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Schmid: "A good game for the fans"

Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after his club's 4-2 win over FC Dallas"

On the game: “Obviously a good game for the fans—exciting game. You never want to squander a two-goal lead, but we knew they were dangerous on set pieces. We lost our mark on the first one and obviously Michel hits a great ball on the second and Michael [Gspurning] got tied up. The timeliness of our third goal was really vital and…we continued to get opportunities. The red card I think was justified—if you saw Leo [Gonzalez]’s eye, you would know it’s justified. Now it’s just a situation of us continuing to do what we’ve been doing over the last few games and carry it forward. The guys know what they have to do, they know how they have to play now to win games.” On winning at home: “We want to win our games at home. That’s super important. Being able to measure ourselves against a first place team in our conference is important. Being able to show that once our weapons are healthy that we can score goals on the offensive end was another important factor, as well. We’re trying to use the abilities of the guys we have. We’re using our speed so we’re attacking a little more direct. We also knew this was a team that we could be direct against—we could get behind them centrally and we did that often in the first half. We had a couple of opportunities to get more goals. They had some opportunities, as well, off their set pieces.” On the play of Mario Martinez and Shalrie Joseph: “Both of them didn’t get 90. Martinez subbed out and we subbed Joseph on. I thought Martinez played well. We made the change there just because, again, we felt we needed to get a little bit bigger on the field because that was their major danger, so we brought in Obafemi and moved Lamar to midfield. It was tough for Shalrie to go in to the game because he really didn’t get to warm up or anything and he had to get right into the game as a replacement for Ozzie, so because he’s an experience player, he was able to find the game pretty quickly.” On the play of Lamar Neagle: “He’s done well everywhere we’ve put him. The last goal we got—the Obafemi goal—the ball he crosses in to Eddie Johnson is tremendous, and Eddie is unlucky with the header. He’s played on the flank for us before, that’s where he’s done it, but he’s done well for us up front. As the season goes on, we know there’s time we’re going to miss Eddie and so forth so he’s definitely a major alternative for us up front.”