VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-11L-7D) fell 2-1 to FC Dallas (15W-6L-8D) on Sunday afternoon in a hotly-contested Western Conference tilt at BC Place.
Kei Kamara provided the scoring for Vancouver, recording his team-leading 13th goal of the season in the 66th minute after some individual brilliance from Alphonso Davies. But it wasn’t enough, as Dallas emerged victorious and moved into first-place in the Western Conference thanks to a pair of set-piece goals at the end of each half.
The ‘Caps had their chances in this one, and Davies was front and centre.
In the 19th minute, the 17-year-old blew by FC Dallas left back Marquinhos Pedroso and cut it back to Kamara, whose acrobatic bicycle attempt struck the hand of Victor Ulloa. There were shouts for a handball, but it was not given.
Shortly later, the ‘Caps had their best chance of the first half when Cristian Techera struck the crossbar after receiving a cross from Brett Levis at the near post.
It was a decent spell of play from the home side but Dallas broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, with Santiago Mosquera heading in a Maximiliano Urruti free kick at the near post.
Vancouver would eventually equalize in the 66th minute through Kamara, who powered in a header after some fine work from Davies on the left.
Davies, who had dropped to left back with Levis leaving the match with a quad strain at halftime, beat two defenders before delivering a perfect cross into the box. It was Davies’ 11th assist of the season, one back of Pedro Morales for the all-time Whitecaps FC record in MLS.
But it was undone in the 87th minute, when Matt Hedges headed home a flicked-on corner at the back post to seal the three points for the visitors.
The ‘Caps now hit the road for a pair of road fixtures at LA Galaxy on September 29 and Toronto FC on October 6 before hosting Sporting Kansas City on October 17 at BC Place. Season Ticket Memberships for 2019 are on sale now, with fans able to save 12 per cent until Tuesday.
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MCMILLAN 'CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
For every 'Caps corner kick at home, McMillan donates $100 to the United Way. An additional $500 is donated for every goal scored off a corner kick. This match McMillan Corners for Kids has donated $500 for a running total of $9,700.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Russell Teibert
Referee: Alan Kelly
42’ – FCD – Santiago Mosquera (Maximiliano Urruti)
66’ – VAN – Kei Kamara (Alphonso Davies)
87’ – FCD – Matt Hedges (Michael Barrios, Maximiliano Urruti)
20’ – FCD – Marquinhos Pedroso
37’ – VAN – Russell Teibert
75’ – FCD – Michael Barrios
90’ – VAN – Cristian Techera
Possession: VAN 54.3% – FCD 45.7%
Shots: VAN 14 – FCD 17
Shots on Goal: VAN 1 – FCD 5
Saves: VAN 3 – FCD 1
Fouls: VAN 13 – FCD 13
Offsides: VAN 2 – FCD 0
Corners: VAN 5 – FCD 12
Duels won: VAN 80 – FCD 71
Tackles won: VAN 18 – FCD 16
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Stefan Marinović; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 2.Doneil Henry, 46.Brett Levis (11.Nicolás Mezquida HT); 67.Alphonso Davies, 66.Aly Ghazal (77.Jordon Mutch 64’), 31.Russell Teibert, 13.Cristian Techera; 23.Kei Kamara, 29.Yordy Reyna
Substitutes not used
39.Sean Melvin, 3.Sean Franklin, 6.Efraín Juárez, 8.Felipe, 19.Erik Hurtado
1.Jesse Gonzalez; 2.Reggie Cannon, 24.Matt Hedges, 3.Reto Ziegler, 6.Marquinhos Pedroso; 7.Carlos Gruezo, 8.Victor Ulloa; 21.Michael Barrios, 37.Maximiliano Urruti (10.Pablo Aranguiz 88’), 11.Santiago Mosquera (31.Maynor Figueroa 83’); 9.Cristian Colman (13.Tesho Akindele 77’)
Substitutes not used
14.Jimmy Maurer, 12.Ryan Hollingshead, 16.Dominique Badji, 44.Abel Aguilar