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FC Dallas picks up a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps

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A late free kick cancels out Maxi Urruti’s goal.

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FC Dallas ended a rough three games in eight nights with a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night in Canada.

The lone Dallas goal came in the early stages of the second half from Maxi Urruti, his team-high eighth of the season.

FC Dallas brought some early pressure in this one and nearly scored the first goal in the 12th minute. Hernan Grana played a nice give-and-go with Michael Barrios on the right wing. The Colombian winger beat out Jordan Harvey to race into the penalty box where he tried to pick out Urruti but his attempt was blocked by Vancouver defender Tim Parker.

Dallas nearly scored towards the end of the first half on an attempt by Roland Lamah. Grana once again helped set up the play on the right side where he picked out Lamah racing into the box but Lamah’s attempt would sail over the cross bar.

Urruti put Dallas in front shortly after the half time break in the 53rd minute. Maynor Figueroa pushed the ball forward into the attack where he found Tesho Akindele. The Canadian striker wasn’t able to beat out former FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson to the ball but his clearance found Urruti. The Argentine then beat a pair of defenders before putting in a low shot that beat the Vancouver keeper.

The hosts pulled even in the 75th minute on a free kick from Cristian Techera. Barrios was whistled for the foul about 25 yards away from Jesse Gonzalez’ goal. Techera was able to beat the Dallas wall and find the back of the net at the right post.

Dallas pushed for the go-ahead goal late in the match with Mauro Diaz on the field as a sub. He found Akindele in the box in the 79th minute. Akindele tried to then pick out Barrios but his attempt on goal was blocked out.

FC Dallas returns to action next week as they travel to their main rivals building as they take on the Houston Dynamo.