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  • April 23, 2011
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • Empire Field, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Referee: J. Guzmán
  • • Attendance: 21000

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 FC Dallas: Late Avila winner hands Whitecaps home defeat

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 FC Dallas: Late Avila winner hands Whitecaps home defeat

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The Whitecaps still have not won since the season's first match.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC lost their first home match Saturday, falling to FC Dallas by a 2-1 scoreline. Alain Rochat put the 'Caps ahead in the 25th minute, before George John and Eric Avila struck back for the visitors in the second half.

Both teams threatened early on in the match. Andrew Jacobson's goal-bound strike was well-blocked by Vancouver defender Alain Rochat. The Whitecaps had their first chance when Davide Chiumiento forced a good save out of FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

On 25 minutes, the Swiss defender Rochat had the breakthrough. FC Dallas failed to properly clear a Vancouver free kick and Jeb Brovsky won possession. He sent the ball out left to Chiumiento. who crossed into Rochat, whos great directed header left Hartman with no chance. It was Rochat's first-ever goal for the Whitecaps.

Just two minutes later however, and FC Dallas had a chance to level from the penalty spot. Referee Juan Guzman ruled Rochat used his arm to block Jacobson's shot in the Whitecaps box. 2010 MLS Most Valuable Player David Ferreira stepped up to take the spot kick, but his penalty unexpectedly missed the target completely.

In the 52nd minute, Dallas were hit with an injury blow, as reigning league MVP David Ferreira left the match with a leg injury. Eric Avila was subbed on in his place

Just eight minutes after the break, FC Dallas found their equalizing goal. Marvin Chavez struck a corner that was flicked towards goal off the head of Jackson, whose header found George John in great position to nod home from just a few yards out. It was the defender's first goal of the season and second of his FC Dallas career.

As the match headed into the last ten minutes still level at 1-1, card-prone Whitecaps forward Eric Hassl was booked after a tussle for the ball with John. It was the Frenchman's fifth yellow card of the season, which means he will be suspended for next Saturday's match at Columbus.

With just seven minutes left, FC Dallas found the winning goal. Jair Benitez's dangerous cross was flicked on by Rodriguez and into the path of an substitute Eric Avila, who made no mistake with his strike from the edge of the box.

"Obviously, we are very disappointed with the result," said Whitecaps FC head coach Teitur Thordarson. "I was quite happy with the first half, as it was a good battle between two even teams. We were maybe a bit lucky to go in at halftime with a 1-0 lead, as they missed a penalty, but I definitely felt that in the second half, we lost our focus a little bit and didn’t manage to come out as strong as I thought we would."

The Whitecaps have now gone six straight league matches without a win after their opening match victory over Toronto.

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