FRISCO, Texas (May 6, 2023) – FC Dallas’ match against St. Louis CITY SC on Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather. The game was halted at the 50th minute mark at 8:49 PM. Additional information on the 2023 MLS Match Delay, Postponement, Cancellation and Forfeiture Policy is available here.
The first half of the match was a hard fought, scoreless contest in the drizzle as Dallas recorded two shots on target to St. Louis’ one. FC Dallas won more duels (36-30) and out tackled (7-6) CITY.\
FC Dallas starts its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition on Wednesday against Nashville SC at 7:30 PM. The match will be streamed on the Bleacher Report app and on YouTube and available on radio, the FC Dallas App and TUDN 1270AM.
FC Dallas — Maarten Paes; Geovane Jesus, Sebastien Ibeagha, José Martínez,Marco Farfan; Facundo Quignon, Paxton Pomykal, Sebastian Lletget; Jáder Obrian, Jesús Ferreira, Paul Arriola (Jesús Jiménez – 23’).
Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, Ema Twumasi, Sam Junqua, Nolan Norris, Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Edwin Cerrillo, Bernard Kamungo, Alan Velasco.
St. Louis CITY SC — Roman Bürki; Jake Nerwinski, Tim Parker, Lucas Bartlett, John Nelson; Indiana Vassilev, Eduard Löwen, Miguel Perez, Tomás Ostrák; Célio Pompeu, Nicholas Gioacchini.
Substitutes not used — Ben Lundt, Njabulo Blom, Jared Stroud, Josh Yaro, Selmir Pidro, Akil Watts, Kyle Hiebert, Aziel Jackson, Isak Jensen.
STL: Nicholas Gioacchini (caution) – 25’
STL: Tomás Ostrák (caution) – 45’+3’
STL: Tim Parker (caution) – 47’
Weather: Cloudy, 82°F
Attendance: 19,096 (sellout)
POSTGAME QUOTES FC DALLAS
Head Coach Nico Estévez
On how the postponement affects preparation for upcoming games…
“It affects us a little bit because we wanted to train after the game today in order to have the players who didn’t play have a good session tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday we’ll prepare for the Open Cup game because we cannot give them off the whole week because of that game. We’re going to train with the guys who didn’t play today and do a recovery for the players who did. The good thing is we will be rested, we played less than Nashville today. For us it's also a good thing because we can prepare and have everyone available.”
On keeping the players focused during the rain delay…
“The important thing is to have different plans. Because we need food, like energy bars. Some guys needed treatment and we had all that planned. While the fitness coaches were doing that, we as a staff were reviewing the first half. We got some clips from last year, a game where an opponent who plays similar to St. Louis to find things that worked really well. We had a meeting with the team to show them the clips from the first half to give them a better perspective on how they were playing.”
On the decision to call the game being the right one…
“I think so. The lightning wasn’t going away until 1AM. Sometimes, and I’ve had this in Columbus, you know the length of the lightning is shorter and you’ll wait. But here that wasn’t happening. Twice they told us that we were going to go warm up in a few minutes but then there was lightning. I think it was the best decision, families and people who had worked today can go home earlier with a proper plan.”