FRISCO, TX – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-5-4) fought back for a resilient 2-2 draw against FC Dallas (4-1-5) on a scorching Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium.
After trailing 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to go, the 'Caps battled back to earn a point with the tying goal coming 10 minutes into stoppage time.
Head coach Carl Robinson made five changes from Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against San Jose Earthquakes. Fullbacks Jake Nerwinski and Brett Levis came in for Sean Franklin and Marcel de Jong, Russell Teibert stepped in for Efraín Juárez in central midfield, and wingers Bernie Ibini and Brek Shea replaced Cristian Techera and Alphonso Davies.
An even first half saw a Felipe free kick struck inches wide on 30 minutes, and a good save by goalkeeper Brian Rowe on Santiago Mosquera three minutes later.
Dallas eventually opened the scoring on 40 minutes. Right back Reggie Cannon cut in on his left foot and hit a curling shot to the far corner for a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the ‘Caps had a pair of good looks on goal. In the 56th minute, a goal from Kei Kamara was called back for an apparent foul on goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.
And in the 72nd minute substitute Anthony Blondell had the ball in on goal, but eventually had a shot attempt blocked.
However in the 78th minute, Dallas doubled their advantage as Maxi Urruti finished with a low strike into the far corner to make it 2-0.
The 'Caps would not go down without a fight though, and clawed a goal back three minutes later as Blondell didn't give up on a ball at the end line, poking it towards the centre of the box which resulted in an own goal off of Dallas centre back Maynor Figueroa.
Refusing to give up, the 'Caps had one final desperation kick into the box in the dying seconds. As Blondell went up for a header into a gaping net, Maurer came out hard and collided with him, giving the Blue and White a very late penalty kick.
Kamara stepped up to take it, finding the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season and a very hard-fought 2-2 draw.
Record setter. @KeiKamara scores latest stoppage-time goal in @MLS history with 100th-minute equalizer for @WhitecapsFC. #DALvVAN— Kurt Austin (@kaustin01) May 19, 2018
99:36 Kei Kamara 5/19/18 (VAN 2, DAL 2)
99:35 Kaka 6/25/16 (ORL 3, TOR 2)
99:17 Dominic Oduro 9/25/10 (HOU 1, DC 3) https://t.co/H8Ls3q0SXh
Referee: Ted Unkel
40’ – DAL – Reggie Cannon (Roland Lamah)
Shots: Dallas 16 – Vancouver 6
Shots on Goal: Dallas 7 – Vancouver 1
Fouls: Dallas 15 – Vancouver 13
Corners: Dallas 3 – Vancouver 6
16’ – VAN – Felipe