FRISCO, Texas- FC Dallas (6-10-8) salvaged a point against the San Jose Earthquakes (6-8-9) in an exciting 1-1 draw, where Ricardo Pepi was the hero once again.
Following their three-game on the road stint, FC Dallas hosted the Quakes seeking an opportunity to go up in the standings. FC Dallas missed a few players from Saturday night’s game, like Franco Jara and Ryan Hollingshead, who were injured.
Pepi featured in head coach Luchi Gonzalez’s lineup after playing for the US Men’s National Team three days ago in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Pepi made his USMNT debut, scored a goal, and provided two assists on his side’s 4-1 victory.
San Jose got up top at the three-minute mark of the game thanks to an early penalty kick. Mexican international Oswaldo Alanís scored off the spot to give his side the partial lead.
“I have to give my all to my club,” said Pepi. “We started slow, but Tuesday, we need to get the three points.”
Luchi’s men had seven shots on goal out of their 17 attempts; thanks to Marcinkowski, San Jose managed to deny those numerous attempts from the FCD offense.
Ema Twumasi played tremendously, assisting both on the buildup of the plays and defending the times the Quakes made their way on goal.
“I worked on my craft once you give everything you have,” said Twumasi. “It’s sad that we didn’t get the result.”
Gonzalez also spoke on Twumasi’s performance:
“He is very important to the team,” Gonzalez said. “He played one of his best games in an FC Dallas jersey.”
Luchi Gonzalez gave his thoughts on his side’s performance:
“Going further than that, disappointed with the draw. We played with heart, showed a response, commitment,” said Gonzalez. “If we show the intentions that we showed, points will bounce your way home and away.”
Luchi Gonzalez gave his thoughts of the players coming back from international duty:
“I’m happy for the guys to integrate the players who were not here with us. Pepi came with the fatigue from playing with the USMNT and Schön flying over 14 hours of travel time, and Acosta playing as well.”
Following Saturday’s draw against San Jose, they go on a three-game on the road stint against New York City FC, Houston Dynamo, and Vancouver before returning to Toyota Stadium on Sept. 29, where they will host Sporting Kansas City.
“Against the game in New York, there might be some rotations. It’s a quick transition,” said Gonzalez. “We need to be careful with some players getting back into fitness.”