The road warriors returned home Saturday to take on FC DallasThe tired, road-weary and injury-plagued Vancouver Whitecaps got an injection of energy Saturday night at B.C. Place, beating FC Dallas 2-1 in their first home game since May 15.Ali Adnan and Lucas Venuto scored for the Whitecaps (4-6-5), who have now picked up points in six of their last seven games and are unbeaten in three.Dallas (5-6-3) got its lone goal from Dominique Badji, and had their winless streak extended to six games, including four losses. The Toros, after a hot start to the season, have cooled considerably, scoring just four goals in their last six games.Here’s what we learned …
Dallas FC’s Michael Barrios, left, puts a shot on net past the defence of Whitecaps’ Victor Giro during the first half of an MLS game at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver on Saturday.
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DANCING ALIAdnan opened his MLS account in the 30th minute, taking on Reggie Cannon and Michael Barrios on the left flank. He split the two, nutmegging Barrios in the process, before curling one with his right foot over the outstretched arm of Dallas keeper Jose Luis Gonzalez.But he tweaked his groin shortly after, requiring treatment, and was forced to the locker room before halftime. He left the game having completed 14 of 14 passes and leading the team in first-half clearances (4) and tackles (2).Coming into the game, the Iraqi international was the highest-rated left back in MLS out of players with at least 10 appearances. He’s an offensive catalyst for Vancouver, leading the same group of players in total dribbles (3.5) and successful dribbles (2.2), and is tied for third overall in MLS in duels won (98).
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Derek Cornelius tries to shield Dallas FC’s Reggie Cannon from the ball in the first half.
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LUCKY MAXThe Toros outshot Vancouver 19-7 on Saturday, but just three shots were on target — all coming in the final 10 minutes — meaning there were no triple-save acrobatics needed from Max Crepeau this week.Dallas had two legitimate scoring chances, with Jesus Ferreira putting one on top of the netting in the 27th minute, but Dallas came closest on a Pablo Aranguiz attempt in the 56th minute. A cross from Michael Barrios flashed across the face of the goal, Crepeau getting a hand to it, but the ball fell to Aranguiz at the end of the six-yard box. With the open net gaping, he put it off the crossbar directly into Crepeau’s arms.The goalkeeper had his shutout bid spoiled in the 83rd minute when Badji wriggled through two Caps defenders and fired it past a partially screened Crepeau from 15 yards out. It came on a transition after Venuto, in all alone on Gonzalez on a breakaway from half, couldn’t convert for the 3-0 lead.
Vancouver Whitecaps homegrown player Theo Bair jumps for a loose ball against FC Dallas as he makes his first-team debut in the second half.
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YOUNG STARNineteen-year-old striker Theo Bair made his professional debut with the first team, coming on in the 71st minute for Fredy Montero. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ottawa native is one of the most coveted of the Caps’ prospects, signing a homegrown contract last July to join Simon Colyn, Thomas Hasal, Sean Melvin, David Norman Jr. and Michael Baldisimo as academy players to have signed contracts in the past three seasons.He got a standing ovation from his Academy teammates in the stands — the cheers coming loudest from centre-back Doneil Henry, watching the game with the developmental players — and they were sent into delirium when Bair nearly connected on his first touch, a quasi-Scorpion kick volley that nearly beat Gonzalez.Dallas and the Whitecaps are both among the youngest MLS teams, and both have a strong emphasis on their development pipelines, with the two teams combining for 17 homegrown players — 10 of them under email@example.com/TheRealJJAdamsNEXT GAMEFridayToronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps7 p.m., B.C. Place Stadium, TV: TSN; Radio: TSN 1040 AMCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org