That loss was down right dreadful last night out of FC Dallas but we'll do our best to dive into it in the coming days here. Up first are some highlights (above), stats and the quote sheet from the game.
VAN - Sebastian Fernandez (Mauro Rosales, Erik Hurtado) 14
VAN - Sebastian Fernandez (Mauro Rosales) 18
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Moises Hernandez, Andres Esocbar, Victor Ulloa (Kellyn Acosta 81), Michel, Ryan Hollingshead (Tesho Akindele 46), David Texeira (Jair Benitez 65), Blas Perez.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Adam Moffat, Walker Zimmerman, Danny Garcia.
Total Shots: 11(Moises Hernandez 3) Shots on Goal: 2 (Matt Hedges and Tesho Akindele); Fouls: 15 (3 players with 3); Offsides: 4 (Blas Perez 2); Corners: 5 (Michel 5); Saves: 1 (Raul Fernandez 1).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC - David Ousted, Steven Beitashour, Andy O'Brien, Kendall Waston, Jordan Harvey, Mauro Rosales (Kekuta Manneh 82), Matias Laba, Pedro Morales (Medhi Ballouchy 89), Russell Teibert, Sebastian Fernandez, Erik Hurtado (Darren Mattocks 67).
Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Sam Adekugbe, Johnny Leveron, Nicolas Mezquida.
Total Shots: 8 (Sebastian Fernandez 4); Shots on Goal: 3 (Sebastian Fernandez 2); Fouls: 16 (Russell Teibert 3); Offsides: 0; Corners: 3 (Pedro Morales 2); Saves: 2 (David Ousted 2).
FC Dallas: Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 60
Vancouver: Kendall Waston (caution) 78
Vancouver: Sebastian Fernandez (caution) 90+4
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Baboucarr Jallow
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Overcast (roof open)
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Thoughts on the match:
"I thought we had a good15 minutes right before they scored a goal. After we gave away the first goal, it was difficult. We had the initiative to put high pressure and go look for the game right from the first minute, we had a few chances to score that we could not take advantage of, and then Vancouver came up and took the game away with those two goals. After that, it was a different game. We tried to keep the initiative, but we didn't have too many ideas today. Vancouver was happy with the goals they scored early in the game, and they held it well. I have to give them credit."
On whether the Perez offside call right before halftime would have changed the game:
"Disappointed with that situation, but I just assume that that's part of the game. I don't want to stick with that frustration, though it could have changed the story, for sure."
On whether this could be a preview of a potential playoff matchup:
"We need to clinch first, and now we are thinking about LA. My mind doesn't let me go that far, especially when I have such a big responsibility to play the next game and try to take care of our business, which is to get ourselves into the playoffs. After that, we'll see."
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele
Thoughts on the match:
"I think it was a tough game - they were obviously fighting for their lives for the season and to stay in the playoffs, so they brought a lot of energy. They caught us on two counterattacks, but other than that, I thought it was pretty even."
On the adjustments they made after halftime, being down 2-0:
"We just knew that we had to go all out. When you're losing 2-0, there's no point holding back, so we just tried to push forward a little more. Unfortunately, we just didn't create the chances today.
On whether a rivalry is growing between the two clubs:
"I think so, playing in the Western Conference, you see the same teams three times a year. With how the schedule was, we've seen these guys three times now in such a short time, and there's definitely a bit of tension coming in."
FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
Thoughts on the match:
"Disappointing. We came out soft and slow, gave up two goals, and we never really recovered. I think we definitely started to play better as the game went on, but by that point, you're 2-0 down, and they can control the match by sitting there and doing whatever they want. It's disappointing."
On what message Pareja and the coaches stressed at the break, down 2-0:
"They just try to be motivating. We came out really slow, and it's frustrating because big things were on the line - clinching a playoff spot was possible today, in this game. So, to come out slow like that was unacceptable, and that's what he was reiterating to us. We had to increase the effort in the second half, and that's basically what he was telling us."
On the growing rivalry:
"I think it was already there. Last year and the year before, there have been some interesting games between the two teams and I think it's continuing to grow as a rivalry. It's good for the league, having rivalries grow organically like this instead of being forced."