Quotes: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids | 10.7.17

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

General thoughts on the match…

Well at his point obviously we need to add the three points and keep looking for that spot in the playoffs, which makes it harder when we don’t get the three points. At the same time, the evaluation of the game is positive. I see the team with the determination to go to the front. In the first half, we were a little bit passive in certain moments. Colorado gets a play when we lose concentration and they score, but after that I thought we controlled the game. We were protagonist of the game all the time. We had all the ball. Our possession and the way we treated chances were very good. We started missing that last touch that can punish things. At the end of the day, that's what gives you points. Second half was much better. We found our way to score a goal with Atiba [Harris]. We created some other chances in a place that it is difficult to play. It is a place that is hard. The boys had a great effort today. Once again, we keep fighting. We keep moving. We added a point. At this time it may seem like not enough, but today, we’re in there and the credit the players.

On what needs to improve…

I have to say that we have to get better at with urgency in the last third. We were getting the ball there frequently. We had the movement and the volume of the passing in the middle, but we needed that punch. We needed to just make that last pass in the last third, the last shot that could give us the goal but we got much better in the second half.

What does the team need?

Points. Points. Points. We have six points to play for. The other teams need to go get the guarantee. The qualification is there. Now, we have the faith. We have the belief we can do it. The boys are fighting for a chance. We will keep going, but we need to add points. We still have two games.

FC Dallas Defender Atiba Harris

On tonight’s match…

It was kind of a strange game I think, from the get go we knew exactly what we wanted to do. We got the ball long and some guys tried to get the second ball but then they got the goal. Overall I think we had a lot of possession, created some chances up front but we couldn’t get the final touch in. We got a goal on the set piece and I think we take the point.

 On Javier Morales impact…

I think he’s really quick with his mobility, he always wants the ball. Obviously set pieces, he’s been on them for a long time and we know he can put the ball in the perfect spot.

On goal and playoffs…

It’s good for us going down to the last two games and we got to put us in a playoff spot and keep going from there. 

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