Matt Barbour, MLSSoccer.com - The certain Goal of the Week candidate secured Dallas three very vital points against one of their primary rivals in the Whitecaps for a Western Conference postseason berth. Head coach Schellas Hyndman thinks that play, and this game, may well define his team's season.
"This was a game, tonight's game, that is so very important for the team," Hyndman told reporters after the match. "It's not just the three points, it's the confidence that the players have right now, the feel-good attitude and the belief that they have in each other.
"These are the types of game that, if you look at your season and say, 'Where did it turn?' you might say this was the game. We hope that that is the case."
Alfredo Cuvi, BigDSoccer.com - "The goals aren't the whole story though. The team looked different. It's not true to say things are now solved, as Dallas has a big hole to climb out of. It's a good way to start though. Beating Vancouver was a minimum requirement to save the season. Now that the minimum requirements have been met, it's time to start ticking off the boxes that involve beating good teams and maintaining momentum."
Martin MacMahon, MLSSoccer.com - "Vancouver's latest "good performance" now means the side has picked up just one win over its last eight matches, perhaps conjuring up memories of last season's diabolical final stretch in which the side won just one of its last 10 matches."
Martin Rennie (Vancouver head coach), WhitecapsFC.com - "Obviously it was a shocker tonight. It shows you how cruel the game can be. We started off the game really well and got an excellent goal. But at the end of the day, Dallas scored three incredible goals on the night and that's disappointing for us because I think that if you look at overall performance, we played well. They had three shots on target and they had three goals. They were unbelievable goals against us so it's disappointing but there is a lot we can take from it. I don't think it was a poor performance. It was a good performance. I need to see the last little bit again and see how we lost those goals but I do feel they scored great goals tonight. But as disappointing as that is, we can bounce back from it. It's a performance we can definitely build on."
Rob Scott, EightSixForever.com - "Surely, Martin Rennie needs to re-examine the goalkeeping situation, as David Ousted is not playing great, and some would argue not even as well as Brad Knighton was before he was replaced as the number one.
Dallas was fielding a side without leading scorer Blas Perez, fellow forward Kenny Cooper, or starting keeper Raul Fernandez. Vancouver was without Russell Teibert and Darren Mattocks.
Many on the Whitecaps' roster will survive to play another season, but one has to wonder at this point if Martin Rennie will still be in Major League Soccer come 2014."
Peter Welpton, 3rdDegree.net, on the Diaz goal - "Things to love about this goal. 1) Hassli's perfect touch in collecting the ball and then the very, very smart and simple pass into space for Castilo. Eric's play here is perfect, because he makes the fast decision to play into the dangerous open space. 2) Fabian takes Eric's good move and supplies his own both with great speed to get into a dangerous spot with the ball and then the outstanding cross into the massively open space he (I will assume he saw) sees Diaz darting into. 3) Diaz's finish. Really. The kid just murdered that ball at full speed."
Thomas Floyd, Goal.com - With just one win from June through August, FC Dallas faded from the Western Conference elite. But Saturday's 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps might be the jolt it needs to get back on track.
Mauro Diaz struck the 87th-minute winner, Jair Benitez added a spectacular insurance strike and Dallas (10-7-10) moved back into playoff positioning with the victory."
Dan Karell, SoccerbyIves.net - "Despite playing without a recognizable striker due to one suspension and a coaches decision, FC Dallas took care of business, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, on Saturday evening at FC Dallas Stadium. The hosts scored twice in the final four minutes of the match, and now sit two points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference."