Kei Kamara’s goal on a penalty kick in the dying seconds of the game gave the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps a dramatic 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick in the ninth minute of second-half added time after Dallas goalkeeper took down Anthony Blondell in the box. Kamara’s goal enabled the Caps to earn a point after trailing 2-0 with 12 minutes to play.
Dallas (4-1-5) remained unbeaten in seven home games this season. The Whitecaps (4-5-4) earned their third straight 2-2 tie but have gone winless in seven of their last eight games.
Vancouver’s other marker resulted from an own goal by Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa in the 82nd minute.
Maxi Urruti’s goal in the 78th minute staked Dallas to a 2-0 lead. Reggie Cannon, with his first career Major League Soccer goal, also tallied for Dallas. Cannon, a 19-year-old Chicago native, is in his first full MLS season after playing in one contest in 2017.
Cannon scored in the 40th minute off a play that developed from a quick free kick in the midfield. After taking a pass from Roland Lamah, he cut across the top of the Vancouver box and curled a shot into the top corner above goalkeeper Brian Rowe.
Urruti padded the Dallas lead with his fifth goal, culminating a passing play that also involved Santiago Mosquera and Mauro Díaz.
Earlier in the week, Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said the club would have to “go back to the drawing board” on its finishing. But improvement efforts in practice did not translate to game play as the Caps continued to struggle in the scoring department.
For most of the game, Dallas remained stout on the back line even though top central defender Rito Ziegler was suspended after taking two yellow cards in last weekend’s 3-2 home with over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Figueroa, 35, replaced him, making his first start of the season.
With the Whitecaps playing their third game in eight days, Robinson juggled his starting line and began making substitutions with 29 minutes remaining in the game. But the moves had little effect until the late going, when pressure from substitute Blondell resulted in the Dallas own goal.
—Field Level Media