Slumping FC Dallas aims for turnaround vs. Whitecaps

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Depth will be a factor when the Vancouver Whitecaps host FC Dallas at BC Place on Saturday with both teams looking to end winless streaks.

The Whitecaps (3-6-5, 14 points) will be playing for the fifth time in 16 days. In a 2-2 tie at the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos made six lineup changes and he likely will field a different lineup versus Dallas (5-5-3, 18 points).

“We’re building a team with the mentality that no matter who’s on the field has to be connected and has to be committed to help anyway they can,” Whitecaps forward Fredy Montero said. “We know we have enough players to fight against any team.”

Dallas will have to replace steady veteran defender Matt Hedges, who was issued a red card in the 49th minute of a 1-1 tie against Los Angeles FC last Saturday after denying a clear scoring opportunity.

The draw against the MLS points leader gave FC Dallas an 0-3-2 record in the past five games, due in some measure to injuries and having starting midfielders Paxton Pomykal and Edwin Cerrillo away with the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team.

“We’ve had players missing every game, and other players have had to step up and that’s the continued expectation,” Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “The group is going to keep stepping up, the guys are going to keep stepping up for each other. That’s going to make us stronger.

“Finding the way is the sentiment and the spirit that we want to continue to develop and improve.”

Vancouver has a loss and two ties in it past three matches but first-year coach Dos Santos sees progress.

“We feel that every single game, that if you go watch every result, it’s all 1-1, 2-2, 0-0, 1-0, 2-1,” he said. “We’re in every single game. We believe in the process. We believe in our group and we’re staying the course.”

–Field Level Media

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