FRISCO - In his first start in ten matches, Michel reminded everyone of why he’s been such a huge part of this team over the last three seasons.
The Brazilian came off the bench to record his second “olimpico” goal of his career straight from a corner kick while adding an assist in FCD’s 2-1 win over NYCFC.
“We are a team. We are a team that is made up of professionals who are contributing to a unit and they don’t have individuals,” said Oscar Pareja when asked what Michel’s performance showed him. “This team is made up of people who work to make things happen for a club they want to be in and Michel stepped up with a big performance from a player I respect a lot.”
Indeed, based on tonight’s performance if someone had told you Michel hadn’t seen the field since mid-June, you wouldn’t have believed them. Pareja likes to say that the game rewards people who deserve it and for a player who the FCD coach said was in his “best physical fitness,” a game-winning goal was just desserts for work put in through the hot summer months.
“Work,” said Michel on how he stays in top shape despite not playing. “Work every day and enjoying every minute on the field which is why I had a good performance tonight.”
It’s now three wins in a row for FC Dallas who are keeping pace at the top of the MLS standings as they get set to go out on a two-match road trip at Kansas City and Los Angeles that could decide whether they will compete for the Supporters’ Shield this season. On this night, for a team built on youth, it was a veteran who made the difference.
“We never know when the opportunity is coming,” said Michel. “Yesterday Victor [Ulloa] was ready to play and today he wasn’t so I waited for my chance and every time the coach and team needs me I’m ready to help this team and I’m so glad about tonight.”