After playing in two full games for his home country of Panama this past week, Blas Perez return to FC Dallas with a renewed energy. FC Dallas used that energy to snap a two-game losing streak as they downed the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Saturday night.
In front of 16,792, Perez became the hero on the night with two goals, his seventh and eighth of the season.
The first goal from Perez came in the 20th minute. Je-Vaughn Watson found Perez on the right sideline of the field and he opted to put in a tricky shot from an almost impossible angle to beat Vancouver keeper David Ousted.
Perez nearly doubled the lead in the 28th minute after Castillo drove the ball down the field 50 yards. Castillo made one cut by a defender and played a low cross to Tesho Akindele. The rookie got one shot on the ball but it was deflected off another Vancouver defender only to have Perez be there to pick off the ball and place it in the back of the net. But the center official was right on the spot to see that Perez was just offside on the play.
After some back and forth play in the early part of the second half, substitute Mauro Diaz made a great move off the ball to get behind a defender as Watson played him on. Diaz found Castillo on the left side of the field at the top of the penalty box. Castillo made one cut inside the box and put a hard shot on goal that Oustad got a glove to.
Vancouver would find the equalizer in the 67th minute on a counter attack. Mauro Rosales slipped Erik Hurtado into the penalty box behind the Dallas defense and Hurtado's one time shot beat the glove of Raul Fernandez.
In the 78th minute on a free kick by Michel, FC Dallas would regain the lead. Michel's ball into the box would get deflected off a Vancouver defender to the foot of Perez who would finish home his second goal of the game.
Vancouver would push hard for a second equalizer in the final moments of the game. The Whitecaps got several corner kicks and a couple dangerous free kicks. But the Dallas defense would hold true to close out the match.
FC Dallas returns to action next weekend as they travel to California to battle the LA Galaxy.