Quote sheet: Columbus Crew vs FC Dallas

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

Opening comments

I thought it was a good performance by FC Dallas, from the beginning of the game to the end of the game. One of the harder things to do is keep focus for the entire 90 minutes. I thought we created some good chances in the first half. I thought their goalkeeper made a big save for them and I thought we missed a few chances. But we talked about a couple of things at halftime. One of the things we talked about was to knock balls on the ground instead of putting them in the air. In fact we talked about it at pregame, but we reinforced it. We have a lot of speed out there and it is really affecting the opposition.

On Brek Shea’s and Jackson’s performances tonight…

I thought [Shea and Jackson] both played well. Obviously they are difference makers. If my memory is right, Brek has eight goals. Think about him being the team’s leading scorer despite how many games he played at left back and center back before we got ourselves healthy. It is not just the goals he scores, he gets some good balls and he keeps the defense under a lot of pressure.

Jackson has come to life since his trip to Brazil, since his marriage. I’ve got a few guys telling me now they are thinking about getting married. I think [Shea and Jackson] have really made a difference, and of course, Marvin [Chavez] up front. Defenders are having so much trouble handling those three and our center midfield has really done a good job. Andrew Jacobson, Eric Alexander and Daniel Hernandez are really causing teams a lot of problems now.

[Brek] has continued to develop confidence. When a player starts to develop confidence, you’ll find his teammates will pass him the ball more because they have confidence in him. Every time he scores a goal or assists on a goal or is a threat, then that confidence continues to grow. I think our team, through necessity, through injuries, has found a way of playing that brings the best out of most of them.

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea

On scoring four goals in his last four MLS matches…

The better you play, the more confidence you get. You just get on a roll. I am just on a good roll right now. I’m having a lot of fun out there. I try to create. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t really think about being tied for the league lead in goals. I’m just trying to help the team score goals. I’d much rather play with a lead. Our team plays with a lot more confidence when we’re up a goal.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman

As we were able to move the ball a little bit, the heat became a factor. I thought Marvin really caused them fits. There were times were it looked like [Columbus] was playing three back and on their corner kicks they would leave one guy with Marvin, and I thought there was no way that guy is going to be able to stay with Marvin. It was a game we were really excited about winning.

On the team hitting its stride…

We just try to be consistent. I think we've been able to overcome adversity and play quality soccer. We're all each others’ biggest fans. We have a good thing going.

FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu

I think some guys came up big. It was a great team effort. I think we had most of the chances throughout the game. Guys just keep coming up big for us to score goals.

On Jackson…

Jackson is playing well for us, ever since he came back from Brazil he's been exceptional. He's been a spark for us.

Robert Warzycha- Columbus Crew Head Coach

Thoughts on the game…

We played against a better team today. In the heat like this and these conditions, especially in the second half, they were much better. They scored two nice goals and they came out on top today.

On what his team needs to do to bounce back against Vancouver…

We have to play better. We have to keep the ball for longer periods of time instead of giving it up so easily. We need someone to step up and score a goal to give us a chance to win in Vancouver.

Danny O’Rourke- Columbus Crew Midfielder

Thoughts on the game…

On a personal level, it is good to be out there with the guys, but more importantly it is frustrating to lose 2-0. Dallas absorbed a lot of pressure in the first half and came out and got a goal in the second half to change the momentum. The unfortunate red card was tough in a place like this, but personally I’m glad to be back out there with the team.

On what the team needs to do to bounce back against Vancouver…

We need to forget about this, come in tomorrow start focusing on Vancouver. [We need to] take this one game at a time. If we can get back to Columbus with three points out of six, I don’t think it will be the worst road trip, but we need to reflect on what happened tonight and get back to work tomorrow.

Chad Marshall - Columbus Crew Captain

Thoughts on tonight’s game…

It was a bad game on our part. We played well the last two games, an away win at Houston and a good home performance against Colorado. We just didn’t put it together tonight. We couldn’t keep the ball, couldn’t create anything offensively. We turned the ball over in bad situations, which put them in good situations because they are a team with great speed. We made it a long night for ourselves.

On what the team needs to do to bounce back against Vancouver…

We need to get back to the things we do well, keeping the ball and moving it from side to side. We took too many touches today which killed our attack. We know how we can play when we play up to our potential so we will have to just regroup, watch some video, and figure it out before our next game on Wednesday.

On the heat…

It is hot for both teams, but it makes for a long game when you keep turning the ball over.