After earning another three points at home last weekend, FC Dallas is on the verge of its longest unbeaten streak of the season.
The road hasn't been kind to Oscar Pareja's team, though.
Looking to snap a seven-game winless drought away from home, FC Dallas tries to continue its domination against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.
FC Dallas (8-7-5) hits the road seeking a third straight victory after beating New England 2-0 last Saturday. Andres Escobar opened the scoring in the 29th minute and rookie Tesho Akindele added his second goal in as many games in stoppage time.
"Overall, it was a great result for us, especially the back four and the goalkeeper," defender Zach Loyd told MLS' official website. "There's a little bit of a pride thing. Hopefully we can build off of this going into the second half of the season."
Dallas had been outscored 14-6 during an 0-6-2 slide before winning three of five.
"Truthfully, we were playing well even when we were losing," Akindele said. "Now, things are just clicking a little more. We're finishing our chances - ones that we were missing earlier in the year. There is not much difference in our play - we're still working hard, just like we were. We're just getting the little details right now. We're finishing our chances and not losing concentration on defense."
Staying hot won't be easy on the road, where Dallas has been outscored 12-6 during an 0-4-3 slide after playing to three consecutive draws.
Despite its struggles in opposing stadiums, Dallas could be feeling good about its chances Sunday. The club has outscored the Whitecaps 14-5 in going 6-1-1 in the series, including 2-1-1 in Vancouver.
The Whitecaps (6-4-9) return home after posting back-to-back 1-all draws at Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake. Vancouver blew the lead in both matches, dropping to 1-2-4 in its last seven.
The Whitecaps, who allowed the tying goal in the 81st minute against RSL last Saturday, have surrendered an MLS-worst 11 goals in the final 15-plus minutes of games.
"There's a lot of factors," goalkeeper David Ousted said. "Teams pushing when they're behind, us maybe going a little bit too much for the second goal, but we're trying to stay positive. We're getting the leads, and hopefully now in the next few months, you'll see us keeping the leads as well."
Defender Jay DeMerit, out since tearing a tendon in his left ankle June 7, announced his retirement Friday. The 34-year-old had a goal and an assist in 71 games with Vancouver and will continue to work with the team as an ambassador.
"When it makes sense, when it's right, it's not sad," said DeMerit, the Whitecaps' first team captain during their inaugural 2011 season. "It's not something I am going to regret. It's something I am very proud of."
Dallas, meanwhile, will be without Hendry Thomas for the remainder of the season after he underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee. Thomas was injured in the quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup play July 9.
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