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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quote sheet

All the facts from FC Dallas’ playoff clinching tie.

FC Dallas punched their ticket into the post season on Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers.

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja

On clinching a playoff spot with tonight’s result...It’s great news. I want to congratulate the players on a terrific job so far. It’s not easy to qualify this early in this league, it is very competitive and differences are really tight. Well-deserved for the club that we are back into the playoffs after a very tough year. We are very happy for this achievement.

On the competitive nature of today’s match...Portland is a good side, Geo has done a great job with the team. It was intense playing in Providence Park with the fans who I admire a lot. It’s difficult, so walking out with a point is not an easy task to accomplish. We’re proud with the point, even though we had chances to score, but we will take the point with pride.

On the atmosphere of today’s match...We are very happy to be a part of the playoffs again and the atmosphere here felt like it was a playoff match.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez

On clinching a playoff spot with tonight’s result...It’s great that we clinched after not clinching last year. It’s great knowing that we’re in, but we can’t let our guards down, we have to keep on working.

On the FC Dallas’ defense...We’ve been improving a lot in the backline and overall, I think the whole team is doing a great job.

On the atmosphere of the match…This is what we’re going to face in the playoffs, with the how the crowd was but overall, I think the team did a great job and hopefully we can keep winning in the playoffs.

FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa

On clinching a playoff spot…I am very happy for this accomplishment, it was one of our goals from the beginning of the season to get back into playoffs because unfortunately we didn’t clinch last year, and it was one of our goals. Absolutely happy to be back in it and now it’s on to our next objective to finish in the top two and make a run for the cup.

On the importance of getting a good result today...Soccer always gives you more opportunities and we got ours today and we took advantage of it. I’m happy for a good result on the road in a tough place and now we look forward to the next game against Orlando.

On the team’s defense display...You come into a place where it is really tough to play. I would say it was a playoff atmosphere tonight and we took care of business. One of our focus was to keep a clean sheet and we knew that we could score at moment and I think we had our chance to sneak away with the three points, but overall we’ll take the point on the road and as I said we have to prepare for our next game back home on Saturday.