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September 14, 2013 9:50 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
Attendance:‬ 13145‎
 
59′ V. Sánchez
D. Ferreira 51′
65′ (OG) Matt Hedges
 

Colorado Rapids 2-1 FC Dallas: Sanchez leads Rapids to key victory

The midseason acquisition scored the equalizer and forced the winning own goal as Colorado strengthened its playoff positioning.

By Thomas Floyd

Oscar Pareja - Colorado Rapids
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Vicente Sanchez opened his MLS scoring account in impressive fashion during the Colorado Rapids' 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Saturday, tying the game with an emphatic volley before forcing the winning own goal minutes later.

The victory gave Colorado a one-point lead on the LA Galaxy for third place in the Western Conference. Dallas remains on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, trailing fifth-place Portland by two points.

Dallas broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Making an overlapping run on the left flank, Jair Benitez ran onto Fabian Castillo's pass and hit a low centering feed that David Ferreira managed to poke home.

Colorado leveled the match eight minutes later. After Je-Vaughn Watson headed an ill-advised clearance back across the box, Sanchez from a tight angle hit a volley that beat Raul Fernandez.

And the Rapids went in front in the 65th minute. In possession on the left side of the box, Sanchez shook George John with a cut before hitting a pass in front of goal that deflected in off Dallas center back Matt Hedges.

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Colorado Rapids

1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Drew Moor
Defender
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
 - 
22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
 - 
-
Shane O'Neill
Defender
 - 
8
Dillon Powers
Midfielder
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
56′
 - 
23
Atiba Harris
Striker
 - 
24
Nathan Sturgis
Defender
76′ 81′
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7
V. Sánchez
Striker
59′
 - 
9
Edson Buddle
Striker
75′
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FC Dallas

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1
R. Fernández
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
11
Jackson
Defender
46′
 - 
14
George John
Defender
 - 
24
Matt Hedges
Defender
65′
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4
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-
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Erick
Midfielder
82′
 - 
27
 - 
23
 - 
11

Substitutes

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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G. Mera
Defender
81′
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-
 - 
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Martín Rivero
Midfielder
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J. Castrillón
Midfielder
 - 
26
 - 
30
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Substitutes

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18
Chris Seitz
Goalkeeper
 - 
25
 - 
16
Michel
Defender
 - 
10
M. Diaz
Midfielder
66′
 - 
8
Peter Luccin
Midfielder
 - 
7
B. Pérez
Striker
46′
 - 
33

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