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The month of June has been quite good to FC Dallas. The last time it experienced an MLS defeat came in May, against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Dallas can avenge that loss with a third victory in four matches Wednesday night against a visiting Whitecaps side that's trying to extend its unbeaten run to six games.
FCD (7-6-4) is 2-0-1 in June. That followed an 0-4-2 stretch that concluded with a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on May 25. Ali Adnan scored in the 30th minute and Lucas Venuto in the 40th for the Whitecaps (4-6-7) in that contest. Dominique Badji pulled one back in the 85th for Dallas, but that was all it could muster.
Dallas, however, has rebounded nicely since that loss and came out of the recent league break with an impressive 3-0 rout out of reeling Toronto FC on Saturday. Badji scored twice on each side of halftime and Matheus Bressan also had a goal for FCD, which has yet to go four consecutive matches without a loss in 2019.
"(The Toronto match) is a turning point for us," Badji, tied for the team lead with four goals, told FC Dallas' official website. "I think we can use (that) game, going forward, to cement ourselves and be aggressive attacking."
It will take that approach while eyeing some revenge against the Whitecaps, whose only win during their current 1-0-4 stretch came versus Dallas. Though Vancouver has just one loss in the last nine league games, it needs to get over the hump and record three points instead of one.
Actually, the Whitecaps should feel grateful they were able to earn even a point in each of the last two. Nick DeLeon scored the equalizer in the 90th minute of a 1-1 draw with Toronto on May 31. On Saturday, Vancouver was down 2-0 after 20 minutes at home versus Colorado, then got a Fredy Montero goal off a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time and Yordy Reyna's score on 80 minutes to draw even and finish 2-2.
"I think it's an opportunity for us to grow," Montero, who has a team-leading six goals, told the Whitecaps' official website.
"One point is good. Better than losing, but hopefully (the draw against Colorado) gets us onto the run to help us get into the playoffs."
Vancouver has key contributors such as defenders Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius, and keeper Maxime Crepeau away for Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. FCD midfielders Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta, and defender Reggie Cannon are also on international duty.
Updated June 24, 2019