VANCOUVER, British Columbia- FC Dallas (6-12-9) suffered a 1-0 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps that stretched their winless streak to five games.
New interim head coach Marco Ferruzzi featured three changes to Luchi Gonzalez’s last lineup, replacing Brandon Servania, Nkosi Tafari, and Phelipe Megiolario for Bryan Acosta and Bressan and Jimmy Maurer to take their place in the starting eleven.
FC Dallas traveled to Vancouver seeking three crucial points, but the Whitecaps stroked first after a fantastic header from Brain White made it past Maurer in the 19th-minute of the first half.
Despite having most of the possession in the first half, FCD could not create many opportunities on goal to tie the game. FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi, 18, had few attempts on goal, but nothing serious for the Whitecaps keeper to control and deny a goalscoring chance.
The second half featured more possession from FC Dallas and controlled the game’s tempo but could not capitalize on those created opportunities. To change the game intensity for FC Dallas, Ferruzzi brought in José Martínez and Szabolcs Schön, who replaced Justin Che and Paxton Pomykal in the 60th-minute of the game.
Facundo Quignón made way for Andrés Ricaurte in an effort to attack the Whitecaps goal. In the last effort to bring more of an attacking threat, Ema Twumasi made way for Franco Jara.
After a few minutes of deliberation, VAR pointed to the spot to give FC Dallas a golden opportunity to score from the penalty spot. Franco Jara stepped up, but his shot was saved by Vancouver’s keeper Maxime Crépeau.
“Jara felt like he was the one that needed to cover the penalty,” said Ferruzzi. “Unfortunately he wasn’t able to convert it.”
The match ended in favor of the Whitecaps, FC Dallas remained in the eleventh spot, accumulating 27 points.
Interim head coach Marco Ferruzzi shared his thoughts on his side’s performace:
“Obviously disappointed not to get points on the road. I saw some improvements in our collective shape. Our best moments came when we were attacking with the ball. We skipped some lines with our three back system.”
FC Dallas defender Bressan also shared his thoughts about Saturday’s defeat:
“Frustrated, we worked all week long to get the three points,” said Bressan. “In the second half we were very close. We need to keep going and look forward. We must play for this jersey. We need to step up against Sporting Kansas City.”
Jimmy Maurer also gave his thoughts from the match:
“Frustrated, disappointed, it wasn’t good enough,” said Maurer. “We gave everything we could, we fought for 90 minutes—It didn’t go the way we wanted.”
Following their match against Vancouver, FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium on September 29th, facing off against Western Conference top side Sporting Kansas City (13-5-7).
“We need to double down on our work,” said Maurer. “We need to build up on the momentum that we have. We have to defend our home.”