FC DALLAS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
October 14, 2015 (WEEK 33, MLS Game #320)
9 p.m. ET (TSN, MLS LIVE, KTXA-CBS21)
Both teams having secured berths in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps will meet in the back end of their home-and-home series trying to chase down homefield advantage as the clubs clash Wednesday evening at Toyota Stadium. The teams reached a scoreless draw last week at BC Place that left the clubs separated by a single point at the top of the Western Conference, FCD leading the division ahead of the Whitecaps and the LA Galaxy and also holding a game in hand.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero
MLS Career: 55 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 15; pens: 26
AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Nima Saghafi
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SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DAL: Atiba Harris … VAN: Sam Adekugbe, Pa-Modou Kah, Cristian Techera, Kendall Waston SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Victor Ulloa, Dan Kennedy, Michel … VAN: Jordan Harvey, Gershon Koffie, Nicolas Mezquida, Octavio Rivero, Russell Teibert, Pedro Morales, Matias Laba DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME MLS (13 meetings): FC Dallas 7 wins, 18 goals … Whitecaps FC 3 wins, 11 goals … Ties 3
AT DALLAS (5 meetings): FC Dallas 5 wins, 10 goals … Whitecaps FC 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
2015 (MLS): 8/22: VAN 1, DAL 0 (Techera 32) 10/7: VAN 0, DAL 0
- The teams are meeting for the third time this season in the back end of a home-and-home series over a week’s span. They reached a scoreless draw last Wednesday at BC Place. In their earlier meeting, on Aug. 22 in Vancouver, Cristian Techera scored the game’s lone goal to give the Whitecaps the victory.
- The Whitecaps have not lost to FC Dallas in the last three regular-season meetings between the teams, having won two games in a row before last week's draw, their first wins against FC Dallas since April 12, 2012. FC Dallas had won five of the seven intervening matches, with two draws.
- FC Dallas have won all five encounters between the clubs in Frisco, including a controversial and contentious win in last year's Knockout Round. The Whitecaps have come away with points in their last five home matches with FC Dallas, with a win and three draws.
- Coaches' records:
Carl Robinson vs. DAL: P5 W2 L1 D2
Oscar Pareja vs. VAN: P11 W3 L5 D3
LAST MEETING (MLS): 10/7 VAN 0, DAL 0
- Chances were at a premium over the 90 minutes. Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted was tested more fully, making four saves on the match, including a stop on a fierce drive from an unmarked Mauro Díaz inside the box in the first half and saves from Tesho Akindele and David Texeira on close-range efforts in the second half.
- FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was called upon to make two saves in posting the shutout.
- VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (4-2-3-1): David Ousted - Jordan Smith, Tim Parker, Pa-Modou Kah, Jordan Harvey - Matías Laba (Gershon Koffie 89), Russell Teibert - Cristian Techera (Darren Mattocks 75), Mauro Rosales (Robert Earnshaw 86), Kekuta Manneh - Octavio Rivero.
- FC DALLAS (4-2-3-1): Jesse Gonzalez - Je-Vaughn Watson, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead - Kellyn Acosta (Ezequiel Cirigliano 70), Victor Ulloa - Michael Barrios, Mauro Díaz (Atiba Harris 88), Tesho Akindele - David Texeira (Blas Pérez 83).
Rumor Central: FCD's Castillo drawing EPL interest? (10/12)
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