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FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Highlights, stats and quote sheet
All the facts from the season-ending loss at Seattle.
FC Dallas — Maarten Paes; Nkosi Tafari (Tsiki Ntsabeleng – 80’), Ema Twumasi, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sam Junqua; Asier Illarramendi, Liam Fraser (Jesús Jiménez – 69’), Paxton Pomykal (Sebastian Lletget – 80’); Paul Arriola; Jáder Obrian (Dante Sealy – 69’), Bernard Kamungo (Eugene Ansah – 59’).
Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, José Martínez, Facundo Quignon, Amet Korça.
Seattle Sounders FC — Stefan Frei; Nouhou Tolo, Jackson Ragen, Yeimar Gómez Andrade, Alex Roldan; Joshua Atencio, João Paulo (Obed Vargas – 87’); Léo Chú (Nicolás Lodeiro — 70’), Albert Rusnák, Cristian Roldan; Jordan Morris.
Substitutes not used — Stefan Cleveland, Xavier Arreaga, Cody Baker, Kelyn Rowe, Héber, Fredy Montero, Raúl Ruidíaz.
SEA: Albert Rusnák (João Paulo) – 36’
DAL: Jáder Obrian (caution) – 34’
DAL: Ema Twumasi (caution) – 70’
DAL: Paul Arriola (caution) – 85’
Weather: Cloudy, 49ºF
POSTGAME QUOTES FC DALLAS
Head Coach Nico Estévez
On tonight's game…
“Well, first of all, I would like to congratulate the Seattle Sounders on winning this best-of-3 round. It was a really good battle between both teams throughout these three games. I congratulate them because I think they did a good job and they were able to beat us. We are disappointed.”
On the challenges of playing at Seattle…
“It makes it difficult for attacking teams to play on turf, to be honest and I think we struggled with that. I think the subs that we made, it gave us a lot of energy and physicality and quality. We put ourselves in a great position until the end. We created some dangerous plays. We created some corner kicks at the end of the game and we stretched them. Maybe we score a goal, we will be taking the PK's and have a chance to go on but we knew it was going to be a really difficult series that always benefits the team that plays at home.”
On goalkeeper Maarten Paes…
“Goalkeepers have their tasks and we are lucky to have a guy like Maarten (Paes). You see all around the world, even champions like Manchester City, they need their keepers to make big saves, even though they're the best team in the world. Obviously we had to take risks in the second half and open up a little bit more and we exposed ourselves a little bit more in the back. We trust in our players, and we trust a lot in Maarten, and we know in the moment that he has to show, he's going to show up. I'm happy to have him on the team and really, really proud about his season.”
Midfielder Sebastian Lletget
On the season ending tonight…
“It’s a tough one, and it shows you how tough it is to win away from home in this league. Every year it keeps getting tougher. I am proud of this team and proud of the steps we are taking forward. We reached a new ceiling and we want to break that. We had a tough road to get here collectively and individually with injuries. We couldn’t have Jesús (Ferreira) tonight and he is a key player for us. It’s a shame for our fans and for our club. We put in the work behind closed doors, in the training field and on game day. It’s a shame that we came up short.”
On the adversities faced this season…
“It’s always a tremendous achievement to get this far in the season. Of course everyone wants to be champions at the end of every season. When I joined this club, that was the ultimate goal I set for myself and the club. It is a failure, but we take a step forward in that direction. We want to win it and we know we have the talent, potential and staff to win the league. It’s all about certain things lining up for us but it just didn’t happen.”
Forward Paul Arriola
On the emotions at the moment…
“I can say that the group and I are very disappointed. The goal is never to just make it to the playoffs, but also win the title. Overall I am very proud of the group for the season that we’ve had. We always talked about facing adversities and coming back. We dealt with off the field and on the field stuff. We put ourselves in this position and you can look at it from a good or bad perspective. I am really proud we made it to this third game and we all wish we could’ve had more games. We wish things would’ve gone our way but that is just how soccer is. There were a lot of things that we could’ve done better. We needed to focus more on our physicality which we had talked about. It’s a tough atmosphere to play in, but it’s a great place to play at. They have great fans and they are a team with experience. We give them credit, but at the same time this one stings. We will have to use this as motivation for next season.”
On the team’s mentality to never quit…
“This year was tough, and there is no denying that. It felt as if every week we had something happening. Someone would go down injured or someone had to leave, it was just all different things. We just kept going and trusted our guys. There was a time in the middle of the season where I was gone, I was looking at the team and every guy up there was ready to go. Every player played their part and did the best they could. At the end of the day we have a humble group of guys who want to be there and fight for one another. If we can get that and continue to get better on the field and make differences in games , it will get better for next season. That’s our question and it’s what we will be looking to do next year.”