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MLS Snapshot: Vancouver 1-1 Houston — Beasley, Rivero trade beauties (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Vancouver is a long way from Houston. That could’ve been a problem for a Dynamo team that had yet to see a road point through six games. DaMarcus Beasley made sure to put the Dynamo on the front foot with a goal that turned back the hands of time and, after a shoving match between Alex and Pedro Morales left both sides down a man, Octavio Rivero scored an outside of the foot goal to level things up. Russell Teibert was an artistic passing machine for the ‘Caps, and both Tyler Deric and David Ousted made terrific stops as it ended 1-1.

Three moments that mattered

20′ — Beasley scores a beauty — This run, dribble and finish is something this man has done many-a-time in his long and storied career.

42′ — Alex and Morales trade shoves, see red — No reason for this, fellas.

52′ — Rivero scores an attractive equalizer — A measured, bending shot from a man capable of authoring beauty with his feet.

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Man of the match: Russell Teibert

Goal scorers: Beasley (20′), Rivero (52′)

Larin leads Canada to win in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying (video)

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On a night its women struggled in the World Cup, Canada’s men took the next step toward qualifying to the 2018 World Cup scheduled for Russia.

Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Cyle Larin (Orlando City) staked Les Rouges to a 2-0 lead in Dominica before holding on through a late red card to carry that edge into the second leg of their CONCACAF second round match.

[ MORE: Women’s World Cup roundup ]

As you’ll see in the highlights below, it’s perhaps a bit harsh to judge Canada for only coming away with a 2-0 win. The pitch was quite dark, and winning on a minnows’ field presents different challenges than BMO Field will offer Tuesday’s match.

After defying the linesman to race in and score a sixth minute goal, in-form Larin drew a penalty kick in the 67th. Teibert left no doubt with his attempt, and Canada’s lead was doubled.

Ludogorets Razgrad keeper Milan Borjan was sent off in the 80th minute after deliberately handling a ball outside the box.

Haiti and Jamaica enter in the third round, while the US is among six teams which won’t join qualifying until the fourth round.

Other first legs

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2-2 Guyana
Antigua and Barbuda 1-3 Saint Lucia
Dominican Republic 1-2 Belize
Aruba 0-2 Barbados
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2-2 El Salvador
Curacao 0-0 Cuba
Nicaragua 1-0 Suriname
Puerto Rico vs. Grenada — June 12
Guatemala vs. Bermuda — June 12

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting Kansas City

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  • Vancouver is 2-1-2 on the road recently
  • Sporting KC is a fairly average 4-3-2 at home, and also fell at Sporting Park recently in the U.S. Open Cup
  • Kei Kamara has three goals in SKC’s last two matches

There was a time when a Vancouver road trip was just another loss waiting to happen.

Martin Rennie’s team was 0-4-1 away from BC Place earlier this year. Stack that one top of last year’s 1-9-3 road mark after an bit of early success away from Western Canada in 2012 and it becomes clear that something was wrong with the strategic and / or tactical approaches when traveling.

But things have changed lately, and significantly so.

The sample is still a bit small, but the Whitecaps are beginning to stack up some points on the road, now 2-1-2 in recent matches away from their artificially turfed downtown ground. Just in June, the Whitecaps posted wins at D.C. United (four days ago) and at New York.

All that said, the Caps will be without some important pieces for tonight’s 9 p.m. ET kickoff. (The official league preview is here.) Gold Cup duty has scooped up Canadian international Russell Teibert (along with Carlyle Mitchell), and Vancouver will surely miss the man who has been instrumental in driving the attack from his right side.

Teibert has six assists in his last five games, putting him just one behind SKC’s Graham Zusi’s seven for the league lead.

At center back Brad Rusin is expected to replace the Trinidadian international Mitchell.

“Obviously Russell and Carlyle have done very well in the last few games,” Rennie said earlier this week. “It’s … an opportunity for someone else to come in and they have to step up when they get that opportunity.”

Zusi was back on the field after his own spell of international activity, once again in place at Sporting Park to help arrange goals for Kei Kamara (pictured, on the left), who has three goals in the team’s last two matches. Two real beauties came in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Columbus.

None of that is good news for a Whitecaps back line that is already without its three top men. Andy O’Brien’s recent injury added stress to a defense without Jay DeMerit (gone for the season.) And Y.P. Lee is being rested for this one, which means veteran EPL midfielder Nigel Reo Coker will likely be stationed at right back once again.

OTHER NOTES: The game also features two league scoring leaders in Vancouver’s Camilo (nine goals) and SKC’s Claudio Bieler (eight). Camilo had six goals and two assists in June. … Vancouver’s Kenny Miller has finally become productive with five goals in seven matches lately.