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MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-0 Seattle Sounders (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas moved to within a single point of the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference and in the race for the 2016 Supporters’ Shield (FCD lost last year’s Shield on goal differential) following Saturday night’s 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium. Mauro Diaz opened the scoring with fewer than three full minutes on the clock, and Michael Barrios provided the late insurance goal to give Oscar Pareja’s side its (tied for) league-leading seventh victory on the season (13 games played). The Sounders, meanwhile, continue to tinker with their starting lineup (Clint Dempsey moved back up top in this one, with Jordan Morris deployed on the right wing — Morris’s four-game scoring streak came to an end) and formation, and remain eighth in the West, four points back of sixth-place Real Salt Lake (who play on Sunday).

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Marshall gives away a PK, Diaz converts — Chad Marshall took Walker Zimmerman down inside the penalty area, and Diaz made no mistake on the ensuing penalty kick.

58′ — Frei comes up big to deny Barrios — The through ball from Diaz was a work of art. It’s too bad that Stefan Frei is such a hater of all things beautiful. Barrios needs to finish this one.

80′ — Barrios finishes this time, makes it 2-0 — Mauro Rosales’s chipped through ball might have actually been better than Diaz’s slow roller above. Barrios’s finish certainly was on this attempt.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz/Rosales

Goalscorers: Diaz (3′ – PK), Barrios (80′)

MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 2-1 Sporting Kansas City (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Sunday’s clash between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City, which finished 2-1 in favor of the home side, could very well have been a preview of the 2016 Western Conference finals, but you’d have never known it based on the quality of play which was heavily impact by injuries (Mauro Diaz, Matt Hedges, Graham Zusi, Chance Myers and Soni Mustivar, to name a few) on both sides and weather (hours of heavy rain before and during the game made the field unbelievably slick). Unsurprisingly given those circumstances, the game’s three goals were scored on two moments of spectacular defensive incompetence and the other a moment of set-piece brilliance. With the victory, FCD (14 points) reclaim the top spot in the West by virtue of the third tiebreaker, goals scored, while Sporting KC (12 points) remain fourth in the West, four points clear of the playoff cut line.

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Three moments that mattered

22′ — Olum nods home a very free header — There’s bad set-piece defending, and there’s whatever FCD did on this Sporting free kick. You have to clear the ball, it’s not going to clear itself.

35′ — Keystone Cops at the back, FCD pull level — If you’re a Sporting defender, you probably ended up looking like an amateur on this play. (Though Barrios should have been flagged as offside.)

68′ — Rosales gets his free kick up, down quickly for 2-1 — There’s just something about Argentines named Mauro taking free kicks in Frisco, Tex., isn’t there? From Mauro Diaz, to Mauro Rosales, FCD have some good ones.

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Man of the match: Chris Seitz

Goalscorers: Olum (22′), Barrios (35′), Rosales (68′)

Whitecaps finish deal to get Blas Perez from FC Dallas

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Whitecaps have acquired Blas Perez from FC Dallas, completing a trade that had been in the works while the veteran striker was in preseason camp with Vancouver.

Veteran midfielder Mauro Rosales is headed to Texas in the deal announced Tuesday. Perez agreed to a one-year contract with the Whitecaps.

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The 34-year-old Perez had 36 goals and 14 assists in 97 regular-season games with Dallas from 2012 to 2015. He is second in goals (39) and third in appearances (102) with Panama’s national team.

Perez announced his departure from Dallas in December, writing to fans that he wanted to stay “but the board and technical staff have other plans.”

The 34-year-old Rosales has 13 goals and 48 assists in 142 MLS games with Seattle, Chivas USA and Vancouver.

2015 MLS season preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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  • Two-time defending Cascadia Cup winners
  • Two playoff appearances in four seasons
  • West’s fifth seed last season

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Key Player: Kendall Waston

With apologies to goalkeeper David Ousted, and to the bevy of flashy attackers and playmakers on the Caps, no player was more critical to Vancouver’s late-season success than big No. 4. The 6-foot-5 Costa Rican international showed up for 10 matches, scored twice and pretty much bossed his own end. Now with a full season to man the back at BC Place, Waston should make a run at an MLS Best XI on a very good Whitecaps unit.

Other names to watch: Mauro Rosales, Ousted, Pedro Morales

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Manager: Carl Robinson

When the ‘Caps hired Robinson to replace Martin Rennie, there was an air of settling. After all, the former Sunderland, Portsmouth and Toronto FC midfielder was Rennie’s assistant, and Vancouver had flirted with big names like Bob Bradley before hiring Robinson.

But from his first press conference, it was clear Robinson had a vision on how he would fix things in Vancouver, and he set about it right away. The team played well enough to hold off a late charge from the Portland Timbers, and were a bizarre PK call away from winning its first playoff game. When Robinson says something, it happens. A good case in point is when he pretty much said, “I’m going to South America to find a striker.” He went, and brought Octavio Rivero back as the club’s next Designated Player. He deserved Coach of the Year consideration last year, but what Ben Olsen did in DC was a no-doubter.

Outlook for 2015

Look, we’ve heard it time and time again: the West is deep and strong, and added Houston and Sporting KC. That said, Vancouver may be missing that huge, huge name but is solid top-to-bottom. Ousted was incredible last season, and Matias Laba is a sneaky-good mid (Thanks, TFC). The Caps should enter the postseason again this year, but will they advance?

MLS: Mauro Rosales is returning to Vancouver, and Alvas Powell’s a full-time Timber

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This time around, Mauro Rosales will get to start the year with the Whitecaps.

Vancouver signed the veteran playmaker to a deal on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed, but the player said he wants to play another two or three years. The Argentinian midfielder turns 34 in February.

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Rosales began last season with Chivas USA before the Goats sent him to Vancouver in exchange for Nigel Reo-Coker. He picked up 11 assists between the two teams after three seasons in Seattle, where Rosales recorded 12 goals and 34 assists.


“I’m very excited to sign for the club again for next year,” Rosales told reporters in a conference call from Argentina on Tuesday afternoon. “I had other options but always knowing what I had here in Vancouver. I spent my last three months with them, and I know what I’m going to face.

“I don’t want to be in a place that I may have an uncertain future. I’m not going to know what’s going to happen at another club. Everything that Vancouver gave me in the last three months was more than I could expect from the other teams that I had offers.”

From a veteran to a youngster, as Portland secured the rights to Alvas Powell from Portmore. The Timbers defender made 15 appearances, 11 of those starts, on loan from the Jamaican club last season, but now is full-time Portland player. He scored two goals and added two assists last season, and turned 20 in July.