Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Christian Techera Scores in 32nd Minute to Lift Whitecaps Past FC Dallas

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Christian Techera Scores in 32nd Minute to Lift Whitecaps Past FC Dallas

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Techera goal lifts Whitecaps past FC Dallas

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps didn't play their best soccer on Saturday night, but it was good enough for a win.

Cristian Techera scored the game's only goal in the 32nd minute as the Whitecaps blanked FC Dallas 1-0.

"We didn't play that well," said Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted, who posted his 10th shutout of the season. "We controlled it well and we got away with the three points. So we'll be entertaining another day."

The Whitecaps (14-9-3) regained first place in the Western Conference, moving two points ahead of the idle LA Galaxy. Vancouver posted its fourth win in five games while Dallas (11-8-5) suffered its third consecutive loss.

Dallas ousted Vancouver from the playoffs last year. Saturday's game was the first of three regular season matchups between the two teams which could have strong playoff implications.

"I don't think we kept (the ball) as well as we can," said Ousted. "That said, some games you need to be scrappy. You need to not be pretty, but just win, and I think that was a perfect point today."

Techera stunned the sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium when he back-heeled in a pass from Kekuta Manneh while being sandwiched by Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and defender Je-Vaughn Watson.

It was the third goal in three games for Techera, a speedy Uruguayan midfielder.

"It just happened really fast, and it was something off instinct where that was the only option that I had," said Techera through an interpreter.

After squandering a pair of two-goal leads in their previous game against Sporting Kansas City, the Whitecaps defence tightened up considerably against Dallas.

Vancouver's stronger defensive effort could be attributed largely to the presence of central defender Kendall Waston, who returned after sitting out a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. Unlike Kansas City a week earlier, Dallas could not gain any advantage off crosses into the box, and rarely managed to send any there. …

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