FRISCO, Texas - FC Dallas leaves the comforts of Toyota Stadium for the first time this season and goes on the road to face the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place this Saturday, March 11 at 4PM CT.
Here's everything you need to know about the match.
How to Watch
Saturday's match will be available on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, along with all MLS matches all season long. The game kicks off at 4:09PM with broadcasters Blake Price and Paul Dolan the call. Francisco X. Rivera and Max Cordaro will call the game in Spanish and Jeremy Filosa with Matthias Van Halst with provide the French language commentary.
English: If you can't watch the match, you can listen to all the action on iHeartMedia 1190AM and the FC Dallas App. Host Sam Hale will provide pregame and postgame coverage beginning at 3:30PM. Veteran FCD broadcasters Owen Newkirk and Steve Davis will provide in-game commentary.
Spanish: Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon will call the game in Spanish on 1270AM, starting at 4PM.
- FCD record: 1-1-0 (3 points - 4th in West)
- VAN record: 0-2-0 (0 points - 12th in West)
- FCD vs. VAN all-time: 10-9-7 (33 goal scored, 33 goals conceded)
- FCD vs. VAN all-time away: 2-7-4 (11 goal scored, 18 goals conceded)
FC Dallas bounced back from a disappointing Home Opener with an entertaining 3-1 comeback win over the LA Galaxy last Saturday at Toyota Stadium. LA took the lead 35 minutes in through Dejan Joveljic, who was filling in for the injured Chicharito. It was the second time in seven days Dallas fell behind at home but, instead of putting their heads down, Nico Estévez's men battled back and found an equalizer just before halftime. The second half was a different story all together. Jesús Ferreira led the charge with two goals from flowing, counterattacking moves similar to those that characterized 2022 FCD. It was an important win for two reasons: First, the second half reminded the team - and fans - how good Dallas can be offensively when playing with free-flowing urgency. The second, the club collected its first points of the season before going on the road where points come at a premium.
Dallas' forward line showed exactly why it's among MLS's best in the win over the Galaxy. Alan Velasco, Jesús Ferreira and Paul Arriola were all active in front of goal with Ferreira scoring two, Velasco one and Arriola providing assists for each. For Dallas' equalizer, Arriola showcased the tenacity and quick-thinking that set him apart. He chased down a hopeful long ball that looked destined to be handled by the Galaxy defense. Instead of giving it up, Arriola rounded the defender to collect the ball and played an early cutback cross for Velasco to finish into the bottom corner. FCD's second goal saw all three front men combine. Velasco played a cross-field pass to Arriola who - despite his diminutive frame - won the header which fell perfectly into the path of Ferreira in the box. The 22-year-old U.S. international slipped it past LA 'keeper Jonathan Bond with the instinctive finishing that helped him score 18 goals last campaign. Ferreira worked his magic again to seal his brace and he looks well on his way to another high-scoring season. It's still early in the year, but FCD's front three already look back to their best—which could prove vital with Dallas on the road against a tricky Vancouver team.
Vancouver has proven to be a tough road trip for Dallas over the years. The club has just two wins from 13 attempts at BC Place, with the most recent victory coming back in 2018 under coach Oscar Pareja. It's a little surprising considering Vancouver has only been a playoff team once in that time span. Still, they've had FCD's number on their home turf. And "turf" is a key word there, as BC Place doesn't have a natural playing surface. It's certainly not the only venue in MLS that uses artificial turf but it's still something Dallas' players will need to get used to quickly. Something that could tip the balance in FCD's favor is Vancouver's schedule. The club played (and won, 5-0) in the Concacaf Champions League Wednesday night so Dallas has a few extra days of rest on its opponent. Still, Vancouver will have plenty of motivation as they look for their first points of the MLS campaign.
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