The fanbase of a team bereft of star power and a history of disappoinment have asked all year ‘why should I watch?’The Vancouver Whitecaps have given them a reason: You just can’t count this team out.For the second straight game, the Caps have rallied from a 2-0 deficit and clawed back a point with a dramatic late-game tying goal.Last Saturday, it was Colorado. Wednesday, it was Dallas.When Lucas Venuto’s bullet-train blast from 25 yards flew past Toros ‘keeper Jesse González, it was the second time in the past three away games the Caps have scored a tying goal in the 94th minute. It was the seventh time Vancouver has scored in the 80th minute or later, and that’s including Yordy Reyna’s stunning strike in the 81st Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco., Tex.Reyna scored in the 80th minute to erase a 2-0 deficit against the Rapids on Saturday. Fredy Montero had an 84th-minute penalty kick goal in the 84th the game previous. On May 18, Derek Cornelius had a 94th-minute equalizer at Sporting Kansas City, two games after Rose found the winner in the 87th minute against Colorado.With Wednesday’s result, the Whitecaps (4-6-8) are now unbeaten in six — that’s five ties and one win — and take a head of steam into Saturday’s meeting with the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.Jesús Ferreira and Ryan Hollingshead scored in a four-minute span between the 55th and 59th minutes for Dallas (7-6-4), now unbeaten in four, who are now 76-3-11 all-time when scoring at least two goals.Here’s what we learned:
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Ali Adnan (53) kicks the ball away from FC Dallas defender Bressan (4) during the first half at Toyota Stadium.
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COOL HAND LUCASShort-handed, on a short week, it looked like the Whitecaps were going to come up short on Wednesday.But their shortest player — the 5-foot-5 Venuto — came up the biggest.As well as his game-saving score, Venuto also had the assist on Reyna’s goal after coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute. In only 12 touches, he had two points, a key pass and eight completed passes. The 24-year-old TAM winger has now scored twice in his past four games.BLOCK PARTYThe Whitecaps were, as is the norm for this team, outshot 26-12 by Dallas, 9-5 on target. But the Caps are excellent at conceding them from further out or give their keepers a clean line of sight on the ball, but their real strength is in blocks.They had 10 blocks Wednesday, double their 2018 average of 4.2 blocks per game. That number was second in MLS to D.C. United, as was their total of 72 and block percentage of 16.9 per cent.Dallas had a slight edge in possession at 50.3 per cent.
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Jon Erice, right, controls the ball as FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal looks to pounce during Wednesday’s Major League Soccer action at Toyota Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.
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SYSTEM SQUAD PLAYERMarc Dos Santos tossed out a surprise starter Wednesday by giving SuperDraft pick Brendan McDonough — the team’s only pick this year, at 35th overall — as part of a three-man backline in a 3-5-2.The 22-year-old rookie integrated himself seamlessly into the formation, and wasn’t at fault for either of the goals. He handled the Dallas pressure well, and was second in total passes (32) including an impressive 90.9 completion percentage, second in total touches (42) and was the highest-rated Caps defender on whoscored.com when he was subbed off for Venuto in the 66th minute.MISSING MAXZac MacMath was a busy man in net for Vancouver, making seven saves in the game, but he got caught cheating on Dallas’s second goal leaning left on Hollingshead’s near-post goal.He had some nervy moments against Colorado on Saturday as well, as the fan base has started to pine for the return of Max Crepeau.GOALS55′ — D, Jesus Ferreira59′ — D, Ryan Hollingshead81′ — V, Yordy Reyna94′ — V, Lucas VenutoJadams@postmedia.comTwitter.com/The RealJJAdamsNEXT GAMESaturdayVancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders7 p.m., CenturyLink Field, TV: TSN1, Radio: TSN 1040 AM CLICK 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 email@example.com