MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 FC Dallas (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Vancouver Whitecaps achieved two things with their 1-0 victory over FC Dallas Saturday night at BC Place: 1) they moved back into sole possession of the top spot in the Supporters’ Shield race (45 points, one ahead of D.C. United), and 2) sent a message to a team they’ll be facing twice more over the next eight weeks as the 2015 Major League Soccer season winds down. Cristian Techera scored the game’s only goal, handing Carl Robinson’s side a deserved, hard-fought home win. It’s time to move the Whitecaps from the “fun to watch” category, up to “legitimate MLS Cup contenders.” At the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings it’s Vancouver, with D.C. and LA (42) close behind. For FCD, Saturday’s defeat means a missed opportunity to jump two teams, Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers, while going fifth to third in the Western Conference.

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Three moments that mattered

32′ — Techera’s clever backheel finishes Manneh’s marathon run — There are two things to note regarding the game’s opening goal: 1) Kekuta Manneh remains ridiculous as a player and a growing force to be reckoned with, and 2) Techera’s backheel flick is a real beauty.

61′ — Barrios weaves his way into the box, but Ousted makes the save — Michael Barrios worked and worked and worked to create a passing or shooting lane as he cut inside from the right wing, and did well to do just that. Problem is, David Ousted had eyes on him the whole time and made the save look routine.

64′ — Manneh robs Harris, nearly takes it the distance — Let’s all just watch Manneh run and marvel the way he terrorizes defenders. Actually, let’s note his defensive awareness to rip Atiba Harris and go nearly 50 yards for the insurance goal. Now, about that finish, Kekuta…

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Man of the match: Kendall Waston

Goalscorers: Techera (32′)