Pareja and Hedges proud of the fight after rough loss

FC Dallas had a rough time against the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, but they bounced back, on Saturday to grab a 3-1 win against traditional rival Chicago Fire to get their first Brimstone Cup since 2012 and bring the unbeaten streak at home to sixteen. FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja was thrilled with the performance his team put forward to get the key win at home.

“It was a great effort from our team after the long trip from Seattle,” he said. “Getting three points was the goal tonight and we played some really good soccer in the process. We continued to be a strong home team, and we bounced back from the tough road loss.”

Pareja was happy he was able to get some of his key starters some rest on Wednesday especially with all the travel they had over the last week,

“It was very important after the game in San Jose to rest them in Seattle with the game being on turf,” he said. “We knew just a few days after the Seattle game we knew had a big game with Chicago at home so it was good to get some guys some play time and make themselves feel they’re important to our success.”

Pareja admitted that this team has had experience with big losses and it helped bounce back from the Seattle game.

“I’m going to be honest, we have had experience with big losses this season three times, and four if you wanted to count Vancouver,” he said. “I don’t doubt the spirit of this team, but we do need to be more mature to avoid games like Seattle.”

Matt Hedges was happy to get back out there after not playing on Wednesday to get his team a win at home and continue the unbeaten streak at home.

“It felt good to get back out there after rest on Wednesday,” he said. “It was good to get this result after what happened Wednesday. It was a good result after Chicago pressured us early and we settled down, but we were disappointed to give up that goal late on defense.

Hedges and the rest of the FC Dallas team return to the pitch on Wednesday as they take on the Houston Dynamo in the quarterfinals of the Open Cup. Hedges hopes to improve since their last performance in Houston.

“We did not play well down in Houston last time,” he said. “We want to do better especially since it is the Open Cup. We have been close a few times, and we want to win it this year.”

Hedges was proud to see the moment of silence the supporters’ groups had in the fifth minute of the game as Hedges was happy to bring some positive to the community.

“It was great that our fans do things like that to honor those people in the tragedy,” he said. “They did it last week for Orlando and it was good to see them do something similar tonight.”

Hedges was also thrilled that they gave the performance they did in the first game back since the tragedy.

“We wanted to do well for the community tonight,” he said. “We really wanted to put on a great show for them.”

FC Dallas next game is the US Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday against archrival the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 PM on YouTube.

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