Wilmer Cabrera | Postgame at Sporting Kansas City

Thoughts on clinching a playoff berth…

“I’m really happy for the group, for this team. From the beginning, we have put our goal, our objective and we have achieved that goal. Now, we are going to try and keep pushing because we have a good mentality and we still have one more game to play. It’s at home so we have to continue pushing. This is good momentum for us, as a team. And good momentum for the players. It definitely helped us to play against Sporting Kansas City, a very talented team, a strong team and that’s something that is going to help us to prepare for what is coming in front of us.”

Thoughts on Tyler Deric’s performance…

“He came up very strong today. Tyler [Deric] showed his personality and his desire to be in the playoffs and he came out strong. He was very sharp and he was very good and because of him, we kept the team to zero goals and the defense worked very hard. Then, we created some opportunities to score some goals but they defended well. It was a very tough game, but it was a very good game for us.”

On needing a strong performance from Tyler to get the result tonight…

“As a manager, you have to take anything into consideration. Four days ago, we were very good and we beat this team. Today, they were strong and coming after us. They couldn’t beat us and we also created some options. They created some very good chances which is normal at home. They have to take the risk because if they don’t take the risk, at home, it’s complicated. But we managed things very well. We could have won, they could have won and that’s why I think it was a very good game.”

On the team securing a playoff berth…

“The most important thing is everything is working for the Houston Dynamo with the plans and the goal from the beginning. I’m honored to be part of this project and I’m happy we have achieved, all together, this first goal but we are not going to relax. We are not comfortable and we want more.”

On Alberth Elis…

“He was flying and he is a threat. That’s why he has been so important to the team this season. The same way with Vicente [Sanchez] who is 37 years old and creating those chances and being so important. Everyone on the team, the good thing is at the end, we have had mostly 31 or 32 different lineups for different reasons. But everyone has played and everyone has been important for the team so at the end, everyone deserves credit.”