- Midfielder Sebastian Lletget scored his first FC Dallas objective and third general of the 2022 season.
- Ahead Paul Arriola scored his career-high tenth objective of the season.
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Frisco, Texas (October 9, 2022) – FC Dallas (53 factors, 14-9/11) topped Sporting Kansas Metropolis (40 factors, 11-16-7) 2-1 on Determination Day at Toyota Stadium. It marks essentially the most wins (16) and most factors (53) for Dallas since 2018. FC Dallas will host a house playoff match for the primary time since October 31, 2018 when it hosted the Portland Timbers.
SINGLE SEASON TURNAROUND
FC Dallas completed the 2022 common season with 53 factors, 20 greater than the membership achieved within the 2021 season. Twenty factors is the biggest year-over-year enchancment in membership historical past, besting the 14-point enchancment from the 1998 to 1999 season.
Sebastian Lletget scored his first objective for FC Dallas to open the scoreline within the thirty third minute of the match. The cross got here from Jesús Ferreira who registered his sixth help of the 12 months. Lletget’s objective tally finishes at three for the 2022 common season and 26 for his profession.
Paul Arriola (10) and Jesús Ferreira (18) are the primary American duo to attain 10 or extra targets in a season since 2017 when Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin did the identical for the Seattle Sounders.
PAUL ARRIOLA’S PERFECT 10
Arriola’s game-winning objective within the 61st minute helped safe the ultimate three factors of the season for FC Dallas and secured dwelling discipline benefit within the first spherical of playoffs. It was additionally Arriola’s tenth objective of the season, capping off a brand new single-season private excessive. His earlier mark was six targets with D.C. United which he netted in 2019 and 2021.
REGULAR SEASON HOME RECORD IN 2022
FC Dallas finishes 10-3-4 at dwelling in 2022. The match towards Sporting KC was the seventh sellout of the season at Toyota Stadium with 19,096 in attendance.
UP NEXT: FC DALLAS HOSTS MINNESOTA UNITED IN ROUND ONE
FC Dallas faces Minnesota United within the first spherical of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs on Monday, October 17 at 8 PM. The sport will air on FS1 and Fox Deportes, Speak Radio 1190 and TUDN 1270AM.
FC DALLAS POSTGAME QUOTES
Common ideas on the season…
“It’s loads of credit score to the gamers. They’ve been working actually, actually onerous since day one. They’ve dedicated to realize the targets we set out at the start of the season. They put a lot effort into the best way we wish to play, the best way we wish to assault, the best way we wish to defend. This season was actually good for the membership.”
On the matchup towards Minnesota…
“I feel it’s going to be a tough recreation however I can’t wait to see our followers right here. I can’t wait to have this constructing bought out and packed, having that vitality will assist us to beat an excellent staff.”
Midfielder Sebastian Lletget
On his time with FC Dallas to this point…
“It’s a phenomenal feeling. Since I arrived in Dallas I needed to assist make a distinction. Right this moment we accomplished considered one of our targets that was set at the start of the season. Now the enjoyable begins, the playoffs are right here and they are going to be fascinating.”
On going through Minnesota within the first spherical…
“We all know that there is no such thing as a simple recreation on this league. We have to be prepared for it and we might be targeted. Our goal immediately was to clinch a house recreation and I can gladly say we did that. Now we’ll work tougher in the course of the week.”
On his return from damage and searching ahead to the playoffs…
“I’m blissful to be again. I lastly received some minutes beneath my belt and I really feel nice. Having the ability to host a playoff recreation is particular. We will play in entrance of our followers. We are going to put together in the course of the week and focus as we head into the primary recreation of the playoffs.”
On his first season on the membership…
“There are such a lot of positives I can take from this season to this point. I’m proud of the best way it’s going. Now we push for the ultimate as a result of that’s our principal objective. We are going to take this one step at a time.”
Common ideas on the match…
“I’m blissful to have come away with the win. I gotta give credit score to Alan who helped win the ball whereas urgent. In transitions I really feel like we’re harmful. I noticed Alan (Velasco) within the one on one and I did a run in the direction of the entrance and he was capable of choose me out. It was an important objective as a result of it helped earn the win. Like I discussed, I’ve to provide credit score to Alan for the help.”
On the message heading into the playoffs…
“The message is fairly clear and that’s to win. We are going to look to compete and we all know how the playoffs are as a result of video games are harder. We are going to give attention to Minnesota after which we will see what’s forward. I’m very blissful and happy with the staff who labored collectively to get a house playoff match.”
Goalkeeper Maarten Paes
On the sport…
“I knew their entrance 5 gamers are all very like minded to take a shot. The primary half was an excellent half for us, we scored from a buildup that was a really good objective for us. The second half they got here out sizzling, sadly we conceded a objective there however I used to be very blissful we bounced again.”
On going through Minnesota within the playoffs…
“That’s a really robust matchup. They’ve some gamers with nice means, so many key gamers for them. We now have to play very properly to beat them, we misplaced to them at dwelling so we’ve got to play properly to beat them.”
Defendere José Martínez
On his second season on the membership…
“Setting challenges and targets as an athlete are essential in improvement. Final 12 months I arrived from Spain and settling into the membership’s and leagues type of play was a bit tough. I wanted to bounce again and have a greater 12 months this season. The teaching workers gave me targets to perform and I’m blissful we’re engaged on these intently. I really feel assured in my play however I really feel like I can supply extra in my play.”
On going through Minnesota within the playoffs…
“I keep in mind the final time after we performed them at dwelling we fell brief. It was odd as a result of defensively they have been strong. We needed to win this match to get a better seed as a result of we needed to host. They virtually had the identical quantity of factors and needed to host as properly. We completed off in nice type heading into this match versus Minnesota. We might want to win so we are able to attain our final objective.”