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MLS playoffs 2015: FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from last night's win.

FC Dallas as advanced past the Seattle Sounders into the conference finals. Here is a look at how it was done.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Tesho Akindele (Je-Vaughn Watson) 84
SEA – Chad Marshall (Marco Pappa) 90
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (Blas Perez) 90+1

Penalty Kick Shootout: 4-2 Dallas
DAL: Mauro Diaz (Goal), Ryan Hollingshead (Goal), Tesho Akindele (Goal), Walker Zimmerman (Goal)
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Goal), Andres Ivanschitz (Save), Chad Barrett (Save), Andy Rose (Goal)

FC Dallas – Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd (Walker Zimmerman 84), Je-Vaughn Watson, Kellyn Acosta, Victor Ulloa (Tesho Akindele 83), Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, David Texeira (Blas Perez 63).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Michel, Atiba Harris, Ezequiel Cirigliano.

Total Shots: 25 (Michael Barrios 6); Shots on Goal: 10 (Castillo and Akindele 3); Fouls: 14 (Matt Hedges 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 8; Saves: 3 (Jesse Gonzalez 3).

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, Tyrone Mears, Zach Scott, Chad Marshall, Oniel Fisher (Marco Pappa 88), Nelson Valdez (Cristian Roldan 76), Andy Rose, Erik Friberg (Chad Barrett 85), Andreas Ivanschitz, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins.

Substitutes Not Used: Troy Perkins, Michael Azira, Jimmy Ockford, Gonzalo Pineda.

Total Shots: 10 (Chad Marshall 3), Shots on Goal: 4 (4 with 1); Fouls: 17 (3 with 3); Offsides: 1; Corners: 4; Saves: 3 (Stefan Frei 8).
Misconduct Summary: DAL – Mauro Diaz (caution) 46
SEA – Erik Friberg (caution) 70
DAL – Blas Perez (caution) 83
SEA – Marco Pappa (caution) 95
SEA – Andreas Ivanschitz (caution) 111

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Mike Rottersman
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees
Attendance: 17, 287

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

Overall thoughts on the game…

It was a very emotional game. I thought our coaching staff did an excellent job during the week of preparing these guys for many moments we knew were coming in this game. We didn’t want to rush too much in the first half. I thought the boys did an excellent job on that part. We waited for our moment. We scored our goal. Unfortunately, we wound up tied at the end (of regulation), and that was really a disappointment because we planned on being strong in that five minutes. We knew Seattle was going to be throwing bodies [forward]. We couldn’t hold it, but the game gave a reward to the best team on the field. Tonight was a magical night in Frisco. We are very proud of our fans. They played a key part for us tonight and helped us, helped these guys to keep going when it looked like they had no power left in their legs. The fans helped push us up. We are very happy for the youngsters who stepped up today in a very difficult situation. Today was all about heart and our players did it. We are very proud of this club.

On the heart and fortitude from the team to get the second goal…

It has been all year with this group. We have bounced back from difficult moments during the season. We have wanted consistency and it is very difficult to get it. But tonight in the game is a very good example of what we have done during the year. That was magical and well-deserved. That’s what these guys have. They have character and I never doubted for a moment they would work hard to get this game.

On the mood after Seattle scored…

It’s character that this team has. They are a bunch of guys who want the same. They are committed. So, for me, things are easier. The motivation is not really needed from the bench. They do it. They never lost faith. This group is strong. It’s getting stronger mentally. Today was fantastic in showing we can make things happen.

On Jesse Gonzalez…

This is a good example of the program that we have in the club. Our Academy guys are making us very proud. The veterans who have been here in the club, the people around them: Dan (Kennedy), (Chris) Seitz, Drew (Keeshan), who have surrounded Jesse with that experience and are pushing him and helping him, have been tremendous. I’m very proud of Jesse. But, I always like to talk about the unit and that’s what we are. We are a unit, and tonight was a good example.

On seeing his young team grow up during the playoffs…

It’s incredible how you can see these guys growing one game, and then another one, and you can see these guys growing and growing. We have a plan. We are ready and we took the risk (on young players) and they backed us up. They are committed to what we want, and they make us look good. But, they are the ones who push themselves and really make our job easier. We are very happy for them.

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele

On the dramatic end to regulation…

When I was subbing on, I was thinking there was no way we were going to overtime. Either we are going to score a goal right here or it’s just going to end 0-0. When we scored, I thought we were going to win. They scored and I was like this is the worst thing in the world. Then we scored again and it’s the best thing in the world. It was a huge roller coaster.

How do you stay focused at the end of that game?

Just believe. I knew we were going to get another chance or two. I was thinking ‘we have to be ready for that chance. We have to make it count.’ Luckily, Walker [Zimmerman] made it count.

Is this a team of destiny…

Definitely. When something like that happens and luck is on our side. I don’t mind that at all.

On Jesse’s saves during the penalty kick shootout…

It’s huge. When you look at him in the goal and he’s touching the [crossbar] you can barely see the goal behind him. He’s so big. We all had faith that he will save one or two we just had to do our part.

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman

On the victory…

Especially after last year [losing to Seattle on the away-goal rule], it was still in our minds a little bit, knowing they were the ones that put us out. They kind of had our number in the playoffs. It’s sweet, sweet, revenge. A lot of credit goes to our team, our coaching staff for the work that we’ve done the whole season because the difference was because of our good season. We put ourselves in a spot to be playing at home. That home field advantage was pretty huge tonight with the entire fan base going crazy.

What did Oscar [Pareja] tell you before you went into the match…

It’s more of a situational thing. Like I said, we practiced scenarios all week. I knew the game was in the last few minutes and the subs would be Blas [Perez], Tesho [Akindele] and myself. We practiced it and in the 75th minute, Tesho and I knew our roles and we knew what was expected of us.

On almost being knocked out by Seattle again…

Just thinking back to last year, sitting in the Seattle locker room, it was tough because they beat us with the away goals rule and that just left a bitter taste in our mouth. Coming here, we talked about the importance of having home-field advantage and what that means for our club. Our record at home this season was extremely good so why not play with confidence and we sure did that and got the result.