The Vancouver Whitecaps continue to struggle late in the season, as they fell 2-0 to FC Dallas on Wednesday night. It means the team has still never won in Frisco, and couldn't score a win against their rivals from Texas in back to back matches.
The Whitecaps had a very limited bench against Dallas, with key absences including Pedro Morales, Nicolas Mezquida, and Mauro Rosales to name a few. It showed. The whitecaps looked tentative, plodding and without purpose, with Dallas firmly in control from the onset.
Dallas should have been in front as early as ten minutes into the match, when David Texeira couldn't finish off a beautiful buildup, and clanged a shot off the post. The whitecaps responded with a Gershon Koffie shot that also hit the post in the 18th minute, but it wouldn't take long for Dallas to break through. In the 32nd minute, young Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios opened the scoring, sending the Caps back on their heels.
In the 42nd minute, the sloppy play from the Whitecaps continued with Barrios drawing a penalty on Tim Parker. David Ousted was able to bail him out with a nice save on the ensuing kick by Mauro Diaz, however.
The general consensus among those I watched with was it was a soft call, but I suppose that's up for debate.
In the 52nd minute, Dallas would double their lead, as Mauro Diaz scored what's sure to be a candidate for goal of the week, going through a few Whitecap defenders like a hot knife through butter. Even Ousted looked human on the play, as the eventual Diaz shot was one he should have had.
It put the match completely out of reach for the Whitecaps, who looked listless as they continue their backslide towards the post-season. Yes, they had limited roster choices today, but one strength being constantly trumpeted by the club is their depth. Well, tonight that depth was absent. As the season marches on, the Whitecaps need their depth players to be able to step up to the plate and carry some of the load.
We know Pedro Morales is injured, and that's a huge loss, but the Whitecaps have plenty of people capable of upping their game, whether it be Kekuta Manneh or Octavio Rivero, to name a few. The Whitecaps didn't score a goal against FC Dallas in these two matches, and have just two goals in their last six matches overall. That's got to change.
Lineup: 1.David Ousted ©; 33.Steven Beitashour, 26.Tim Parker, 44.Pa-Modou Kah (22.Christian Dean 81'), 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba; 20.Deybi Flores (32.Marco Bustos 61'), 28.Gershon Koffie, 31.Russell Teibert (88.Robert Earnshaw 76'); 29.Octavio Rivero, 23.Kekuta Manneh