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