Vancouver Whitecaps vs FC Dallas Game Recap

Posted: April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER, B.C – After an underwhelming 3-1 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday night at BC Place Stadium the Vancouver Whitecaps took to the pitch on Saturday night against Western Conference rival FC Dallas. Looking to shakeup his teams starting 11 Whitecaps Coach Martin Rennie made 3 significant changes to his starting lineup. Eric Hassli, Davide Chiumiento, and John Thorrington found themselves on the bench while Matt Watson, Omar Salgado, and Camilo all got an opportunity to show their coach what they could do in front of a home crowd at BC Place Stadium. The coaching changes turned out to be exactly what the Whitecaps needed as they defeated FC Dallas 1-0.

Early on in the game it looked like the Whitecaps were taking shooting advice from the Vancouver Canucks. Several Whitecaps attempts on goal went well over top of the FC Dallas net. The Whitecaps had a corner in the 10th minute and all though they did not score directly from the corner their hard work and continuous counterattack lead to the Whitecaps scoring the lone goal. In the 11th minute Camilo received a pass on the wing from Young-Pyo Lee and cut into the middle of the field to blast the ball past backup FC Dallas goalie Chris Seitz. Seitz, who had not yet played for FC Dallas this season dove in a failed attempt to save Camilo’s shot. Camilo talked about his goal after the game. “Before I had once chance and after Lee gave me the pass dribbled two guys and shoot and score. This is good for us.”

FC Dallas came into this match with a week of rest having defeated the Montreal Impact 2-1 in Frisco, Texas on April 14th, while the Whitecaps played a mid-week game against the best team in MLS. Vancouver could have been expected to start out slow in the first half with FC Dallas controlling most of the play however this was simply not the case. FC Dallas was the team that didn’t look ready to play. The best scoring chance for FC Dallas came in the 37th minute when Bruno Guarda fired a shot on net from just inside the box. Whitecaps goalie Joe Cannon had zero difficulty and made a key save to keep the Whitecaps ahead before halftime.

Whitecaps midfielder Gershon Koffie drew a yellow card from referee Edvin Jurisevic after his tripped up FC Dallas winger Brek Shea in the 38th minute. FC Dallas is counting on Brek Shea to match or surpass his 11 goals scored last season if they are to make the playoffs in 2012. Shea has 1 goal in 5 games this season and missed some time with his team because he played on the United States under-23 team that failed to qualify for the London, Olympics.

The Whitecaps got a scare in the second half when El Paso, Texas native Omar Salgado went down and appeared to injure his right ankle in the 50th minute. Salgado was making his first start in a Whitecaps uniform since last July. Salgado came on as a sub against Sporting KC and setup a brilliant cross which led to the Whitecaps only goal on Wednesday. In his young MLS career with the Vancouver Whitecaps eighteen year-old Omar Salgado has found himself on the bench a lot. With his recent solid play Salgado might be earning himself a permanent spot in Martin Rennie’s starting 11. Salgado said this about the game. “It was really nice to get 75 minutes in with the first team. I’m excited and happy to play in that position and I’m looking forward to the next game in Columbus and get another win.”

Brek Shea had an opportunity to tie the game in the 61st minute of play when he broke down the wing and fired a long-range shot on goalie Joe Cannon. For the most part Brek Shea didn’t get many opportunities to score against Vancouver. Left back Jordan Harvey and right back Young-Pyo Lee did a great job keeping Shea to the outside. Shea is a talented winger with tons of great qualities but when he doesn’t get the ball and can’t get into a game he looks frustrated on the pitch. Shea scored the winning goal in the FC Dallas victory over Montreal last week but on this occasion the Whitecaps did a great job of containing him. Captain Jay DeMerit commented on Shea. “You’ve got to make sure that you don’t give him a lot of space to run at you. When he’s got time to run at you he’s as quick as they come. You’ve got to make sure that your cutting down his spaces early and make sure that you don’t let him cut inside and I thing Y.P. did a great job of doing that.”

Both teams made their first substitutions of the game in the 72nd and 73rd minute of play. With FC Dallas trailing by one forward Scott Sealy was brought on for midfielder Bruno Guarda. The Whitecaps subbed off Omar Salgado for former FC Dallas forward Atiba Harris. To the delight of the roaring crowd of 18,027 Eric Hassli came on for the Whitecaps in the 79th minute for goal-scorer and fan favourite Camilo. Just before leaving to a round of applause Camilo almost put the Whitecaps up by two when Sebastien Le Toux fed Camilo an excellent pass in the 74th minute. FC Dallas goalie Chris Seitz came across and closed his legs to turn away Camilo’s attempt for a 2nd goal. Even though Seitz was not supposed to play in this game he was not the reason FC Dallas lost tonight. The Whitecaps ability to play a solid mistake free game with few turnovers is what kept FC Dallas off the score sheet. The Vancouver Whitecaps played a team first game for 90 minutes and that’s why they earned 3 points.

Notes: Dallas goalie Kevin Hartman was expected to start but was pulled from the starting lineup because of back spasms 20 minutes before kickoff. The Vancouver Whitecaps will go on the road for their next game when they play the Columbus Crew on Saturday April 28th. FC Dallas will go home to play Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, April 25th.

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