Recap: FCD beat 'Caps 2-0 to close gap in playoffs race

VANCOUVER, B.C. — FC Dallas are still in the hunt. Continuing their push for the playoffs, the Texan side scored two goals within 10 minutes to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at BC Place on Wednesday night.

Fabián Castillo opened the scoring in the 60th minute, receiving a flick on from fellow Colombian David Ferreira before juking past a couple of ‘Caps defenders and slotting a ball in off the post. The play started from a Zach Loyd throw-in, and when the ball came to Castillo, he did well to get off his shot despite falling on the play.

Ten minutes later, Dallas made it two through substitute Jonathan Top. Ferreira made the play once again, outmuscling Andy O’Brien and beating Martín Bonjour on the dribble before setting Top up for the tap-in.

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Full Highlights: VAN 0, DAL 2

The Whitecaps had their chances too.

In a first half that lacked much in the way of many real opportunities for either side, it was the final couple of minutes that brought the most action. First, Vancouver forward Atiba Harris won a free kick in a dangerous position at the edge of the area in the 43rd minute.

Camilo’s ensuing free kick brought about an even closer free kick due to a Daniel Hernandez handball, and the Brazilian once again stepped up to take. His curling effort ricocheted off the crossbar, however, meaning the teams went into the break scoreless.

The home side also had a chance in the 75th minute, as Jun Marques Davidson’s shot was redirected by Camilo, but went just wide of the goal from close range.

Five minutes later, the ‘Caps came close again, as second-half sub Michael Nanchoff’s ball over the top intended for Kenny Miller was directed just wide of his own net by FCD defender Jair Benítez.

In the 84th minute, Alain Rochat won a header in the Dallas area from a Robson free kick, but couldn’t hit the target.

Five minutes from time, a kerfuffle between Davidson and Ferreira following a Lee Young-Pyo foul resulted in all three players getting booked.

OPTA CHALKBOARD: FCD make the most of their chances

FC Dallas, now 7-11-8, are back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to face Real Salt Lake.

The Whitecaps, now 10-8-7, will also play on Saturday, as they make the short trip down to Seattle to face the Sounders.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Fabián Castillo A handful for the 'Caps defense, scored a goal and looks to be FCD's most dangerous player right now.
2 David Ferreira Wasn't a force all match long, but FCD's playmaker got two assists — and he did most of the work on his team's second goal.
3 Camilo Sanvezzo The 'Caps man was dangerous, hitting the crossbar and coming close on another chance.