Dallas Soccer: John Spencer
General thoughts on the game…
I felt we started off well, thought the first 20-25 minutes we did a lot of things right. Ricardo was getting a lot of touches on the ball. At halftime we talked about how Portland would try to add a little more steam and play rough. It was a good result for us considering we were without three of our most important attacking phase players: Fabian Castillo, Brek Shea and David Ferreira. I was really pleased with the effort the boys put in. I was very happy we fought all the way to the last second.
Thoughts on midfielder Bryan Leyva…
He’s a Homegrown player. He has been with us three years and this is the first time he played any minutes. We all felt like he did a very good job, but we may not be able to dodge that bullet if we did not get George John on the field.
Thoughts on the second half…
I just think we are very thin right now. I didn’t want to put a player late in the game and have him try and get into the rhythm of the game. That is why we only used one substitution.
FC Dallas midfielder Bryan Leyva
On his first start…
I felt great. I was happy and excited to get the start. It's something we all look forward to and I was ready and focused. It wasn't expected. I was in the training room getting treatment and coach came up to me and said to be ready and that I was going to start.
On the shot that led to Blas' goal...
I was running forward and I saw Carlos [Rodriguez] was going to cross it early. Since the field was wet, I knew there was a chance the ball might slip and come back to the second post. I was able to get there. I shot it first time across and really thought it was going to go in because the field was wet and it was bouncing. Fortunately, the keeper saved it towards Blas [Perez] and he put it away.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson
General thoughts on the game…
It was a tough game. They are a much-improved team, especially on the road. They have a lot of athleticism. They know what they do well and they come in and do it. They make things difficult. I don't think we had our best game. We played a little bit into them and started playing their game a little bit, but we were missing some big players and we needed other guys to step up. There's a lot to take away from that for sure. Guys worked really hard. Everyone gave their all and no matter what happens, that's something that will drive you throughout the season because you're not going to play well every game.
On the team's defensive effort...
Even when we make adjustments, guys just have a really good understanding of what we're doing defensively. Everyone did a good job defensively.
FC Dallas Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
On battling against the wind…
We were playing against the wind the entire time. We were trying to clear it, trying to get more possession-oriented and they continued to step up. They have some big guys in the back, so anything that we were knocking long, they were able to win those balls. They have some ridiculous athleticism in the midfield. They were picking up a ton of second balls and they continued to come at us. We battled. We had a couple of opportunities there. They probably had more of the opportunities in the second half and I hate to blame it all on the wind, but certainly, we had more of the opportunities in the first half. So, probably that had a bit to do with the wind as well.
Portland Timbers Head Coach, John Spencer
General thoughts on the game…
We dominated for a long period of time in the second half. The difference between the first half and the second half was that we started to believe in ourselves. We started to play a little more up tempo, but then I also think our guys got a little fatigued at the end.
Thoughts on the season so far…
It has been a good start to the season. We played two quality teams and if our guys believe in themselves as much as me and my coaches do, we’ll make it two playoffs.
Portland goalkeeper Tony Perkins
General thoughts on the match…
The last 15 minutes of the first half we really started getting possession and momentum for us. We had a lot of chances on goal and maybe on a better day it goes our way. The second half with the wind at our back, especially with that kind of wind, it helps. You are able to get out of your own half with a long ball.
On playing against FC Dallas…
We knew they were going to come right at us and we wanted to turn it right back around and take it back at them. Obviously, we didn’t do that at the beginning, but we weathered the storm pretty well at some times at other times we did not.
On the difference between the team last season and in 2012…
There is a big maturity level increase this year as compared to last year. Last year we had almost the same start. They come flying at us and we walk into the half you know not even having touched the ball really. If they are pressing and pressing you don’t want to play the ball right back to a guy who’s been running for the last 15 minutes. It’s just taking the wind out of the play putting your foot on the ball and getting it up.
Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe
General thoughts on the game…
Everyone came out with a lot of energy. It’s as simple as that. The first half we didn’t has as much energy. When we play with energy we play well as a team. We had more energy the second half. Guys were buzzing around a little bit more after the first 30 minutes. We just came out there with more energy with them and we controlled the game.
On the goal…
I just saw the ball go up while I was dropping back. Once it hit the other team I knew I was onsides, so then I just tried to finish. I was in the right place at the right time. It was nothing special. There was no one in front of me it was just me and the goalie.
On team this year…
Guys are more mature. Before we even came on the road, guys are playing more together. We are a better team this year.
Portland midfielder Eric Alexander
On the team this year…
The focus is a little higher [than last year] as well as our belief in each other. We have a talented group of guys who can get it done on the road. There are still better games to come.
On the season so far…
We took four points from teams that made the playoffs last year, so we’re pretty happy. It would have been nice to win. It’s a good result for being on the road.
Excellent performance tonight by FC Dallas against a very good team that has two good strikers and a team that plays a lot off free kicks and corner kicks. They had scored 18 goals total on restarts so it was something we were careful with.
Our players all stepped up tonight. You can’t put your finger on any one who was exceptional. They all had a good game. We need those types of performances to continue to get those three points [each game].
We went with one striker, Chavez who worked hard and made those runs. I thought Jackson and Brek had good performances on the flanks. In the second half, Eric Alexander came to light with some nice runs and penetrating passes. Our defense had a shutout. [It was] just a very, very good team performance.
On the two goals off set pieces…
We made a change with Daniel Hernandez on services. Those two goals were great. I didn’t think we were getting the best out of services and we wanted to put someone there who could knock a dangerous ball in.
On George John’s goal …
We seem to do really well when our defenders score a goal. I think there is a lot of determination. The guys rally around it. Our defense showed great determination. When you look at the night Kenny (Cooper) had tonight was really not effective. Everywhere he went there was someone determined to stop him from getting a shot off.
Coach Hyndman post game...
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
On the Dallas Inferno "Hartman. Legend." Poster…
It kind of makes me embarrassed because I don't think of myself that way, but I love the picture and I love the fact that I have that kind of support. It really means a lot to me.
On another shutout…
It's one of those things where we're back to a goal a game. We've had some barn burners -- we gave up four against [Sporting] Kansas City and we gave up three last time we played against Portland. I think overall it puts us in good shape to be giving up about a goal a game.
On others helping out in the scoring department…
When we found out Fabian wasn't going to be here on Monday afternoon, it was something we had to figure out how we were going to go about the lineup for the weekend. The guys had a reserve game away in West Texas on Tuesday and they didn't get back for Wednesday training, so we really only had Thursday and Friday to work as a group. I thought the guys performed pretty admirably and dealt with the situation.
FC Dallas defender George John
On team's determination…
The last game we played [at home] we got smoked by [Sporting] Kansas City, so we wanted to make a point today and treat our fans to a win. We wanted to prove that this is our home field and it's tough to beat us out here.
On his goal…
We were getting quite a few corners at that point of the game and I knew Daniel [Hernandez] was trying to find me. I was fighting for position and was able to get my head on the ball. At first, I thought it went in, but no one confirmed it then I saw Ugo [Ihemelu] laughing, so I was pretty sure it was a goal after that. It was good to get a goal.
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez
On the scoring outburst…
I think there were several guys who really had excellent games. I think they stepped up and as a whole we all played a great game. We kept putting the pressure on Portland. It's a tough place to play with the heat and I thought everyone who participated tonight did a great job.
Hernandez post game...
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
On his first MLS goal…
I was just really excited and happy. Daniel [Hernandez] played a great ball to the back post and I basically just had to jump and put my head on it. I was very happy with the goal and happy with the result tonight.
Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer
Thoughts on the game
I thought we were very poor. From the first moment to the last, we never matched them at all, never got close to them, never tackled them, never ran with them, just a poor, poor performance.
After tonight, you return home to face Sporting Kansas City, what do you all have to do to get back on the right track?
It’s awesome. We return home and we are so good at home. You have to be a man to play on the road. You’ve got to man up and be strong. Most of these teams are going to be ready for you and Dallas was tonight.
What was the difference in tonight’s game?
They score four and we never (scored). They had more shots on goals than us. Their players were running and moving off the ball better than we did from the start to the finish and played with a lot more confidence and desire than we did.
What are your thoughts about this Dallas team?
I think they have some tremendous forward players on their team. They have four to five players that can change the pace of the game. They can cover 50 to 60 yards in a blink of an eye and when you’ve got pace like that along with a natural talent like Brek Shea and (Marvin) Chavez, they are going to cause you problems. If you don’t run with this Dallas team, track them and be physical with them and match their energy levels, they are going to do what that did to us tonight.
Kenny Cooper- Portland Timbers Forward
Thoughts on tonight’s game
It was disappointing honestly. It was definitely not the result we were looking for, so it was definitely disappointing.
What do you all need to do to ride the ship on the road?
I believe in this group that we have. I have a lot of confidence in our coaches and my teammates and I believe we are going to get back on track and hopefully we can do that next week.
Mamadou Danso- Portland Timbers Defender
General thoughts on the game
I feel like they were a better team today. I feel like in the first half both of the teams didn’t play to their best of ability but they finished their chances. They were definitely the better team in the 90 minutes.
How do you regroup going back home next week vs. Sporting KC?
We have to quickly turnaround and get it out of our heads and try to move on to the Kansas City game. They came here [Dallas] and won here so they are going to have that courage coming in to our place to play well. We should not lose back to back games. We haven’t won a game in five games so we have to get off to a good start to the second half of the season.
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