FC Dallas is done with the regular season and is now into the playoffs.
SJ – Quincy Amarikwa (Chris Wondolowski, Fatai Alashi)13
DAL – Mauro Diaz 38
DAL – Victor Ulloa (Fabian Castillo) 79
FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Ryan Hollingshead, Ezequiel Cirigliano, Victor Ulloa, Michael Barrios (Walker Zimmerman 89), Mauro Diaz (Blas Perez 85), Fabian Castillo, David Texeira (Tesho Akindele 64).
Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Michel, Atiba Harris, Coy Craft.
Total Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 3; Fouls: 11; Offsides: 3; Corners: 3; Saves: 4
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham, Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez (Adam Jahn 88), Clarence Goodson, Shaun Francis, Matias Perez Garcia, Fatai Alashe, Marc Pelosi (Cordell Cato 72), Shea Salinas (Sanna Nyassi 63), Chris Wondolowski, Quincy Amarikwa.
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Tommy Thompson, Leandro Barrera, Matheus Silva.
Total Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 15; Offsides: 3; Corners: 6; Saves: 1Misconduct Summary: SJ – Victor Bernardez (caution) 27
SJ – Matias Perez Garcia (ejection) 67
SJ – Marco Pelosi (caution) 71
SJ – Clarence Goodson (caution) 74
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman JR
Weather: Cloudy, 63 degrees
Attendance: 16, 937
FC Dallas head coach Oscar ParejaOpening thoughts on the game…I'd like to congratulate our players, our coaching staff, the ownership, the academy coaches, staff and all the people who have been involved with the program this season. It's fantastic to see that we have ended up being the best team in the West in a very difficult conference. Finishing with the same points as New York is a great achievement. Still, there was a sour taste in my mouth knowing that we could have won [the Supporters Shield] but in my eyes we won it. We were the best team in the league. We did our work today. We won at home. Now we have a week to get these guys ready. They know they qualified directly into that series and they finished at home where they are strong. I think we're growing mentally. I think this group is showing a lot of progress in that aspect. They're putting in a lot of points, they're playing a lot of games and we’re getting into the playoffs knowing a very short series can depend on one game, but they're strong.
On Homegrown player Victor Ulloa scoring the game-winner…I think it’s a sort of graduation day for us with them, knowing that they won the league today in points and one of our Homegrowns scored. That is fantastic.
On heading into playoffs with momentum…
It’s fantastic. That question just recognizes how our mode has been these last seven games. Every game mattered a lot and I have to prize these guys. We went to play Kansas City. We went to play L.A. We went to play Vancouver. We had to go get those points at Real Salt Lake, and before that we played against one of the best teams in the (Eastern) Conference, Columbus. All of those games, away, and we had massive games here at home with Houston, with Vancouver and today against San Jose. Every single game was a game that just put us in that playoff mode, so for me to see a team with that personality is very encouraging.
FC Dallas midfielder Victor UlloaOn scoring a game-winning goal at home…I was so happy to get my first goal at home in front of our fans. I grew up in this city. That goal was a long time coming. I dedicate this goal to my family.
On winning, but not winning the Supporters’ Shield…We knew what was at stake. We also knew we could only control our part. We’re happy. We’ll take it. We finished with the most points in franchise history and we’re the No. 1 team in the West.
On winning three in a row headed into playoffs…
We’ve been in playoff mode for the past few weeks. We’ve shown well and all those games were intense. We’re ready. The momentum we have built will carry us through to the semifinals. We are ready to fight for the Cup.
On defensive changes in the second half…
In the first half Ezequiel [Cirigliano] and I were coming back a bit too far for the same type of ball. That was favoring San Jose. Oscar [Pareja] changed that. He told me in the second half to stay up a little more to help Mauro [Diaz]. Making those movements gave Mauro more space. It worked out and I got my goal.
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd
On the importance of tonight’s win…
We wanted to come out tonight, get a win and keep our confidence high heading into next week. Coming in here and getting another win at home is big for us. Now we have our eyes on the prize and hopefully we can get back to MLS Cup.
General thoughts on the match…
In the beginning of the game, we were a little too casual in the back. After about 20-25 minutes, we started pressing a little more. We were able to advance the ball a little higher. Once we made some adjustments we were able to control the game. Once again, we have some special players on offense. They were able to get two and get us some points tonight.
On avoiding the Knockout Round by finishing No. 1 in the conference…
It’s huge, not having to play Wednesday, Saturday. Having that week to focus on the opponent is going to be huge for us. Finishing with the second leg of the series at home should also help. It bit us a little last year. Hopefully, we can go on the road, get that away goal, then come home and take care of business.