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Dallas credits Dempsey after season's first loss

Here's some of what FC Dallas had to say tonight after suffering its first loss of the season, 3-2, to the Sounders:

FC Dallas Head coach Oscar ParejaOverall thoughts on the game…It was a different night obviously with that result but the effort was great for the players and we’re very proud of them. We enjoyed a fantastic game full of talent and full of great players. There was a lot of energy. In the first half, for us and in the second half for Seattle.

During the second half Seattle did a good job. They put us on our heels, and they had some options. They were very effective with those options. But overall, our players did a very good job and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

What was the difference in the second half?There were a couple of factors. First, we dropped our line too much. It may have been instinct because they saw Seattle coming up fast. We started dropping the lines. We could do better on resolving that problem, by playing with different personalities. Those type of things make it difficult.

On Clint Dempsey…We all know that he is a good player who has a lot of talent. Sometimes when he gets in between the lines and finds those pockets, he’s very effective. We have players who were outstanding. I could mention Mauro Diaz and the way that he controlled the game, especially in the first half or David Texeira with his effort and attitude, too.

On David Texeira…It was great for David to score. Great for us to have him involved in the goals and have him contribute with his effort, his tactical discipline, the way he fights for the concepts and his teammates. He had a great game.

Could this loss affect your team?No, no, no. No, of course not. This team is very strong. We’re building. We won against Portland and Houston, Montreal, tied with Kansas City. The first half today we were up 2-1. So, no, this team isn’t going to fall. Now is a great time to keep learning. We have a very strong group, and I’m behind these guys 300 percent. I’m very proud of this team.

On picking up the momentum…I’m going to be quite honest. I could have helped them more in the second half. My boys did a great job on trying to get out of those difficult spots. Really, it comes down to me. I didn’t (perform) as well as they did, and that’s the bottom line.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris SeitzOn the wind…This time of year, we deal with it in training every day. There are no excuses about that. For us, we used it to our advantage in the first half. In the second half, you saw them press us high and force us into playing long. They were also winning a lot of the second balls and locking us in our half.

Did you expect to be a lot busier in the second half than you were in the first?Yes, of course. We knew that they were going to press us in the second half and fight to get back into the game. We lost what we were doing in the first half that was working for us. Give them credit. They came out and really put us under the gun and got some goals out of it.

On Clint Dempsey…He created all three, right? He had a good game last week. We knew he was going to come in here hot. Look… It was a good free kick. The second one was really unlucky for Stephen [Keel]. He just tried to make simple contact and sometimes that happens. And the third one, he ran right at us and really dictated the goal. At the same time, we need to find ways to keep those type of players out of those positions… Limit his options. We’ll go back and watch the video. We have some pretty good guys to play against next week. We can work on it next week and get out the kinks.

On losing the first game of the season… We use this as a learning experience. We’ve taken it one week at a time. We’ve scouted our opponents each week and focused on that game. That is how it is going to continue to go. We’re not going to look ahead to different games. We have a big test at home next week against a very good team.

FC Dallas midfielder Fabian CastilloOn the windy conditions…The wind was a factor in the second half. We had some trouble clearing the ball out of the back. That gave Seattle a little bit of an advantage because the ball was hanging up in the air, especially when Chris [Seitz] was trying to knock a long ball out of the back. But at the same time, we did not hold the ball as well as we should have done in the second half. If we had been able to control the ball better on the ground, the wind would not have been as big a factor. We should have been better in taking advantage of our ability to control the ball on the ground.

On the missed chances in the first half…When you’re playing, you always need to look forward. There will always be opportunities that you finish and ones that you do not. You have to look at what is coming, not at what you were not able to convert. That’s how the game is, we tried to push forward, we did create some opportunities in the second half, but Seattle was better at finishing their chances tonight.

FC Dallas defender Stephen KeelOn Clint Dempsey…He’s a talented player, obviously. He floats in those holes. He has great movement. He is technically and tactically very good. He can cause problems for any team.

What changed for you in the second half? That’s a good question. It’s not just one thing. We were definitely put on our heels a little bit. We probably should have dealt with it better. That’s a lesson we need to learn. In difficult circumstances, when you’re under pressure, we need to learn how to deal with that. We need to learn how to absorb that pressure and move forward.

On the wind…It was windy. You can see in the first half, we put them under pressure and in the second half, vice versa. It’s no excuse. We play in wind when we train every day… It was windy.

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