WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oscar Pareja said it was a "next man up" mentality for his squad heading into Saturday's match at D.C. United with seven players missing due to international duty, and his depth delivered.
With some help from familiar faces and some fresh faces, FC Dallas won their first road match of the season, 3-0, in the nation's capital.
"It just shows the heart, passion and work ethic that the team has and the mentality that we have," said debutant Homegrown defender Aaron Guillen. "We come out here every time to win and our goal is to win the cup."
Two FC Dallas players made their MLS debuts with Guillen playing 90 minutes in his MLS debut while 2016 draft pick Timo Pitter also saw his first action as a professional coming on in the 81st minute. It was another huge win for Dallas and the final step in proving the heavy defeat at Houston a fortnight ago was a fluke.
"The guys that debuted today did an excellent job. Aaron Guillen and Timo Pitter came out and helped us. That is great," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "We were missing players for sure, but the challenge always brings you opportunity. Those opportunities are taken by the ones who are prepared."
Once again it was a complete performance on both ends of the pitch. Maxi Urruti is now tied for the MLS lead in goals while Mauro Diaz leads MLS with four assists. On the defensive end, FCD now has three shutouts in four matches this season and will carry a two-match shutout streak into two straight games at Toyota Stadium.
"We’ve been working a lot on it through preseason and the beginning of the season," said Chris Seitz who, in his season debut, earned a clean sheet and PK save. "Three clean sheets in four games is really impressive so we’re going to continue to build and pick it apart and learn from it."