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Scratching the Chalkboard: Total team performance by FC Dallas

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But Dallas has to settle for draw, but is that a bad thing?

MLS: FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve hammered this point (pun intended) for years now, but road matches are notoriously very difficult in this league and walking away from any road game with a draw is considered a victory. It’s unsure why playing on the road is so difficult for MLS teams, but at this stage, road draws are addition by subtraction. Instead of three points at home for the opposition, it’s two points dropped.

So far in 2017, only three teams have a .500 record on the road; L.A. Galaxy: 4-2-1, Toronto: 3-2-3, and FC Dallas: 2-2-3. In all of 2016, only 2 teams had a record of .500 or better (Toronto and NYCFC). 2015? Just one team (Vancouver). 2014? Just three teams (Seattle, Portland and Kansas City).

Framed in that context, getting out of B.C. Place with a point is huge. It keeps Dallas moving up the table while forcing Vancouver to dropped points at home and keeping a Western Conference team from climbing up the standings.

Surprisingly, Dallas was on the front foot in this one and really forced the Whitecaps to react rather than letting the home team dictate the game on their home turf.

Defense Strong, but Disappointed

This will frustrated Oscar Pareja, the players and the fans alike.

Vancouver’s shot chart

Up until Cristian Techera’s wonder strike in the 74th minute, Dallas had held the Whitecaps to just two shots. They were barely testing the Dallas defense and certainly not threatening the goal at all. After the game tying free kick from Techera, the game opened up a bit with both sides seeking the game winner. The Dallas defense had such a strong game and will no doubt be disappointed they were unable to hold on to a clean sheet.

Chances Were There

Dallas’ shot chart

The interesting thing is that Dallas out shot Vancouver 17-6 at the end of the day, and certainly played like they were the home side rather than the visitors. Dallas stayed aggressive and hit the make shift Whitecap defense with speed on the wings and targeted former FCD captain, Andrew Jacobson. Dallas was not as successful taking on the defense, but certainly did not shy away at their dribble attempts.

Dallas dribble attempts

Tactically, this one was one of the better full team performances from Dallas on the road. Much like the San Jose match, Dallas could’ve and probably should have walked away with the full three points but instead will settle for the solitary point and focus their attention to the Texas Derby.