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Late Avila goal sends FC Dallas over Vancouver

Published 4/23/2011 9:26:38 PM by staff from dallas
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FC Dallas rallied from a 1-0 deficit and got a much needed win Saturday.  A late goal from substitute Eric Avila capped off the FC Dallas comeback as the visitors rallied to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Empire Field on Saturday afternoon.   Dallas defender George John scored a header off a free kick early in the second half to even the game.  Time was running short when Avila found the winner to give Vancouver their first home loss of the season. Defender Alain Rochat scored for the Whitecaps in the first half.

Schellas Hyndman’s team pulled out the victory despite playing most of the second half without reigning league MVP David Ferreira, who went down with an injury in the 52nd minute. 

Dallas showed their intentions right from the start. In the second minute, Brek Shea came up with the ball on the right side of the box and laid it off to unmarked Andrew Jacobson, who let loose a left-footer from the edge of the 18. Rochat, however, came through with a slide to clear the shot away.

After the match settled, Vancouver took the initiative. In the 25th minute, Vancouver's Davide Chiumiento swung in a free kick from the left side that was cleared by the defense, but only as far as Jeb Brovsky, who then sent a pass back out wide to Chiumiento. The Swiss midfielder curled a cross towards the far post, where Rochat placed his header beyond 'keeper Kevin Hartman's reach for the 1-0 lead.   The assist was Chiumiento’s league-leading fifth of the season.

The visitors nearly responded with an equalizer two minutes later. Jacobson found the ball at his feet on 27 minutes and fired a shot that hit Rochat in the arm to set up a penalty kick. Ferreira stepped up to the spot, but shanked the kick wide left.

Vancouver looked to double their lead in the 40th minute, when Rochat darted up field and fed Camilo at the top of the box. The Brazilian cut past his defender before rolling a shot just outside of the near post.

Dallas were dealt a blow five minutes into the second half when Ferreira went down injured and had to be subbed out of the match. However, FCD weren’t deterred and equalized moments after their star went down. Marvin Chavez whipped in a corner that Jackson Goncalves flicked to the back post, where John was waiting to nod home past Jay Nolly.

FC Dallas found a late winner in the 83rd minute. Left back Jair Benitez whipped in a cross from to forward Milton Rodriguez, who failed to control the pass. The ball then dribbled to Eric Avila, who found himself with some space on the right hand side of the field and unleashed a low shot to the far post to take a 2-1 lead.

With the win, Dallas improved to 2-3-1 and will now return home to host the LA Galaxy on May 1. 

Label: FC Dallas 2 Vancouver 1, Eric Avila, George John, Alain Rachat
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