Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas | MLS Match Preview
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. FC DALLAS
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
October 7, 2015 (WEEK 32, MLS Game #319)
10 p.m. ET (TSN)
The Western Conference playoff picture will take real shape as the Vancouver Whitecaps entertain FC Dallas in the first of their home-and-home series over the next two weeks when the clubs face off Wednesday evening at BC Place. The teams are separated by just a single point in the conference, FC Dallas having clinched their berth in the postseason and the ‘Caps just a win or a draw away. The Whitecaps come into the game on a three-game winless run after their 1-1 draw at San Jose last weekend, while FCD snapped a two-game losing slide in a 4-1 home win vs. Houston.
- The Whitecaps can claim a berth in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs with a single point, despite seeing their winless streak extended to three games following a 1-1 draw at the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening.
- FC Dallas have booked their place in the postseason, David Texeira scoring a pair of goals to lead FC Dallas to a 4-1 win against the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Stadium, snapping a two-game losing slide.
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Cristian Techera scored the game’s lone goal to give the Whitecaps the victory Aug. 22 at BC Place. This is the first game in a home-and-home series between the teams. They meet next week at Toyota Stadium.
- Whitecaps FC have won the last two meetings between the teams, their first wins against FC Dallas since April 12, 2012. FC Dallas had won five of the seven intervening matches, with two draws.
- Whitecaps FC have come away with points in their last four home matches with FC Dallas, with a win and two draws. FC Dallas have won all five encounters between the clubs in Frisco.
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath
MLS Career: 60 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 15; pens: 17
AR1 (bench): Eric Boria; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Daniel Radford
SUSPENDED: VAN: Steven Beitashour (caution accumulation; through Oct. 7)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: VAN: Sam Adekugbe, Pa-Modou Kah, Cristian Techera, Kendall Waston … DAL: Atiba Harris
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: VAN: Jordan Harvey, Gershon Koffie, Nicolas Mezquida, Octavio Rivero, Russell Teibert, Pedro Morales, Matias Laba … DAL: Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Victor Ulloa, Dan Kennedy, Atiba Harris, Michel
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: VAN: Caleb Clarke (Canada; CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship); Kendall Waston (Costa Rica; vs. South Africa, 10/8; at USA, 10/13) … DAL: Fabian Castillo (Colombia; vs. Peru, 10/8; at Uruguay, 10/13)
ALL-TIME (12 meetings): Whitecaps FC 3 wins, 11 goals … FC Dallas 7 wins, 18 goals … Ties 2
AT VANCOUVER (7 meetings): Whitecaps FC 3 wins, 9 goals … FC Dallas 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 2
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