FC Dallas held in Vancouver

FC Dallas ended their lengthy streak of matches managing a point against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first half FC Dallas didn’t waste much time getting the opening goal in the second half through Max Urruti. Maynor Figueroa sent a long ball from deep in his own half which Vancouver cleared, only for Urruti to steal possession and run past two defenders before slotting it home.

In the 75th minute a free-kick saw Vancouver draw back to level terms after Cristian Techera was fouled by Michael Barrios. Techera dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the free-kick from 25 yards, after Fredy Motero ran over the ball.

It was a tight match and FC Dallas was showing some fatigue from their exertions throughout the week that Vancouver was able to capitalize on.

The only chance for FC Dallas in the first half was in just the 12th minute with some beautiful passing allowing Michael Barrios space on the wing. Barrios sent the ball in for Urruti who got a shot away which was well blocked by defender Tim Parker.

Vancouver had the only other chance of the half with two minutes to play in the first half through Roland Lemah. Lemah rose the highest, allowing him to get a header away but he couldn’t keep it down as it went over the bar.

Just four minutes after the equalizer, FC Dallas very nearly restored their lead as Barrios was able to create an opportunity. Barrios stole possession and sent the ball in for Mauro Diazo whose backheel allowed Tesho Akindele to set up Barrios again but his shot was blocked, forcing Dallas to settle for a point.


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