It took 92 minutes but FC Dallas found a way.
Blas Perez showed incredible reflexes to redirect Moises Hernandez's shot past Earthquakes' goalkeeper David Bingham to open the 2015 season with a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. They always knew the goals would come.
“The team that plays hard and keeps trying to score a goal deserves the win,” FC Dallas midfielder Michel said. “It is so crazy when you score a goal in the last minute in these kinds of games. We have to keep playing this way- playing hard and working hard.”
While it was largely a defensive game, FC Dallas played the majority of the second half in San Jose’s defensive third. Seven of Dallas’ shots came in the second half and three of them came inside the 83rd minute.
“I think it shows that we never give up,” FC Dallas midfielder Tesho Akindele said. “I always felt like we were going to score the whole time. I felt that we were going to score a goal and we did. I think it’s just a huge testament to our team and the kind of mentality that Oscar [Pareja] has put into us.”
Pareja is only in his second season as head coach of FC Dallas, but his tenacity and fighting spirit has already rubbed off on the club.
“This has been the best experience I have had in my life in soccer- coaching this group,” Oscar said. "The way they battle every day and what happened today- I’d rather have scored in the first half, but this is what they are. They are fighters and they are winners. They are players that are going to fight for this franchise.”