It wasn't always pretty but three points are still three points.
DAL - Blas Perez (Je-Vaughn Watson) 20
VAN - Erik Hurtado (Mauro Rosales) 67
DAL - Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele) 78
FC Dallas - Raul Fernandez, Moises Hernandez (Jair Benitez 46), Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Je-Vaughn Watson, Fabian Castillo, Victor Ulloa, Michel, Andres Escobar (Mauro Diaz 55), Blas Perez, Tesho Akindele (Kellyn Acosta 82).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, David Texeira, Ryan Hollingshead, Peter Luccin.
Total Shots: 11 (Michel 3, Blas Perez 3) Shots on Goal: 6 (Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo 2); Fouls: 15 (Matt Hedges 6); Offsides: 4 (Fabian Castillo 2); Corners: 10 (Michel 8); Saves: 1 (Raul Fernandez 1).
Vancouver Whitecaps FC - David Ousted, Jordan Harvey, Christian Dean, Kendall Waston, Ethen Sampson, Matias Laba, Mehdi Ballouchy (Pedro Morales 57), Mauro Rosales (Kekuta Manneh 81), Russell Teibert, Sebastian Fernandez, Darren Mattocks (Erik Hurtado 62).
Substitutes Not Used: Paulo Tornaghi, Omar Salgado, Sam Adekugbe, Nicolas Mezquida.
Total Shots: 10 (Erik Hurtado, Darren Mattocks, Mauro Rosales, Kendall Waston 2); Shots on Goal: 2 (Erik Hurtado, Mauro Rosales 1); Fouls: 16 (Matias Laba, Ethen Sampson, Jordan Harvey 3); Offsides: 4 (Darren Mattocks, Sebastian Fernandez 2); Corners: 5 (Pedro Morales, Mauro Rosales 2); Saves: 4 (David Ousted 4).
VAN - Kendall Waston (caution) 29
VAN - Russell Teibert (caution) 45+2
VAN - Jordan Harvey (caution) 89
Referee: Ted Unkel
Referee's Assistants: Jonathan Johnson, Matthew Kreitzer
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the game...
First just allow me to mention that tonight's effort and importance of the points and these emotional moments, I want to send it to someone who represents a lot to this club. Bobby Rhine, who is part of this group and I want to share that emotional moment with him. This is for you Bobby.
The game was very emotional with lots of things that happened. In the first half I thought we couldn't find the flow and it was probably one of those games where we gave away the ball the most, so we didn't have consistency in the ideas that we wanted because it was very tough during many parts of the first half
In the second half things got calmer. We had Mauro who brought at lot of ideas and it started growing and everything looked very good. The effort, like always, is there. What I saw from our players is a team that always gives 110 percent effort and sometimes we play better than others but the second half today was one of those games where my team is like the other teams that are in the top positions.
Thoughts on Blas Perez...
Blas sets the tone for this group in the locker room and on the field also. In the field you saw it. He's a player who gives all he has and then the game rewards him with two goals today. We needed him today. He played two games during the week and came in the first day after that and said I want to be on the field. That represents what this group is about and I'm glad for him. He sets the path and the boys follow him.
Does he get a couple days off after this?
*laughs* No. I don't think he will take any days off really.
When Blas told you he wanted to play, did you ever consider not starting him?
No, with Blas it's simple. I looked at him on Thursday and asked him do you think you have gas in the tank and the answer is "of course," and that was it. We didn't talk about it any longer. He had a couple days where the level of training was low, so we made sure that he regenerated well but his heart is there. Blas, despite of his age, is one of the guys who gives you more running in the game. His numbers are always high and I'm not concerned about his fitness. Unless he's hurt he's there all the time.
You got 35 minutes from Mauro tonight can you assess his level where he's at?
Mauro's getting there. Today was a very demanding and taxing game but he needed to come and get his rhythm quick. Mauro knew he needed to get rhythm and make the team play better, which is a huge responsibility for Mauro and he did it. That tells me that he's getting to his best and I'm happy to see that.
This win opens an eight-point gap over Vancouver, which could have been a two-point gap with a loss how important is this win for your team with the standings so tight?
I'm always in the mode that we're one game at a time. I feel today, obviously, very happy and proud to beat Vancouver and see the boys giving us that effort. We get three points and get some distance, but the responsibility now isn't to look at the standings, the responsibility now is to say we solved that problem tonight, but the playoffs are not secure yet, and the responsibility is to just keep looking ahead.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez
On scoring two goals tonight and two goals for Panama in a single week...
It was a great week for me. I am especially happy for today's result. We worked hard as a team. It was a great game and I am happy for it.
On Perez telling Oscar Pareja that he wanted to play tonight despite playing two matches already this week...
Yes, I was a little tired, but I recovered quickly. I told Oscar that I was ready to play. He asked me if I could play at 100 percent, and I told him that I felt I could. I am glad everything went the way that we planned... I'm just happy. Tomorrow we'll be back training again, a recovery practice but yes it will be a normal week of training... I'll take Monday off.
Where does this week rank for you in your career?
I wanted Panama to win the CONCACAF Central American Cup... Everything went great here with FC Dallas but Panama, right now, is playing for third place in that competition (Panama defeated El Salvador, 1-0, to win third place). I was really pulling for Panama to go to the final.
FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele
General thoughts on the match...
It was a good win. We could have lost composure when Vancouver tied the game up, but everyone stayed true to the plan, and we fought hard and got a good three points.
On Blas Perez's performance this week...
He sets an example for all of us. He is one of the older players on the team, but he is always working hard on the field every match, even tonight after he played three games this week. He's running all over the place. He is giving us encouragement and keeping us going. Blas is a great example for everyone on the team.
As a rookie, does that give you the blueprint for success?
It does. He has had a long and successful career. I can see that he is successful because he works hard. It's a great thing - to be able to look at what he does.
What were you thinking when Vancouver tied the game?
I was thinking that we just needed to take a breath. There was still a lot of time remaining. I thought we had most of the play before they scored. I thought we would be ok.