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Scouting Report: How FC Dallas can get back on track in Canada

The lone trip north of the border won’t be an easy one.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

What are we hoping for this weekend for FC Dallas? Personally, no matter what Dan says, I’m well beyond hoping for play-offs this season. When we drew Houston in August... well... it doesn’t matter.

So now what? What will Marco do? Who plays? Maybe Ricaurte gets a start... but Jara’s still riding the bench. The defense is still injured. Obrian scored a brace, so he probably starts again. I still want to see Schon grab a goal. But mostly it just seems … secondary.

Led by their own interim manager Vanni Sartini, Vancouver enters the weekend with a record of 7W-9D-8L – good for 30 points and 9th place in the Western Conference. With two games in hand on Dallas and one on LAFC and Real Salt Lake, Vancouver still has a hope of grabbing a playoff spot, but they will be desperate to maximize their chances against Dallas.

Recent Results

Date Home Score Away
Date Home Score Away
8/26 Pacific 4-3 Vancouver
8/29 Vancouver 4-1 Real Salt Lake
9/4 Vancouver 2-1 Austin
9/10 Vancouver 0-1 Portland
9/19 Colorado 1-1 Vancouver

Brian White scored his fifth goal of the season against Colorado (he only arrived in Vancouver in early June), but since the explosion of goals against RSL, Vancouver has been at best modestly productive offensively. Recent signing Ryan Gauld scored a brace against Pacific and added a third against RSL, but he’s been quiet recently. In contrast to Dallas (who seem to cough up three goals per each time they touch the field), the Whitecaps have given up just one goal per match since their debacle in the Canadian Cup.

Keys to the Match:

1) Dallas can’t give up three goals per game and expect to get results. Phelipe needs to take a seat on the bench. There needs to be consequences for poor performances and leaking three per game is poor. If Jimmy’s not ready, then Zoebeck should get the nod. But that said, who’s actually playing well for Dallas besides Pepi and Ferriera? We can’t bench everyone.

2) Christian Dajome leads the way for Vancouver with eight goals on the season, and he’s also got four assists. Deiber Caicedo has four goals and five assists. Hopefully, Ferruzzi has a plan for how to cope with Vancouver’s wide players. There’s a strong likelihood that the two will be working together on the left side of the attack to overload the same position on the field that Obrian should be defending but hasn’t been. Of course, if Dallas focuses on Dajome and Caicedo, Ryan Gauld – the 10 that the Whitecaps have been seeking for years and finally signed in July – should have room to operate.

3) Seems like I’ve read multiple articles focusing on how Feruzzi is defensively minded. My guess is that Ferruzzi will lean on veterans to begin, and Acosta and Quignon will start and play a double pivot to screen a fragile defense. Bressan is no longer on the injury list, so maybe he also returns to the lineup.

Injury Report:

OUT: Caio Alexandre (left foot, fifth metatarsal fracture, Cristian Gutierrez (left quad strain), Erik Godoy (right foot)

Probable Vancouver Line-up: 3-4-2-1

Brian White
Deiber Caicedo – Ryan Gauld
Christian Dajome – Janio Bikel – Russell Teibert – Javain Brown
Florian Jungwirth – Andy Rose – Ranko Veselinovic
Maxime Crepeau