Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas – The Defeating Dallas Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas – The Defeating Dallas Story In Pictures

Don’t leave Vancouver Whitecaps matches early this season seems to be the message the team is setting. Close games, one goal games, are now par for the course, but while it may not be good for fingernails or hair, it does create some great drama right to the very end.

And it’s even better of course when the end result is a positive for the ‘Caps.

Saturday’s match with FC Dallas saw a sleepy start by a tired Vancouver side, before goals from Ali Adnan and Lucas Venuto had them 2-0 up and seemingly coasting at half time.

A crossbar from the Texans let the Whitecaps off the hook, and Venuto should have put the game to bed in the closing minutes, but his wasted opportunity and Dallas taking the ball up the pitch and scoring set up a tense final five minutes. The Whitecaps held on for the 2-1 victory, however, and left BC Place full of pride, passion, and most importantly all three points.

AFTN photographers Tom (@ResidualImage) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto) were there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.

Welcome to the house of Dos Santos

The ‘Caps are ready to show their pride

But it’s Dallas that have the first chance 11 minutes in, with a dangerous ball across goal

That just eludes Jacori Hayes’ outstretched leg at the back post

Another close call for the ‘Caps in the 26th minute when Jesus Ferreira’s dipping shot lands on the roof of the net

Four minutes later and a moment of magic from Ali Adnan changes the match as he ghosts through two Dallas defenders

And curls an absolute beauty past Jesse Gonzalez

Right into the postage stamp corner

1-0 Whitecaps!

And there’s more joy nine minutes later when Fredy Montero’s neat backheel sets up Lucas Venuto

Who curls a low one past Jesse Gonzalez into the bottom right corner this time

Get in! 2-0 Vancouver

But the half ends on a slightly concerning note for the Whitecaps as Ali Adnan is forced off with a suspected groin strain

Dallas let Vancouver off the hook again in the 56th minute when Pablo Aranguiz crashes one off the bar when he should have scored

Straight into the arms of Max Crepeau

And you can see what it means to him

Theo Bair made his MLS debut in the 71st minute and was in the thick of the action right away, coming close with an acrobatic effort four minutes later

Then a minute of madness as Lucas Venuto pounces on a weak John Nelson backpass, races in on goal, and rounds the onrushing Jesse Gonzalez

But his touch is too hard

Allowing John Nelson to recover and block his shot

Setting up a Dallas attack that Dominique Badji fires into the onion bag

Setting up a nervy final five minutes, but the ‘Caps hold on for the 2-1 victory

You can see all of Tom and Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below:

2019 MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas (25/5/2019)

Authored by: Michael McColl

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