Resilient ‘Caps fight back for 2-2 draw in crazy ending in Dallas


FRISCO, Texas: 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.

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
Attendance: 13,907

Scoring Summary
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

FC Dallas
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