Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Thanks to a late goal from the Rapids' Jamie Smith, Colorado tied Vancouver 2-2 on Sunday night at BC Place. The match on Sunday was Vancouver's game-in-hand on FC Dallas and Vancouver could have built a two-match cushion in the standings. But after tonight, both FCD and Vancouver have four matches remaining with the Whitecaps just two points ahead of FCD in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Here's where things stand after all of the matches from the weekend:
Here is the remaining schedule for both Vancouver and FC Dallas:
Vancouver: vs Seattle, vs Chivas USA, vs Portland, at Real Salt Lake
FC Dallas: at San Jose, at Chivas USA, at Seattle, vs Chivas USA
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
SAVE: David Ferreira's penalty kick is saved by Brad Knighton.
POST: Ferreira hits one off the crossbar on the feed from Brek Shea.
OFFSIDE: Blas Perez's late goal is called back offside.
GOAL: Julian de Guzman scores the last-second match-winner to secure the three points.
FC Dallas face a must-win match this Saturday, Sept. 15 when Vancouver Whitecaps FC come to Frisco for the final meeting of the season between the two clubs.
The match kicks at 7:30 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium and will air at approximately 11 p.m. on TXA21. To watch the match live and be a part of the excitement BUY TICKETS NOW: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Stadium
Vancouver currently occupies the final Western Conference berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Four points behind the 'Caps in the standings sits FC Dallas, meaning a win on Saturday would leave the Texas side just one point shy of the final playoff berth. On the other hand, if Whitecaps FC should pick up a win at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday the Canadian teams' lead on FCD would expand to seven points, which would all but eliminate Dallas from playoff contention. With so much on the line, Saturday's game is unquestionably the most important match of FC Dallas' 2012 season to date.
Saturday's match is just as important to Vancouver. Losers of four straight matches dating back to a 2-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas on Aug. 15, Whitecaps FC desperately needs to win this match in order to distance itself from FCD in the standings. And having scored just once in those last four matches, the Vancouver offense will be looking to right the ship in Frisco on Saturday night.
The match is presented by Guerrero as well as associate sponsors Novo Nordisk and Cash America. The festivities will start as soon as the gates open at 6 p.m., as Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night. As always, fans are encouraged to enjoy BBQ, street tacos and live music as part of Lamar's Tailgate on the North Concourse - which will feature a live mariachi band - or visit the Budweiser Beer Garden for foosball, pool ball and great food and drink specials. The pregame festivities will conclude with the ceremonial scarfing of the Lamar Hunt statue, which will be performed by former U.S. Men's National Team captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa (check out Balboa's "Best MLS Goal of all time" at the end of this highlight reel).
Tickets are going fast, so get yours now for the most important match of the year at FC Dallas Stadium.
We have post-game video comments from Vancouver featuring coach Schellas Hyndman, Andrew Jacobson and Jonathan Top. Thanks to MLS for the video.
Castillo scores in 60' with assist from David Ferreira. VAN 0, FCD 1.
Jonathan Top gets first MLS goal with assist from Ferreira. VAN 0, FCD 2.
Free kick from Vancouver's Camilo hits crossbar.
Kevin Hartman punches out Robson free kick in 2nd half.