Time to quickly go through what was said and done in last night's 2-0 win over Vancouver.
DAL – Michael Barrios (Mauro Diaz, Ryan Hollingshead) 32
DAL – Mauro Diaz 52
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Ryan Hollingshead, Ezequiel Cirigliano, Victor Ulloa, Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Tesho Akindele (Rolando Escobar 69, Atiba Harris 81), David Texeira (Blas Perez 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Michel, Walker Zimmerman, Danny Garcia, Blas Perez.
Total Shots: 14 (David Texeira 4) Shots on Goal: 6 (Michael Barrios 3); Fouls: 14 (2 with 3); Offsides: 1; Corners: 6; Saves: 1 (Jesse Gonzalez 1).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – David Ousted, Stephen Beitashour, Pa-Modou Kah (Christian Dean 81), Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey, Matias Laba, Russell Teibert (Robert Earnshaw 76), Kekuta Manneh, Octavio Rivero, Deybi Flores (Marco Bustos 61), Gershon Koffie.
Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Cristian Techera, Jordan Smith, Diego Rodriguez, Diego Rodriguez.
Total Shots: 10 (Kekuta Manneh 3) Shots on Goal: 1 (Kekuta Manneh 1); Fouls: 13 (Matias Laba 4); Offsides: 3; Corners: 4; Saves: 4 (David Ousted 4).Misconduct Summary: VAN – Pa-Modou Kah (caution) 46VAN – Jordan Harvey (caution) 55
DAL – Tesho Akindele (caution) 64
DAL – Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 80
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Garner, Jonathan Johnson
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Weather: Clear, 88 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
There was a lot of [good] soccer today on the pitch. It was a game that had a lot of emotions and a lot of great plays. Great footballers - both on our team today and also Vancouver. They were a very good team with a very good coach. There were tremendous plays today. I think our fans and the people who came to the stadium enjoyed a game full of great moments. Vancouver made it difficult for us during the first 15 minutes, but after that we started clearing our chances and dominated.
The second half was more level. We knew that they were going to provide us with a ton and we wanted to hold the line and see if there were some spaces behind. The plan worked well.
On Je-Vaughn Watson…I would start with [JeVaughn Watson's] commitment to his team and the versatility that [he] brings is incredible. He stayed the week here knowing he had an important game with his national team in Korea because he wanted to win this game. I think that the game rewarded him; it was a great performance by JeVaughn.
On Ezequiel Cirigliano…
It was positive to see [Ezequiel Cirigliano] growing with the team. He is very clean with the ball and he's understanding the pace of the league more and more. Sometimes he gets caught here and there with the ball as sometimes in South America we have more time and more space to play. In Major League Soccer, it's a little bit quicker and more physical. He's realizing that now and I'm happy for him to get the 90 minutes tonight.
FC Dallas defender Zach LoydGeneral thoughts on the match…
It was a great team performance. Coming into this game, we knew how important it was for us. We had the Red Bull New York game on before the match. We were watching it closely. Once we saw the result, I think it gave us an extra boost knowing that three points would put us in a tie with them on top of the table with two games to go. The guys responded well. We’re a good team at home. That has showed all year. We’re going to continue to try and finish as high as we can in the West, so we can have that home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Was this your best performance of the year?I’m not sure. Any time we get a shutout, I am happy for the back line. I don’t really grade personal performances so much. I am more about the team performance. I thought it was a great game for us overall, to be able to rebound after going there and picking up a big tie on the road in Vancouver last week.
On the importance of getting this win to validate last week’s tie in Vancouver…
It’s huge. If you go there and get a tie, then come home and lose, it didn’t really mean anything. If you come out tonight and get a big three points… You put yourself in a position to fight for a trophy… That is something we have not done here in a long time. We put ourselves in the best-possible situation we could be in. I hope we can capitalize on that in the next two weeks.
FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz
We are really happy that we got more points and that we are fighting for the top. We are excited and we are going to keep on fighting for it.
On playing like his old self…The injuries were getting me, and it feels good playing back to my level.
His mentality when scoring the goal..I didn’t plan anything. It just happened. I saw the opportunity and I took it.
FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa
Huge win of us. We knew what was at stake. We’re tied for first place for the Shield. So that’s huge for us with two games left. Mentally, it helps us a lot to keep pushing and this club can win something. So that’s huge.
On two straight shutouts vs Vancouver…Yeah, it’s one of those things that we want to focus on. We know that we have a lot of offensive power and we know that we can score at any time, and that’s the main focus.
Thoughts on the goal set up by Mauro Diaz…Great goal. Great play. Like I said we have so many offensive weapons. Mauro was huge for us.
On his chemistry with Ezequiel Cirigliano…
Good. I think we are progressing. It’s more getting used to how each of the players are. I think we did well tonight. We can do better, but we are definitely working in the right direction.