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Dallas coach: "It was a great MLS game"

Here's some FC Dallas reaction after their 3-1 win over the Sounders:

Coach Oscar ParejaGeneral thoughts on the game...It was a very intense game. For the 90+ minutes tonight, it was just the players giving us a great show. Seattle showed why they are at the top of the conference and our boys were showing why they want to fight for a higher spot. Today was a good demonstration of the culture and the philosophy that we have here, but it was all players. The first half was very competitive for both, and I think we controlled them. We had a plan today where it was decided to not compete much in the middle. We put the targets up front with [David Texeira] and Blas Perez. We wanted to get those second goals with Andres and Jair. I wanted to get those rebounds there and get some services in the back. I thought it worked pretty well. In the second half, the boys executed excellently. It was a great MLS game. You can see that intensity, that commitment to the tactical part, the integrity of the game, the willingness to work for both teams - it was excellent. On David Texeira…David has had three great weeks and has been participating for the way we want him to do things much more, he has been growing with the group, his intensity and the rhythm that we wanted from him was there and tonight we decided to bring him in and join that spot with Blas Perez. The way he executed was all him. He gave us a lesson today in persistence, he gave us a lesson in patience and today he was a big part of the points.

Resting Matt Hedges (against L.A.) and Fabian Castillo (against L.A. and Seattle)…Matt came out with a bit of tightness in his hamstring after the game against Vancouver and Fabian [did] also, so we wanted to take care of them. We really wanted to feel the energy of all those players against Seattle at home. I'm glad to see Matt back the lineup today and that he had an opportunity to rest.

On beating the number one team...It's always a challenge. The key for the light to develop is to go one game at a time and one rival at a time. I don't see any rival better than any other, really. I just want them to go in with respect, but knowing that they can beat anyone.

Resting the next few days…Now is great timing for us to rest this weekend. I cannot appreciate more the schedule at this moment, where we'll have the key players coming back. What I saw on the field tonight, I'm getting more optimistic about our roster, but indeed it's a great time for us to rest tonight.

FC Dallas midfielder Andres EscobarTalk about your relationship with David Texeira…Even though David [Texeira] has not seen a lot of minutes with the first team in a while, he is still out there working hard with us during training every day. He moves well in the area. He knows where he needs to be as a striker. We trained together, like we played tonight, for the past few days. Playing together obviously wasn’t foreign to us. We have a great relationship on and off the field. I was very happy to be able to provide two assists to him tonight.

Three assists in two games… Has your passing been a point of emphasis for you recently?Yes, I feel that overall, my game is improving. In Los Angeles, I was able to get a good cross in to Blas Perez, who scored a great goal and tonight with David [Texeira], two assists to him makes me very happy. I am just as happy that both forwards are feeling comfortable with me.

FC Dallas defender Je-Vaughn WatsonTalk about how much ground you covered on the right flank tonight…It was a marathon. I think I ran about seven or eight miles. I’m so tired and still a little banged up from the [LA] game but getting three points at home is always vital and now we’re in a solid position to make it to the playoffs. We do not want to make any mistakes. We are trying our best to continue winning home games because that is going to be huge for us. Any time someone comes to our home, we are expected to get three points.

When asked about the success about playing at home and the mentality of playing at home…The fans are great. People are always cheering whether we are winning or losing. We have a good fan base behind us, especially the guys behind the goal. The drummers are always pumped up. That is motivation for us. When you are playing at home, you are expected to get three points, and every time we come into the locker room at a home game we have that urge to get those points. When we go on the road of course we go to win, sometimes it is unfortunate because we do not get the three points. At home there is no excuse, we have to play hard and run hard because this is our house.

Talk about combining with Andres Escobar on the right flank all night …That was the game plan. Oscar [Pareja] said we needed to go more on the right side because me and Andres have a lot of speed, the opponents cannot keep up with us. This was the game plan, giving the ball to Andres early and over lapping him. He is a very skillful player and can take on a lot of guys, so when I give it to him I tend to be free. If he gives it back to me, I tend to push on because at the end of the day you cannot buy speed. That is my strength, going forward and back, using a lot of energy. This was the game plan and we executed it very well.

FC Dallas forward Blas PerezWhen asked about the game…I feel like the game was really good, and the opportunities we had were concrete. We played solid football. The goals were taken cleanly and I hope we continue on like this.

Talk about the streak you are on, four goals in three games…Whatever I touch goes in lately… It is clear that I have to score goals. That is how it is to be a forward. I have to take advantage of this and I am thankful to God for this. My teammates as well, without the opportunities they give me, the crosses and anything they contribute… It would not be possible without them.

When asked about going to the playoffs…This team is promising. This team has gained intensity with Oscar’s [Pareja] arrival and it is very noticeable in the field. We are going in the right direction. We have not won anything and we have to keep going with that attitude.

When asked about a playoff run…I have to have a lot of faith. I am a man of faith. I hope my teammates feel the same way. I hope my teammates keep this collectiveness. There is a wonderful harmony in this locker room. This is good. It is a product of Oscar’s great work. The mix of experience with our youth is noticeable.

When asked about playing with the younger players and Fabian Castillo missing the game…Everyone here is on their toes. Everyone on the bench is ready to play. They’re all ready to be on that field. Everyone here is focused and this concentration that the team has is very important. Although they are not playing, they still come in to play, like Ryan [Hollingshead] who comes in and makes a difference in the team.

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