Vancouver Whitecaps manage 2-2 draw against FC Dallas

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Vancouver 2 (Mattocks, Morales PK), FC Dallas 2 – (Perez, Michel PK)

The Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas played to an entertaining 2-2 draw at BC Place Sunday afternoon. The Whitecaps took the lead through Darren Mattocks in the 11th minute, taking a pass from Gershon Koffie and then slotting home to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead. FC Dallas then scored two goals later in the first half, with Blas Perez tying things before Michel would step up and put a penalty kick past David Ousted to give Dallas a 2-1 lead going into the half. Early in the 2nd half Pedro Morales would tie the match on a Whitecaps penalty kick, but would fail to score again as they dominated chances in the 2nd half but would have to settle for a 2-2 draw.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps returned home to face FC Dallas in a pivotal matchup in the MLS Western Conference. Head Coach Carl Robinson went with a lineup that differed from the lineup that faced Real Salt Lake last week, bringing back most of his regular starters in his starting 11. David Ousted started in goal behind the now regular back line of Steven Beitashour, Carlyle Mitchell, Johnny Leveron and Jordan Harvey. Gershon Koffie and Matias Laba shared defensive midfield duties with Erik Hurtado and Sebastian Fernandez on the wings and Pedro Morales supporting Darren Mattocks up front.

The Whitecaps would get on the board first through Darren Mattocks, who received Gershon Koffie’s through ball and slotted it home to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead.

FC Dallas would respond in the 29th minute through Blas Perez, as he poked home from close range off a rebound to tie the match at 1-1.

Recently retired Captain Jay DeMerit was given a round of applause soon after the 30 minute mark and saluted the BC Place crowd in response.

FC Dallas would score again on 39 minutes after Carlyle Mitchell inexplicably handballed a ball in the box when his keeper was calling for it. Ousted chewed him out before watching Michel strike one past him on the penalty kick to give FC Dallas a 2-1 lead.

FC Dallas would take the 2-1 lead into the half, and to start the 2nd half would bring on Mauro Diaz for Matt Hedges.

In the 51st minute FC Dallas midfielder Moises Hernandez handled the ball in the box, giving a away a penalty to the Whitecaps. After some minor pushing and shoving Pedro Morales stepped up and put his shot the the left of Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez to tie the match at 2-2.

In the 58th minute Darren Mattocks earned a yellow card for a foul on Raul Fernandez, who on replays looked to have sold the ref on the foul call.

Soon after, David Ousted have to save Carlyle Mitchell again as the defender deflected a Dallas pass towards goal, with Ousted palming the ball out for a corner. Blas Perez then tested Ousted from distance but he was equal to the task.

In the 66th minute Erik Hurtado looked to have suffered a leg injury, and the Whitecaps brought on Kekuta Manneh to replace him.

Soon after on a Pedro Morales free kick, Carlyle Mitchell almost redeemed himself as he got his head onto the Morales delivery and hit the crossbar.

In the 71st minute Sebastian Fernandez sent in Darren Mattocks all alone but Mattocks scuffed his chance from in close and shanked his effort wide.

76 minutes in, Morales would test Fernandez with a shot from just outside the box, with the keeper getting to the top corner shot just in time to keep the match tied at 2-2.

In the 82nd minute Dallas would bring on Peter Luccin for Blas Perez.

On 87 minutes, Morales tested Fernandez again, this time from just inside the box but again the Dallas keeper denied the Chilean.

FC Dallas would make another subsitution on 89 minutes, with Ryan Hollingshead coming on for Tesho Akindele.

In stoppage time Nigel Reo-Coker came on for Steven Beitashour, who looked to have pulled his hamstring late in the match. The Whitecaps would then make their final substitution a minute later with Omar Salgado coming on for Sebastian Fernandez. Neither substitute could get the goal that the Whitecaps wanted as they dominated the 2nd half but failed to capitalize on their chances, only managing a 2-2 draw.

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