FRISCO – The eyes of North Texas were on British Columbia Sunday night, and the 2-2 draw between Vancouver and Colorado was a welcome sight to FC Dallas.
The lone point the Whitecaps got from the match has them just two points ahead of FCD in the standings with four games left for both teams.
“What was going through my head was ‘This is the best thing Oscar has done for us in a while,’” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said after Monday training, referencing ex-FCD assistant and current Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja.
“It was a good tie. It was a good opportunity for us to keep close to Vancouver.”
Colorado took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but surrendered two goals in rapid succession midway through the second half.
Colorado was down 2-1 as the minutes ticked away, but a late equalizer from Jamie Smith evened the match and kept the door open for FCD’s playoff chances.
Veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said he watched the entire match Sunday evening.
“To see the two goals given up so quickly [by Colorado], it was pretty heartbreaking. Luckily, Matt Pickens came up with some big saves to keep it 2-1,” Hartman said. “To see Jamie fight through that and finish it off so well, it was a big turnaround. Obviously it was emotional for not just Colorado fans, but for us as well.”
FC Dallas could overtake Vancouver for the final playoff spot as soon as this weekend with an FCD win at San Jose and a Vancouver loss to Seattle.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for a club that set a franchise record for consecutive winless games earlier in the season.
“I keep talking about - I have a dream. And the dream is to be in the playoffs,” Hyndman said. “I think the guys all have a dream that we have four games and even though we’re two points behind anything can happen in this league.”