thought we showed some great determination. We almost got through with Alberto Quintero. Chris Seitz comes out and makes a great play on him, and then we had a couple of chances late in the game. I’m not going to say we were all over them. That’s not the case. I’m not blind. But, I’m happy that the guys showed tremendous fight and weren’t afraid to play tonight.
On the play of Quincy Amarikwa…
Quincy has been having a good season for us and his numbers show that. He’s a handful. He can hold people up. He can stretch the defense a little bit, like he did with the first goal. We just want him and Chris to play kind of close together because we feel it’s better for us, and when they did, good things happened for us.
San Jose Earthquakes defender Marvell Wynne
On his team’s defensive effort tonight…
Would you rather beat yourself today, or a team picks you apart and they got two goals on their own? As defenders we feel like we did enough to possibly even have a shutout tonight, but things happen and that’s the game.
On the defensive game plan versus the speed of FC Dallas…
We definitely wanted to force them outside, be aware of the speed they have on the flanks, and I believe we stuck to the plan pretty well. It just got away from us.
On withstanding the final offensive push from FC Dallas…
That storm at the end is never easy. When you’re away, the home team wants to get those points at home so they’re going to push as much as they can forward while we’re trying not to just turtle back there and get a win ourselves. The fact that we were able to withstand it says something, but we believe that we should have had more.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski
On tonight’s game…
Soccer’s a funny game. They played well. They’re a good team and a very good team at home. But it’s always frustrating to lose the lead twice. You always think you let some slip, but at the same time, it’s all right to get one [point] on the road.
On the performance of goalkeeper David Bingham…
He and the defense played real well. David had a couple of huge saves to keep us in the game. It’s hard to say I’m surprised now – I see him do that every day in practice and in games. It was a great job and he’s a great goalkeeper.
I thought our defense played well in front of him. Marvell (Wynne) had a great game, and so did the back line – Victor (Bernardez) and Andreas (Imperiale) – and that always helps out.
On pressing for the winning goal rather than pulling back late…
That’s always our mentality. We always want to get three points. No matter where we are. There were times we could have just dropped back and tried to defend, but we kept pressing and looking for a winner. It showed in Dom’s substitutions – he brought in Innocent, Shea (Salinas) and Adam (Jahn), offensive subs to try to make a difference. I love it.
It’s frustrating we couldn’t get a winner, but it’s good we at least got a point.