A Late PK Makes It 2-1 For The Whitecaps vs FC Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas came away with a huge 2-1 victory Wednesday night from BC Place. Facing the 2nd best team in the west Vancouver was able to show why they shouldn’t be a bottom-of-the-table team.
After FC Dallas opened the scoring late in the 1st half thanks to an extra-time goal from Paul Ariola. The Whitecaps were able to respond with two goals in the 2nd half. Brain White was able to get a super-sub goal in the 71st minute before Lucas Cavallini would score on a Penalty Kick in the 2nd half added time.
Lineups, News, and Notes
Another midweek match for the Vancouver Whitecaps which means more squad rotation for Vanni Sartini after a 3-3 draw against San Jose. Vancouver would go with their usual 3-4-2-1 hybrid formation with Cody” The Stopper” Cropper in the net. Javain Brown, Ranko Veselinovic, and Jake Nerwinski are at the back from right to left.
In the midfield Ryan Raposo, Russell Teibert, Michael Baldisimo, and Cristian Gutierrez would line up from right to left. Cristian Dajome and Deiber Caicedo would play in a lower role underneath Lucas Cavallini who had his best game as a Whitecap against San Jose.
FC Dallas and head coach Nico Estévez would make 3 changes from the side that won 3-1 over the LA Galaxy. Jimmy Mauer would start in the net in front of a 4-3-3 formation. Nanu, Matt Hedges, Nkosi Tafari, and Marco Farfan would start at the back from right to left.
FC Dallas would start with Paxton Pomykal, Edwin Cerrillo, and Brandon Servania in the midfield. Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira, and Jader Obrien would start up top for the 2nd place team in the Western Conference.
Both Sides Play A Timid 1st Half
Vancouver would kick things off in the first half at BC Place. They would move down the touchline and Vancouver would win a throw. A half-chance to attack before giving it right back to FC Dallas. A slow start to the match for both sides as we moved into the 4th minute of play with very little happening. Vancouver would win the ball back in the FC Dallas half and work it around the back before playing it back to Cropper. His distribution was poor and it was out for a Dallas throw.
The turnovers would continue and Caicedo was able to find Cavallini at the top of the box. He turned and fired a shot but it would go wide of the far post. Baldisimo would earn the first foul of the match after taking down Arriola. Dallas would work it down the left side of the pitch and win the first corner of the match. Arriola would whip into the near post but it was cleared by Teibert. It would come out to Servania but his shot was well over the net.
The Whitecaps seemed to be trying to force the issue on the counterattack as Caicedo had lots of room down the right side. He tried to cut it back to Cavallini but it was cleared. The ball would come to Teibert and his shot on the net would go off the face of Pomykal and he was down for a couple of minutes getting treatment. Dallas would regain possession after the play resumed and work it around the back looking for space as we moved past the 10th minute.
After an errant pass by the visiting side, Vancouver would take control once again. Raposo would find Caicedo on a nice run and he would win the Caps their first corner. It was played short for a training ground play but FC Dallas was able to get in the crossing lanes and block it before eventually being able to clear the ball. They would try and counter quickly but Ferreria’s shot was wide of the net.
FC Dallas would get a great chance in the 14th minute after Dajome was called for a foul on Servania at the top of the box. Arriola would take the kick and send it just over the crossbar past a diving Cody Cropper. Vancouver would regain possession after some nice defensive work from Caicedo to win the ball back. They would switch play and try and find some room against the FC Dallas backline. A quick turnover from the home side and Arriola would try and spring his teammate on a long run but it was too long and right to Cropper.
FC Dallas had a great chance to switch but the pass to Arriola was over his head and out for a Vancouver throw in the 24th minute. Dallas would regain control and work it around the left side. It was a back and forth start to the match as no team wanted to hold the ball for longer than 3 minutes. Some nice work from Cavallini would win Vancouver a foul deep in the Dallas end. Raposo would cross it into the back post but Cavallini’s header was cleared to the Vancouver half.
The turnovers continued for both sides but Vancouver did look more dangerous in the early stages of the match. The match would move past the 30th minute with both teams locked up 0-0. The first real chance of the match would come to FC Dallas minutes later. Servania would float in a great early cross that ran all the way through and Obrian was able to get a decent shot on Cropper. The Caps keeper made the save but the ball would go out for a corner kick.
The action slowed down once again as the match moved into the 20th minute of play. Arriola would try and beat his man down the left side and cross it into the box but Veselinovic was able to clear it out of touch. Vancouver would try and work it back the other way quickly but Dajome was pickpocketed by Arriola and FC Dallas would take back control. Both sides would turn it over once again as the match looked to get some fluidity. Nerwinski was fouled in the box trying to defend for Vancouver.
It was driven into the box but Cropper was able to punch the ball away from danger. Referee Ismir Pekmic would halt play after Matt Hedges took a knock to the head. Hedges would be okay to continue and the play would resume as we moved into the 36th minute. Dallas would try and move down the left side but the ball was out of the back for a goal kick. Vancouver would play it up quickly and Cavallini would try and find Caicedo on the cross. it was defended well and cleared out for a throw for the Caps.
The first yellow card of the match would go to Michale Baldisimo in the 40th minute for a hard challenge on Pomykal. It was taken and Dallas choose to play it out wide instead of trying their luck on the net. Vancouver would win the ball back as the first half ticked away. The Tauros would try and send Obrian in alone but the passes were always a bit heavy. Javain Brown would see a yellow card in the 45th minute for a foul earlier.
the 4th official would signal 4 added minutes of play between the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas. Vancouver would concede a throw and Dallas tried to break the deadlock before the whistle went on the 1st half. The Whitecaps tried to move ahead but Dallas was quick on the counterattack after a turnover. Ferreira would find Arriola wide open on the right side of the box and he was able to slot it past Cropper for the 1-0 lead.
It was a terrible goal to concede late after the Whitecaps had played the 2nd best team in the West pretty evenly. The Caps would try and respond with a late throw but Dallas was able to clear it to Raposo before his shot was over the net and the whistle would blow on the 1st half. Dallas had 61% of the possession and 2 shots on target. It was a frustrating half for Vanni Sartini as he spoke to the TSN broadcast.
Caps Find Another Spectacular 2nd Half Finish
No changes for either side as FC Dallas would kick off the 2nd half up 1-0 over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Vancouver would once again win an early throw and play it around at the top of the box. Teibert would find Raposo but his chip would go on top of the net for a goal kick for Jimmy Maurer. Dallas would come back on the attack and Veselinovic had to clear it out of the box for a corner kick. It was taken short and played back to Farfan who had a go from distance. Cropper had to be sharp to get a finger on it and force it out for another corner.
It was delivered into the box and Baldisimo had to clear it out for another corner. It was played in by Arriola to the near post and Dajome had to head it away. It was right back to Arriola and his cross was cleared out for a 3rd consecutive corner. This time it would bounce around in the Vancouver box before Gutierrez was able to win a foul on Hedges. Pomykal was shown a yellow card in the 52nd minute after kicking the ball back at Gutierrez and the Caps could regroup.
some better work from the Whitecaps to win a throw down the right side. Teibert would float in a ball that neither Veselinovic nor Nerwinski could get a head-on but Dallas was forced to clear it out for another throw. Vancouver would continue to control the ball as the 2nd half moved past the 55th minute. Dallas would counter but Dajome made sure Nanú wasn’t going anywhere with a hard foul in the 56th minute. The home side would regain possession and try and move it up the field.
The caps would press more as the match moved on and do some nice work to win a corner kick. Raposo tried to cross it through the box but it would run past everyone and the ensuing cross was blocked out for the corner. Dallas was able to clear the danger and Brian White would come on to replace Ryan Rapsoso for Vanni Sartini’s Caps in the 59th minute of play. Teibert would foul Arriola and Dallas would take over once again.
They would play it back and both sides would trade turnovers once again. Dallas was very comfortable sitting back and waiting on a mistake from the Whitecaps. Vancouver would win the ball back and try and attack down the left side but Dajome had his cross cleared before the Caps could make them pay. The match would roll into the 66th minute with FC Dallas up 1-0. Vancouver would keep pressing on the attack and would cross the ball in again only to have it cleared by Dallas.
The first change for head coach Nico Estévez would be bringing on Emmanuel Twumasi for Farfan in the 67th minute. Vancouver would win a throw-in deep but Dallas was able to defend it well and the ball deflected out for a goal-kick for Maurer. Vanni Sartini would make his second substitution of the match as Leonard Owusu would come on to replace Baldisimo. Dallas would control things with the 1-0 lead as the match moved into the 70th minute.
Vancouver would win it back and get space on the wings but their crosses were easily cleared by Dallas. The Whitecaps would win the ball back and tie things up for the home side. Some nice passing to find Gutierrez down the left side and his cross was flicked in perfectly from Brian White. Just like that in the 71st minute, the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas had tied things up 1-1.
The Whitecaps would win the ball back once again and Pomykal was called for the foul on Caicedo. Gutierrez would float it into the box but Maurer was able to come off his line and grab the ball and win a foul against Veselinovic. Dallas would make two more substitutions bringing on Tsiki Ntsabeleng and Franco Jara to replace Pomykal and Obrian in the 74th minute. The home side would control and Cavallini was sent down the left wing by Brian White.
He would cross it across the box and it would run to Dajome but his shot was wide of the net. The Caps would continue on the attack and win a free kick in the Dallas end after a foul by Emmanuel Twumasi. They would bring players forward from the back but the ball in from Gutierrez was far too close to Maurer and he was able to come off his line and grab it. Dallas would control and work down the left wing but were forced to play it back.
A cross into the box was easily cleared by Vancouver and Dallas would regroup. Javain Brown was able to make a nice clearance for Vancouver but the ball was still in their half with Dallas pressing. Jara would play in a nice back heel off the throw and the ball would come to Ferreira in the box. He would elect to cut it back instead of having a shot on net and Vancouver was able to clear before it came back to Jara. Arriola would try his chances with a cross and it had to be cleared as it bounced around in the box in the 79th minute.
The ball would come back to the Tauros who would play it around before giving up a free-kick to the Caps. It was whipped in by Caicedo to the top of the box but easily cleared away by Dallas. Vancouver would try and move back in down the right side but Caicedo would be offside. Vanni Sartini would make a double change in the 82nd minute bringing on Pedro Vite and Marcus Godinho for Caicedo and Dajome as Vancouver looked to get 1 point out of the match.
Dallas would also make a substitution, replacing Matt Hedges with Joshue Quiñónez. The Whitecaps would turn it over to Dallas after play resumed but they would return the favor by sending it out for a goal-kick. The two sides would trade turnovers as we moved past the 84th minute of play. Dallas would find some space but Jesus Ferreira would send his attempt well over the target. The visiting squad would win it back right away and continue to control play as they worked it around the back.
After a turnover by Dallas Vancouver would push ahead on the attack and try and find that winning goal late. The ball would take a nice deflection out for an 87th-minute corner for the Caps. Gutierrez would drive the ball in but it was cleared by Dallas but right back to Guti. He would try again but it would be cleared once more by the Dallas defenders. The ball would come all the way back to Cody “The Stopper” Cropper but his clearance was poor once again and Vancouver would turn it over.
Javain Brown would win a foul for the Whitecaps after an aerial challenge with Jara in the 89th minute. The 4th official would signal 5 added minutes of play as the match resumed. Vancouver would send in the free-kick and after bouncing around the box Maurer would come off his line and try and grab it. The ball would spill loose to Brian White who would send it back into the box. It rattled around once more before falling to the feet of Veselinovic.
He tried to turn and was cut down by Cerrillo in the box and referee Pekmic instantly pointed to the penalty spot. Lucas Cavallini would step up and calmly slot it past keeper Maurer to give Vancouver the 2-1 lead late in the match. It was well deserved for Vancouver who had been the better team all night.
FC Dallas would try and come on the attack quickly but an errant pass out of touch would give Vancouver a chance to kill more of the clock. They would turn the ball over to Dallas and get back on defense as the away side would win a free-kick. Paul Arriola would send in a nice ball but Cavallini would win a foul and be down on the pitch clutching his head.
The play would resume and Cavallini would take another hard foul to the head. He got up and went right at Emmanuel Twumasi and both players were shown yellow cards. It was a rather soft call from Ismir Pekmic as the match was drawing to a close but Lucas Cavallini will miss Sunday afternoon in Charlotte due to yellow card accumulation. The play would resume and the final whistle would blow on the Whitecaps’ 2-1 victory over FC Dallas.
Post Match Thoughts And Media Whitecaps Vs FC Dallas
The Whitecaps vs FC Dallas came away with a huge 2-1 victory Wednesday night at BC Place. Vanni Sartini was very pleased with the result and spoke about the message he sent to his squad at halftime after giving up a late 1st half goal to FC Dallas.
“I think we’ve been the best team the entire game. Not thinking about the mistake, we made a terrible mistake on the goal and talking about that we were the best team and it was a fact. It was a fact that we were the best team. So we keep have to keep pushing to be a little more intense, and we did. I think we could have done much better in the final third. I think we had a lot of crosses where we could have attacked the space much better. But I was very pleased even if we didn’t score at the end. To be honest, we made a gift to them for the first goal, they made a gift to us for the 2-1.”
He also spoke about the resiliency of his squad in the 2nd half. How they were not only able to get one goal but two to give the Caps all 3 points.
“It shows the resiliency of the team and how good we are mentally and physically at the moment. But again, I would love to have a game where we are 2-0 at the end of the first half, and maybe we manage the second half. But you know, every game in MLS is very close. Every team is hard to beat and the fact that we did three wins and one tie in this home stretch, and we almost won against San Jose and we could have done four out of four. It shows how the team reacted very well after a very poor moment and so I’m very proud of the guys.”
Brian White spoke about his goal for the Whitecaps, “It’s good to get back on the scoresheet and help the team win. Obviously, it’s been a few games since I had a goal, so I’ve been really, really wanting to get on the scoresheet. It’s great to come in and help the team win.”
He would continue and break down the goal, “Guti [Gutierrez] had the ball, took a touch out. I just made a run to the near post and I was hoping that he’d put the ball in. He did, it was a great cross, and I just got good contact on it.”
Lucas Cavallini would speak last after his 1 goal and 1 yellow card performance. He spoke about the win for the Whitecaps, “We needed to jump back on track in the fight to the playoffs, especially playing at home, taking advantage of these home games, no travel. So this is nice, back-to-back games. We need to rest the legs and recover nicely here at home. So we took advantage of that. Today we needed a win and we needed those three points from losing two points last game, but now we’re back on track and we’ve got to keep fighting.”
I also asked Lucas about if this is the most fun he is having for the Vancouver Whitecaps right now? This was his response.
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
It was a big 2-1 win for the Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas and there were once again lots of moments to choose from. Goals, saves, and yellow cards for Cava, what else could we ask for?
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
It was well deserved for Vancouver to win a late penalty kick thanks to Ranko Veselinovic. Lucas Cavallini stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted it past keep Jimmy Maurer.
That makes 2 goals in 2 matches for Cavallini but a late yellow card means he will be out against FC Charlotte on Sunday. Let’s hope Cava can use the rest and be ready for next week’s Canadian Championship match against Cavalry FC.
The Unnamed Security Of The Match
When you do your job as well as Residual Image does then you need extra security! It can be tough for Photogs nowadays.
Great shot here from Couch Ultra’s to let every see what kind of security the top dogs get.
The Unnamed UnMedia Moment Of The Match
Jake Nerwinski and Brian White took over the post-game media duties on the pitch. Besides Jake going full Canadian they crushed it! Yeah, hey bud to you Jake!
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps momentarily moved out of the MLS Western Conference basement before San Jose was able to sneak out a win. They will head out on the road and take on expansion side Charlottle FC on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates about the Vancouver Whitecaps. Check out the 90 + Podcast with Ben Righetti and me as we break down the 2-1 victory for the Whitecaps vs FC Dallas. Check out the Sports Talk Line Website for all your sports needs.
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