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FC Dallas' unbeaten run has come to an end against the Vancouver Whitecaps. FC Dallas' Paul Arriola opened the scoring just before halftime. Despite earning an early lead, Dallas was unable to walk away from BC Place with even a single point. Vancouver's Brian White sparked the comeback after scoring from a header late in the second half. Lucas Cavallini finished the comeback, scoring from a penalty kick in stoppage time.
Dallas' run was going to end eventually, it was heartbreaking to see it happen so close to the end of the match. This is only Dallas' second loss of the season.
FC Dallas Goal-
Paul Arriola scored his fourth goal for FC Dallas just before the second half. It was also his third goal in the last three games. Jesus Ferreira appeared to call for the ball as Jader Obrian dribbled up the field. He played Ferreira in, who took a touch, turned and passed to an open Arriola who slotted it just under the keeper.
Vancouver Whitecap Goals-
Dallas had two moments in the game that cost them points. The first one up is the Brian White goal.
Three different Whitecap players are able to touch the ball and pass it around deep in Dallas' half. Eight Dallas players (not counting Jimmy Maurer) are in their half and not a single one pressured them. Cristian Gutierrez has all the space and time he needed to cross the ball to White, who headed it just past Maurer.
The second goal came after the Whitecaps were awarded a penalty in stoppage time. Maurer is unable to hold onto the ball after grabbing it before it could go out for a corner. A Whitecaps player is there to try to snatch the ball away and try to cross it in. A Dallas player is able to clear it but not completely. It falls into the path of another Whitecaps player. Edwin Cerrillo tried to dispossess him but caught too much of the player, who fell, prompting the penalty kick.
It's a tough loss. Dallas earned the lead early on and for the most point held onto it. Towards the end, Vancouver was able to catch up. This is still a young team, with a new coach, and it's only the second loss of the MLS season for them, but given Dallas' history in the summer months, it's a little concerning to see as a supporter of the club. Hopefully this loss was just due to tired legs and this being their third road game in a row. They played Sporting Kansas City in the U.S Open Cup to start off this three game road journey, which is another they lost.
Dallas returns to north Texas to face Minnesota United on Sunday, May 22nd, after that is a road game against Orlando City on May 28th, and a revenge match against the Whitecaps on June 18th at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.