Midfielder Michael Barrios (pictured) has already won the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters' Shield this year with FC Dallas. (Photo: Mexsport)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – In the 65th minute of FC Dallas’ 5-2 win over host Suchitepequez – a result that clinched the MLS power a berth in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals – midfielder Michael Barrios was on the receiving end of a foul that resulted in Rene Maltes being shown a straight red card.
Despite being a little sore after a rainy night, the 25-year-old was delighted with the final score and the fact that Dallas remained in contention for international silverware.
“Thank God, in the end, we got the result in a match that we started off losing 2-0,” said Barrios. “The effort of the team was key. We played to the maximum on every ball and thank God we were able to draw level and come back.”
Suchitepequez’s SCCL home games were played at the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City, which is nearly four hours away from its Mazatenango home. Despite the distance, more than 4,400 fans made the long trek and offered vociferous support, a fact that impressed Barrios.
“I think that it was a difficult match,” he noted. “We were prepared for that. I think the push that the fans gave to Suchitepequez at the start of the match was key for them. Later, we were able to manage the key moments of the match. We were able to score the first goal, which settled us. The second we equalized and, in the end, we made history, which was important.”
With a ticket to the SCCL first knockout round booked, FC Dallas will focus on lifting its first-ever MLS Cup trophy.
“In order to achieve great things, we have been preparing in the best way since the beginning of the year, working in each one of the matches like one should, with responsibility, humility,” concluded Barrios. “We are training to the maximum. Each one of the teammates is prepared for what we are facing.”