John, Avila score in 2nd half for FC Dallas
George John and Eric Avila scored in the second half to help FC
Dallas rally for a 2-1 victory over the expansion Vancouver
Whitecaps on Saturday in Major League Soccer.
John tied it in the 53rd minute, and Avila gave Dallas (2-3-1)
the lead in the 83rd.
Avila scored on a low shot from outside the penalty area. He
entered the game in the 71st minute after Dallas lost forward David
Ferreira, last season’s MLS most valuable player, to a leg
Ferreira, carried off on a stretcher, was injured on a hard
tackle by Vancouver defender Jonny Leathers. Dallas coach Schellas
Hyndman said Ferreira was taken to a hospital for examination of a
possible broken leg.
”It’s bad for the team when a good player goes down,” Avila
said. ”Coming in, I had a responsibility to keep the game going. I
just tried to do as much as possible.”
Following a free kick that resulted from Leathers’ foul, John
tied it on a header.
Alain Rochat scored in the 25th minute for Vancouver
Two minutes after scoring, Rochat was called for a hand ball in
Vancouver’s penalty area. But Ferreira, fired wide after goalkeeper
Jay Nolly guessed wrong and lunged the other way.
The Whitecaps lost for the first time in five home games.
”Obviously, we are very disappointed with the result,”
Vancouver coach Teitur Thordarson said. ”There’s no doubt about
that. I was quite happy with the first half. It was a good battle
between two quite even teams.”