MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Fabian Castillo may or may not be on his way out of Dallas, headed for Europe, but Oscar Pareja’s side made one thing very clear on Sunday: they intend to contend for MLS Cup 2016 with or without the dynamic Colombian winger. Still with Mauro Diaz, Maximiliano Urruti, Michael Barris and Teshe Akindele, among others, in the arsenal, FCD possess more than enough interchangeable firepower to win it all this year. On Sunday, it was Urruti and Kellyn Acosta who provided the goals in a 2-0 victory over the sixth-place and fighting-for-their-playoff-lives Vancouver Whitecaps. The victory sends FCD six points clear of the rest of the league in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, six points clear of the Colorado Rapids for home-field advantage in the Western Conference, and seven points clear of New York City FC for home-field advantage in a theoretical MLS Cup.

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Three moments that mattered 

45+3′ — Urruti heads high from Diaz’s chipped through ball — Reminder: Diaz is a perfect unicorn because he picks out and plays lofted through balls like this one. That ball deserves better from Urruti.

56′ — Acosta slots past Ousted for 1-0 — Diaz -> Michael Barrios -> Acosta. FCD make it look too easy.

59′ — Urruti fires past Ousted first time for 2-0 — Just like that, FCD had a two-goal lead, and all hope was lost for Vancouver.

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Man of the match: Kellyn Acosta

Goalscorers: Acosta (56′), Urruti (59′)