Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 FC Dallas: Fernandez brace snags vital win for Caps

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One game in 100 words: It was a competition that had notable Western Conference playoff consequences, and in the end, Vancouver needed the three points more than fourth-place FC Dallas, with Carl Robinson squad’s necessitating a cushion to stave off the Portland Timbers at sixth place in the West. Sebastian Fernandez was the x-factor in this contest, netting a brace that ultimately produced the scoreline, while FC Dallas sprayed seven of their 11 shots off target. When it came to possession, both squads enjoyed close to fifty percent, so it was plainly clear that the Toros couldn’t muster quality chances at BC Place. The Whitecaps will face rivals Seattle Sounders next, and FC Dallas will host the LA Galaxy next week.

 

Goals

Vancouver: Sebastian Fernandez 14’, 18’

FC Dallas: None

 

Three moments that mattered

4’ — Blas Perez clear-cut header goes wide — Jumping out to an early lead could’ve swung the game in FC Dallas’ favor, and even though Michel swung an on-target cross into the edge of the five-yard box for Blas Perez, burying the goal just wasn’t in the cards. The Panama international struck a well-hit header that skipped across the face of goal, completely avoiding the hands goalkeeper David Ousted. And after this try, Dallas saw few threatening scoring attempts from their side.

14’ — Fernandez’s fantastic header — Only fourteen minutes into the match, and the Whitecaps had grabbed the early 1-0 advantage. Sebastian Fernandez worked his way to the back post, and Mauro Rosales located him at the opposite wing, bending a cross into the box that Fernandez blasted with his head. FC Dallas goalie Raul Fernandez stretched and got a piece of the ball, but the powerful attempt flew into the top corner of the goal.

18’ — Fernandez’s second — Four minutes after gaining the lead, the Caps struck once more, and it was Fernandez with the tally once more. Rosales spearheaded the break that saw the 24-year-old all alone on the left side, and when he received the pass breaking into the penalty area,  the Uruguayan midfielder smacked a close-range finish just inside the near post to conclude an excellent run of play. Now two goals ahead, the Whitecaps could focus on solidifying their back four and retaining possession in the midfield.

 

Lineups

Vancouver: David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Andy O’Brien, Kendall Waston, Jordan Harvey; Russell Teibert, Matias Laba, Mauro Rosales (Kekuta Manneh 82’), Pedro Morales (Mehdi Ballouchy 89’), Sebastian Fernandez; Erik Hurtado (Darren Mattocks 67’)

Dallas: Raul Fernandez; Je-Vaughn Watson, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Moises Hernandez; Andres Escobar, Victor Ulloa (Kellyn Acosta 81’), Michel, Ryan Hollingshead (Tesho Akindele HT); Blas Perez, David Texeira (Jair Benitez 65’)