• Homegrown forward Jesús Ferreira scored his 15th goal of the season. 
  • Ferreira joins FC Cincinnati’s Brandon Vázquez as the first American strikers to reach 15 goals in a season since 2017.
  • Goalkeeper Maarten Paes recorded his seventh shutout of the season. 
  • MLS Box Score

Frisco, Texas (August 17, 2022) – FC Dallas (11-7-9, 42 points) downs the Philadelphia Union (13-4-9, 48 points) 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jesús Ferreira who scored his 15th goal of the season on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium. 

FC Dallas is 8-3-3 at home following tonight’s 1-0 win and is unbeaten in four matches (W3 D1) since July 16. FC Dallas improves to 5-0-3 when scoring the first goal at Toyota Stadium in 2022. 

Ferreira has scored the opening goal in six MLS matches this season. He has a team-high 15 goals in 2022, three goals off Kenny Cooper and Jason Kreis’ club record for the most goals scored in a season. Cooper and Kreis netted 18 goals during the 2008 and 1998 seasons, respectively. Ferreira is tied for second, along with Cincinnati’s Brandon Vázquez, in the 2022 MLS Golden Boot race. 

FC Dallas improves to 7-0-1 when hosting Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas has scored nine goals and conceded one over the five-game winning streak against the Union. Philadelphia’s 0.13 points per match at Dallas is its lowest at any team it's visited at least once.

FC Dallas visits GEODIS Park for the first time ever to take on Nashville SC on Sunday, August 21. The match kicks off at 7:30PM CT (TXA 21, KMPX-29, FCDTV Network, Talk Radio 1190AM KFXR and TUDN 1270AM).

HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union | August 17, 2022


Head Coach Nico Estévez_
On the Paul Arriola and Jesús Ferreira partnership…
“It’s not just them two only, Alan Velasco and other teammates are always looking for each other. Paul (Arriola) and Jesús (Ferreira) have quite some time playing together, so they know each other off the ball as well. It's great for us to have players like that, but adding players like Alan, (Sebastian) Lletget, Paxton (Pomykal), Tsiki (Ntsabeleng) and also Marco (Farfan) who has helped a lot tremendously. We are combining more, and all the work that we have done since the beginning of the year is starting to show. It helps us earn wins.”

On the team’s performance tonight…
“Defensively we closed all the gaps and we were all joined as a unit tonight. They are a team that likes to attack from the sides and create width on the field. They send in crosses or they like to build up combining from the back. Once we closed the gap in the middle we forced them outwards and that’s where we also dominated the game. Our positioning on the field was exceptional tonight. We were very compact and we barely left them any space for them to do much. I believe that they are a team that likes to play fast and us counter attacking makes them slow their rhythm.”

Winger Paul Arriola

On the match…
“The great thing I think about where we're at collectively as a team right now is, it's always a team first, you know, I think the way that we play is much, much bigger than than one specific player. Obviously, Jesús is such a key player for our team. Obviously, scoring so many goals for us doing a lot of things. I always talk about what he does on and off the ball. But yeah, we have guys that are hungry, obviously, we have you know, younger guys, we have Franco, who I'm sure will get another chance. And, you know, it's just another way for us to kind of show that we're more than just one player at FC Dallas, so it's another challenge, but I think it's something that we're gonna look forward to.

On the buildup play that led to the goal…
“To be honest with you it's something we've been doing all year you know, it's just part of our system. Trying to get behind the opposing team obviously, tonight it helped us a little more because we knew their full backs we're gonna have to release. For us it is nothing new. It's just continually doing it. Often times I'm making that run and not getting the ball because the fullbacks are following me, but it's consistent movement. Putting Seba (Sebastian Lletget) in there has helped a lot obviously, he knows exactly what to do to be a part of that and I thought Ema (Twumasi) had a tremendous game. I think our right side has really been moving in the right direction, that chemistry amongst all of us and Jesús has been great, and you have guys like Alan (Velasco) and Paxton (Pomykal) who are just dominating the left side of the field. So really, really happy with the all-around chemistry..”

Midfielder Sebastian Lletget

On the win over Philadelphia…
“It’s very encouraging for this group. It boosts our confidence, it proves something we already know that we can play against the top teams and beat them. We can use our style of play and show our character. I’m super happy for the group. We got a quick turnaround with Nashville and it’s going to be another tough team.”

On starting in the midfield with Paxton Pomykal…
“We honestly were waiting for it. Obviously we’ve waited for him to get healthy again. I have played against him, I've played with him at national team camps and he's a top talent. Honestly it was a joy playing with him and we just keep building on it.”

Forward Jesús Ferreira

Closing in on FC Dallas’ all-time single-season scoring record of 18 goals…
“It would be an amazing feeling. I’m always trying to break records here at the club, it’s the club I watched growing up. To be able to be in the history books for the club that I love and grew up watching would be amazing.”

On what he saw before his goal…
“The play before I talked to Paul (Arriola) and any time that he’s on a break away, the defenders always run towards their goal and leave the top of the box open. I always want to come late to support him and that’s exactly what he did. He read the play and waited for me to get there and I just took a touch and hit it.”