MLS: FC Dallas Pick Up Steam Ahead of Playoffs with 2-0 Win over Vancouver

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IOctober 16, 2011

FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 15: Ugo Ihemelu #3 (L), George John #14 (R) and Brek Shea #20 of the FC Dallas honor former FC Dallas player and broadcaster Bobby Rhine #19 with a undershirt after scoring a goal against Vancouver FC during the second half of a soccer game at Pizza Hut Park on October 15, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. Rhine died suddenly of a heart attack. FC Dallas won 2-0. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas received a big boost to their postseason standing on Saturday night, when they silenced the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex.

Looking to build on their momentum from their 2-1 playoff-clinching win over Chicago midweek, the Hoops established the rhythm early and wore down Tom Soehn’s Whitecaps, who never looked to threaten much at the Over.

In the 35th minute, a long goal kick from Kevin Hartman found Brek Shea, who delivered the ball to a streaking Marvin Chavez, who recorded his sixth goal of the season to open the proceedings. A would-be brace at the beginning of the second half for the Honduran international was called back due to an offsides call.

In the 54th minute, Dallas put the game out of reach. Brek Shea took advantage of a mishit from Hoops captain Daniel Hernandez, who blasted the rebound past embattled Vancouver netminder Joe Cannon for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

With the result, FC Dallas improve to 15-11-7 (52 points) and are only out of the top three due to Real Salt Lake managing a superior goal differential (+8 to +5).

Dallas wrap up the MLS regular season away to the San Jose Earthquakes but will have to deal with Toronto FC in CONCACAF Champions League action first.

As for Vancouver, a futile road campaign has been part of a 6-17-10 year (28 points). The Whitecaps will wrap up the 2011 season back at BC Place on Oct. 22, where they host the Colorado Rapids.

Keep it right here on Bleacher Report for continuing coverage of the 2011 Major League Soccer season.


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