In front of a crowd of 11, 312, Maxime Crepeau stole the show Saturday night by saving all 3 points for the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas. After Brian White would open the scoring for the home side in the 20th minute on a great chip-in from Russell Teibert. The Whitecaps looked to have all 3 points secured but a late foul by Patrick Metcalfe would go to VAR.
FC Dallas was awarded a late penalty kick and a chance to steal points on the road against Vancouver. Maxime Crepeau was equal to the task and came up with a huge save in front of the BC Place crowd. The Whitecaps vs FC Dallas was able to come away with all 3 points in a must-win match against a team below them in the standings. Vanni Sartinti would game plan just enough to push the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas to a narrow 1-0 win. Let’s see how the action broke down between the two teams.
Lineup News And Notes Whitecaps vs FC Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps would go with a 3-4-1-2 formation with both Lucas Cavallini and White up top in front of Ryan Gauld. Vanni Sartini would deploy 4 in the midfield with Cristian Dajome and Bruno Gaspar flanking Leonard Owusu and Captain Russell Teibert. Jake Nerwinski, Ranko Veselinovic, and Andy Rose would be the last line of defense in front of Maxime Crepeau.
The Interim Coach on the FC Dallas side, Marco Ferruzzi, would go with a 4-2-3-1 formation. The young American National player Ricardo Pepi would start up front looking to improve on his hot streak of late. Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira and Jader Obrian would look to provide service to the youngster. Bryan Acosta and Facundo Quignon would sit in a holding midfield role to start the match.
Jimmy Maurer was back from injury and between the sticks for FC Dallas. He would be defended by Ema Twumasi, Matt Hedges, Bressan and Justin Che from left to right.
Brian White And The Whitecaps Take A 1-0 First Half Lead
The Whitecaps would kick off the action in the first half as both teams looked to settle in. A quick long ball from Rose led to a brief scramble for position but Leonard Owusu would come away with the ball. He would pick out Brain White with a great pass but FC Dallas was able to catch up and cut off White before he was able to get a shot attempt. Vancouver would stay on the attack and win the first corner in the 3rd minute on a Teibert cross looking to pick out Cavallini.
Gauld would deliver it into the box for a great chance for Dajome, he was able to get a strong header but Maurer was quick on his line to make the save. FC Dallas was able to clear the ball out for a throw to alleviate the pressure. The Whitecaps would win back the ball and continue dictating the pace early in the match. It wasn’t until the 7th minute that Obrian would win a free kick from a Jake Nerwinski tackle. Acosta would send the free kick through the box and past everyone for a Whitecaps throw.
The Whitecaps vs FC Dallas would roll into the 8th minute with both teams getting chances. Vancouver would win a free kick after some nice ball movement. Dajome was taken down by Acosta and the Caps would take the free kick quickly and work it out wide to the right side. It would eventually come back to Owusu who would find Dajome in the middle of the pitch. After some dancing from Dajome he would unleash a shot from distance that didn’t trouble Maurer and ran out for a goal kick.
FC Dallas would get the next chance after Dajome was called for a foul on Pepi. Ferreira would take the free kick quickly and find Obrain down the right side. He was able to get a strong shot on Maxime Crepeau who parried the ball out for a corner kick. The corner was taken hastly and wasted by FC Dallas which allowed Vancouver to take over possession. Play would go back and forth for the next couple of minutes as the teams tried to establish a footing.
We moved into the 17th minute and FC Dallas would look to capitalize from a set peice. The first attempt was cleared out for another corner before a header from Matt Hedges was blocked by the Whitecaps before they were able to clear and counter the other way. It was worked down the left side and crossed through the box and fall to Owusu. He played it back to Russell Teibert who was given far too much room and was able to cross it into the box. Brian White was able to beat the defender to the ball and head it home for the 1-0 Whitecaps lead.
Dallas would try and take over possession after the goal. They were looking to dictate the pass and tie things up but Che would be called for a foul on Dajome in the 23rd minute. Vancouver was able to re-group and attack down the left side through Cavallini. He was able to break in but his cross would run out for a throw and FC Dallas was able to calm things down.
In the 30th minute Dallas looked to break in but Andy Rose was taken down by Pomykal and Vancouver could play it from the back. they were able to work it up quickly and a cross-in from Dajome would fall dangerously to Cava but it was off his chest and cleared by FC Dallas. Vancouver would keep on the attack winning a throw in the 33rd minute in the Dallas end. Despite a nice throw by Dajome Vancouver couldn’t threaten the Dallas goal. The Ball would go out for a Dallas throw and they would break quickly and win a free kick in a dangerous spot.
Acosta would deliver the ball into the box but it was easily cleared by Owusu to half. The away side would come back quickly and Pepi would take a shot from a distance that would run wide and not test Crepeau. It was a timid end to the half for Vancouver as they were sitting back with their one-goal lead. FC Dallas was trying to break the lines but some nice defending from Ranko Veselinovic and Andy Rose stopped the danger. The match moved into the 38th minute and Vancouver would win a goal kick after some nice defending by Dajome down the left side.
The Whitecaps would win a free kick in the 40th minute but it was delivered short by Gauld. Vancouver would stay on possession and Andy Rose would cross in a beautiful ball from the right side but the header from Cava was punched out by Maurer for a corner kick. Dallas was able to clear the first corner out before conceding a second and clearing it. Vancouver would stay on the ball and almost get a second goal in the 41st minute. A nice pass from Cava sprung Dajome who was able to cut it back to Brian White. His shot was just off target and the score would stay 1-0 for the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas.
Cava would win the ball back shortly after, winning a foul against the away side. Crepeau tried to spring the attack quickly but it was just long and out of touch for a Dallas goal kick. FC Dallas were getting some shots but Vancouver was good to keep everything to the outside and allow Maxime Crepeau to smoother it in a great position. The 4th official would signal an added 2 minutes as the Whitecaps looked to take the 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Vancouver Would Hold Onto The Lead Thanks To A Miracle Save From Maxime Crepeau
No changes for either side as the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas would attack the southside in the second half. Attack they did to start the half as some great play from Cava and Dajome would win a corner kick. It was delivered to the back post and cleared by Dallas. Vancouver would remain in possession and White was almost able to set up Cavallini. It would run just past him and the visitors were able to clear and counter. The attack would fizzle and the ball would run to Crepeau would regained possession for Vancouver.
FC Dallas looked to have a positive attack in the 49th minute but the cross was long and ran out for a Whitecaps throw. The Whitecaps would take their turn to attack and Cavallini was sprung down the left side. He would win a corner for Vancouver and get on the end of a Gauld corner. He was able to get a head on the ball but it was wide of the net and out for a goal kick. Vancouver would hold onto their lead as we moved into the 52nd minute.
Some great work by Dajome and the forwards pressing Dallas would win back the ball. Dajome was able to head down the left touchline but his cross was skied over the net. Bruno Gaspar would be shown a yellow card in the 53rd minute. The teams would trade possession as the managers figured out what substitutions they wanted to make. Vancouver would get a chance in the 55th minute after a great run from Ryan Gauld. He was able to find White but Mora was able to save the initial shot before pouncing on the rebound.
FC Dallas would get the next chance down the left side as Obrian would get some room in the box. He would cross it but no one was there and Vancouver would take over on the throw. The Whitecaps vs FC Dallas would get physical as Lucas Cavallini was shown a yellow card for a hard foul on Bressan in the 58th minute. Dajome would test Maurer shortly after but the Dallas keeper was able to knock it out for a corner. The ball would come to Andy Rose but his shot attempt was blocked.
Both teams would make subs in the 61st minute. FC Dallas would bring on Jose Martinez for Che and Szabolcs Schon for Pomykal. Vanni Sartini would also make two changes replacing Lucas Cavallini with Deiber Caicedo and Javain Brown for Bruno Gaspar. The Whitecaps were doing a good job defensively keeping things to the outside and away from the dangerous areas. Vancouver woul concede a corer kick but FC Dallas weren’t able to convert on the set play. Dallas would receive their first yellow card in the 71st minute after a Matt Headges tackle on Caicedo.
The score would remain 1-0 for the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas as Vancouver would go back on the attack in the 73rd minute. Caicedo would get a nice pass and some room in the middle of the pitch but his shot was wide of the net and out for Dallas’s goal kick. Vancouver would sit back and allow the away side to hold the ball but they weren’t able to find any gaps in the backline. More changes would come in the 76th minute as Marco Ferruzzi would bring on Andres Ricaurte. and Sartini would replace Dajome with Patrick Metcalfe.
Maxime Crepeau was forced into a save as Dallas would move in on the attack. Vancouver would slow things down and send it back towards the Dallas end as we moved into the 80th minute of action. Despite some nice passing from the away side the ball would eventually be sent long and run straight to Crepeau. He would slow things down momentarily before Dallas was right back in on the attack. Ferriera was able to get in a nice position and test the Whitecaps keeper from distance but Crepeau was equal to the task.
Dallas would control in the 82nd minute before a great defensive play from Rayn Gauld. He was able to break away before getting fouled by Twumasi. He was shown a yellow card and Vanni Sartini was able to make the last of his changes. Tosaint Ricketts would replace Brian White while Janio Bikel would come on to lock things down for Leonard Owusu in the 84th minute. The ball would come back through Andy Rose and Crepeau would go long. Ricketts would be called for a foul which allowed Dallas to make another change.
FC Dallas Head coach would go all-out attack as he brought on Franco Jara for Twumasi. With just 5 minutes left plus added time Dallas was playing high on the attack, It left them open on the counter once again and Ryan Gauld was hauled down by Acosta in the 86th for a free-kick. It was sent to the back post beyond any Vancouver player and Dallas would regain possession. It was a nervous last couple of minutes for Vancouver fans as Pepi would be sent in on a great pass. Andy Rose was able to get back and block it before it could get to Crepeau.
Time was running out for Dallas as we neared the final minute of regular time. A strong shape by Vancouver was able to discourage any cheap attempts into the box. It was a strong defensive performance from the home side. The 4th official would signal an additional 4 minutes of play as Vancouver looked to secure all three points. Some great work from Captain Russell Teibert to win a free kick. Acosta was shown a yellow card for his efforts and Vancouver was able to kill another 30 seconds.
Dallas would attack in the final minutes of added time with a great cross to the back post. Patrick Metcalfe came in with a hard challenge, he got his hands up on Acosta, and referee Kevin Stott would go to VAR. It was a quick look at the video review before calling for a penalty shot. Jader Obrian would step up and strike it to the left. Maxime Crepeau guessed the right way and was able to deny the goal. He was briefly mauled by his teammates before yelling at them to get back into position. Dallas would get one more chance before the final whistle but Jara’s shot was over the net.
It was an important 3 points for the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas as they try and keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
Post Match Thoughts And Media
Vanni Sartini was happy to speak to the media about the match against FC Dallas. He spoke about the 1-0 win and the penalty late. “I was thinking that the world isn’t fair because we deserved to win more than 1-0. I think we played really well. Of course, we need to capitalize and score the chances that we have. There was this feeling that we were doing everything well and in the end, even Maxime [Crepeau] did well. It was a little bit of a roller coaster.”
“I think I lost my English composure at some point, right. I think we played fantastically and the only thing that missed today was scoring at the end, we had like six, seven chances. Build up, pressing, everything. So if they would’ve scored the penalty, and to be honest I don’t know if it’s a penalty or not, I was very angry because I think that when the referee stopped the ball, that was our ball not their ball from the play that originated the penalty. But, you know, justice was served.”
He would continue about the play of his goalkeeper, “Max did very well, especially in the build-up. And then of course he did what he does. Very good gives us a safety net, or let’s say, safety to the team. When he went to the Gold Cup, I actually joked with him and I told him, finally you saved a penalty against Mexico and now it’s time to save a penalty for us, and then he did. I think he did really well and he’s been solid but it’s three years he’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the league, so there’s no surprise.”
I asked Maxime Crepeau his thoughts on the match tonight, “To be fair, the team was locked in the first minute of the game until the end. They came in tactically, technically to be close to each other, to make it hard on them because the only solution that they had pretty much offensively was the long ball in behind the fullbacks, and then Andy had to shift, and Jake on the other side had to shift when it went across.”
“And so the guys did really well and were compact, and with the ball, we were composed and were able to turn into important spaces and launch the ball on their flanks so they weren’t defending facing vertical, in which was just difficult for them to do. And after that we had a lot of corners too, to create a lot of chances. And so, to be fair, we deserved that tonight.”
Last up was “coach” Andy Rose with his thoughts on the overall play from the squad Saturday night, “I felt in the first half, in particular, was one of our better 45 minutes of the season, in terms of tactically, I felt like we completely outplayed them. We had some big moments in front of [the] goal, probably deserved to come in more than one goal up. But then you know as the game wears on, and you understand that the other team’s going to have their moments as well.”
“For the most part [we] dealt with it really really well, and then, of course, you need certain players to step up in big key moments and of course so happy for Max. He deserves those kind of moments the way he trains and the way he has improved, what he’s going to go on and achieve in the game. [An] awesome moment for him, and awesome moment for us as a team.” Said Andy Rose.
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Only one goal tonight for the Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas so I won’t be featuring it in my Unnamed Moments Of The Match. It was a great result for the Whitecaps thanks to an amazing save from Maxime Crepeau. That is my Unnamed Moment Of The Match! For the rest of the things I am going to through it to the Whitecaps fans at the match and on Twitter.
The Unnamed Moment Of The Match
With the score 1-0 for the Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas. Referee Kevin Stott would miss a foul on Jáder Obrian as he was taken down in the box by Patrick Metcalfe. VAR was quick to call him over and after a quick review a penalty kick was awarded for FC Dallas. Maxime Crepeau was equal to the task as he made a huge save and then ushered his team back into position until the final whistle.
The Unnamed Reaction To The Match
I couldn’t celebrate a win like that without getting your reactions from Twitter. It was a great atmosphere for everyone in attendance and fans at home were just as excited.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas was able to hold onto the 1-0 lead thanks to an amazing penalty save from Maxime Crepeau. The win moves Vancouver back within 3 points of a playoff spot in the MLS Western Conference Standings. They will look to gain more ground as they head to Houston to take on the Dynamo in a mid-week showdown.
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