The Vancouver Whitecaps (4-5-4, 16pts) continued their string of draws with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at FC Dallas (4-1-5, 17pts) Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium on a day the temperature hit 90 degrees ( 32 Celsius).
The Whitecaps have become somewhat of the draw kings as Saturdays draw at FC Dallas was the clubs third in a row. The Whitecaps last win was April 27th 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at BC Place. Head coach Carl Robinson will look at Saturday’s tie as a win rather than a loss as his team fought back from a 2-0 deficit after just 10 minutes of play to nab the point with the tying goal coming 10 minutes into stoppage time
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.
Dallas opened the scoring in the 40th minute when Dallas Right back Reggie Cannon hit a curling left shot into the back of the Whitecaps net.
An even first half saw a Felipe free-kick struck inches wide at 30 minutes, and a good save by goalkeeper Brian Rowe on a shot by Santiago Mosquera three minutes later. The Whitecaps had two decent looks at the Dallas goal but both shots went wanting as Kei Kamara’s 56th-minute goal was called back due to offside, while Anthony Blondell’s 72 minute shot on goal was blocked
The home side doubled their lead in the 79th minute when Maxi Urruti’s low strike in the 78th minute found the far corner. The Whitecaps continued with there never say die attitude and the unwavering determination paid off in the 82 minute when Blondell hustled down the end line, poked the ball into the Dallas center box and the cross resulsted in an in an own goal off of Dallas center back Maynor Figueroa.
Blondell also played a part in the visitors second and deciding goal when the ‘Caps 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.
The ‘Caps now return to BC Place for a home match against New England Revolution next Saturday, May 26, with a 2:30 p.m. PT kickoff. This will be the final match for captain Kendall Waston before joining the Costa Rican national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. For ticket information visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Yordy Reyna
Referee: Ted Unkel
40′ – DAL – Reggie Cannon (Roland Lamah)
78′ – DAL – Maximiliano Urruti (Santiago Mosquera, Mauro Díaz)
82′ – VAN – Maynor Figueroa (own goal)
90’+10 – VAN – Kei Kamara (penalty kick)
Possession: Dallas 52.2% – Vancouver 47.8%
Shots: Dallas 16 – Vancouver 6
Shots on Goal: Dallas 7 – Vancouver 1
Saves: Dallas 0 – Vancouver 5
Fouls: Dallas 15 – Vancouver 13
Offsides: Dallas 1 – Vancouver 1
Corners: Dallas 3 – Vancouver 6
16′ – VAN – Felipe
47′ – DAL – Matt Hedges
55′ – DAL – Mauro Díaz
68′ – VAN – José Aja
90’+8 – DAL – Jimmy Maurer
14.Jimmy Maurer; 2.Reggie Cannon, 24.Matt Hedges, 31.Maynor Figueroa, 6.Anton Nedyalkov; 23.Kellyn Acosta (15.Jacori Hayes HT), 7.Carlos Gruezo; 11.Santiago Mosquera, 10.Mauro Díaz (12.Ryan Hollingshead 84′), 20.Roland Lamah (21.Michael Barrios 68′); 37.Maximiliano Urruti
Substitutes not used
1.Jesse Gonzalez, 8.Victor Ulloa, 9.Cristian Colmán, 13.Tesho Akindele
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12.Brian Rowe; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 18.José Aja, 46.Brett Levis (13.Cristian Techera 74′); 7.Bernie Ibini (67.Alphonso Davies 61′), 8.Felipe, 31.Russell Teibert, 20.Brek Shea (9.Anthony Blondell 68′); 29.Yordy Reyna, 23.Kei Kamara
Substitutes not used
39.Sean Melvin, 6.Efraín Juárez, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 66.Aly Ghazal