FC Dallas tied for Supporters' Shield lead after win over Whitecaps

Michael Barrios and Mauro Diaz scored as Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver moved the club into a tie with the New York Red Bulls atop the Supporters' Shield standings.

FC Dallas has its sights set firmly on the Supporters' Shield.

With a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium, Dallas (16-10-6) moved into a tie with the New York Red Bulls for the best record in MLS with two weeks remaining.

Dallas began the night three points back of New York, and defender Zach Loyd acknowledged that the club had been monitoring the Red Bulls' 2-1 loss to Toronto FC earlier in the evening.

The Dallas franchise has never won a Supporters' Shield or MLS Cup, with the 1997 U.S. Open Cup the only major title in its trophy case.

"Coming into this game, we knew how important it was for us," Loyd told reporters. "We had the Red Bull New York game on before the match. We were watching it closely. Once we saw the result, I think it gave us an extra boost knowing that three points would put us in a tie with them on top of the table with two games to go."

Added midfielder Victor Ulloa: "Huge win for us. We knew what was at stake. We’re tied for first place for the Shield. So that’s huge for us with two games left. Mentally, it helps us a lot to keep pushing. And this club can win something, so that’s huge."

Dallas took the lead against Vancouver in the 32nd minute, when Mauro Diaz and Ryan Hollingshead orchestrated a Michael Barrios strike. Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted denied a Diaz penalty kick just before halftime, but the playmaker got on the board anyway with a skilled individual strike in the 52nd minute.

The Whitecaps (15-13-5) sit third in the Western Conference with one regular season game left on their schedule.

"Certain moments change games," Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said. "They managed to take their chances. They have good players. They're a good team, coached very well. We didn't take our chances."