FRISCO - FC Dallas impressed on the field with a convincing 2-0 win against Philadelphia, but what happened after goals gained a lot of attention too.
The first scoring play of the match came on a fast break from Fabian Castillo. The first player to join the Colombian after the goal was Maxi Urruti, who urged him to sit down. Then Maxi sat behind him, with Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Kellyn Acosta and Carlos Gruezo joining in a row to form a make believe rowing-boat.
Further investigation into the celebration shows that the rowing boat was planned in advance.
“It was planned,” said Fabian Castillo. “Fortunately we scored so we could do it. People will have to get used to seeing [this type of celebrations] because we’re going to try to surprise them every time with something different.”
The other architect in the celebration was newcomer Maxi Urruti.
“A few days before, we were confident that we were going to score, and we agreed that whoever did, we would do [the rowing boat],” the Argentinean forward said. “Truth is coordination wasn’t the best, but it’s the first of many to come, so hopefully we’ll score a lot so that we do many more soon. Goals have to be celebrated because it’s a moment of joy.”
For a celebration like this, one would think every player involved was in on it. However, Mauro Diaz and a few apparently did not read Castillo and Urruti’s celebration memo.
“We never told Mauro about the celebration,” Castillo laughed off. “In fact, there were a few of them that weren’t informed. Maxi, Barrios and I knew about it, and then Mauro [Diaz], Kellyn and Carlos [Gruezo] joined in when they saw it. It was funny because all of them were sitting down and Mauro came over to hug me and I told him to sit down.”
“Mauro didn’t get it,” confirms Urruti. “I told him: ‘Come sit down, because we’re doing the boat’.”
There’s good news if you liked the rowing boat celebration: there’s more to come soon.
“When you plan a celebration, you want to score 10 times more,” joked Urruti. “But I don’t want to spoil it [by telling you what we’re doing]. It’ll be more enjoyable if it’s a surprise.”
“It’s top secret information that we have for game day,” agrees Castillo. “It has to be a surprise for the fans so that they’re amazed when they see it. We have to talk it over with the guys. Some are thinking about dancing, some are thinking about riding horses. There’s a lot of things we want to do when we score.”
With all the planning that seems to be happening around celebrations, a question begs to be asked: will Oscar Pareja help with training sessions?
“I’m not going to train that,” said Pareja laughing. “I’m going to train how to score. But the boys have developed such a good chemistry and atmosphere around themselves that I’m sure they’re enjoying their time. When they score, they should enjoy it. It’s part of the game.”