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Push and shove, FC Dallas advances to Western Conference semifinals with 2-1 over Vancouver

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A first half goal from Tesho Akindele along with a controversial penalty kick from Michel seal the victory.

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Tension ran high in the first game of the Western Conference playoffs but once the dust settled on the 40-plus fouls, FC Dallas would get a controversial penalty kick from Michel to help advance 2-1 over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The push to the Western Conference semifinals came off a extremely controversial penalty kick in the 82nd minute.

FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja made several changes in his lineup, by bring in in Mauro Diaz, Tesho Akindele and Walker Zimmerman. That brought some extra momentum up into the attack early on as FC Dallas pressured the Whitecaps into several set piece opportunities in the first 30 minutes.

Dallas would finally find a breakthrough in the 40th minute from their Rookie of the Year candidate Akindele. Mauro Diaz would gather a clearance at midfield and work his way around two defenders before dishing the ball off to Akindele in a one-on-one situation with Vancouver keeper David Oustad. Akindele would slot home the ball into the far post for his first goal since August 16 against San Jose.

Shortly after the halftime whistle Vancouver nearly tied things up on a Mauro Rosales free kick. The veteran midfielder sent a dipping ball over the Dallas wall that banged off the crossbar.

Vancouver would finally get the equalizer in the 64th minute on bad clearance from FC Dallas on a free kick. Roslaes sent the ball in and he would then hit off a couple of Dallas defenders, including Victor Ulloa. Erik Hurtado would then be waiting on the back door to hit home the game-tying goal.

Dallas would get a bit of luck 20 minutes later in the 82nd minute as Waston was called for a handball in the penalty box. Michel would step up and and hammer home the penalty kick.

Things would continue to get heated following the penalty kick and after the final whistle as the Whitecaps were issues several cards.

FC Dallas will now move on to the Western Conference semifinals against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at Toyota Stadium.