VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps made changes to their lineup, and it paid off with a bounce-back performance.
Camilo Sanvezzo's goal in the 11th minute was all the Whitecaps needed to defeat FC Dallas 1-0 in Major League Soccer action Saturday night.
Camilo made his return to the starting lineup and was a force early for the Whitecaps in front of 18,027 fans at B.C. Place Stadium.
It was one of the significant changes the Whitecaps made to their front four after coming off back-to-back 3-1 losses.
Camilo, the Whitecaps’ leading scorer last year, sat out one game with a quadriceps injury and limited him to a substitute role in the past two games.
Meanwhile the most interesting change for the Whitecaps was the insertion of Omar Salgado, who made his first career start.
The 18-year-old El Paso, Tex., native played the left wing but essentially took the spot of striker Eric Hassli, who was goalless after five games played this season.
Midfielder Jun Marques Davidson took forward Atiba Harris' position, with Davide Chiumiento also being deleted from the starting lineup.
"At midfield we wanted to matchup against their midfielders that play quite deep," said Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie. "Marques Davidson shielded the back really well for us. Omar's been working so hard and deserving of his chance. You could see just a little glimmer of what we could see out of him in the future. And Camilo, now that he’s healthy, we want to get him in scoring opportunities as much as we can."
Camilo broke the scoreless tie with a solid solo effort. He began at the right sideline, cut to the middle of the field and fired a left-footed strike to the left of goalkeeper Chris Seitz. That gives the Brazilian two goals on the campaign, with Lee Young-Pyo picking up the assist, his first point as a Whitecap.
"I don't think it was my assist," Lee said. "Camilo's great dribble and great finish, it was his abilities, not (mine)."
Camilo was playing up the middle, as opposed to his usual wing position to save him from defending as much while just returning from his injury, but his coach was pleased with what he saw.
"I think he can play that position," said Rennie. "He was a match winner today with a quality goal, fantastic goal."
Goalkeeper Joe Cannon stopped five shots to earn the clean sheet, his fourth of the season.
"It was a good performance," said Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "This is not an easy place to play, especially when you're playing against a very talented team, with the strike force that they have. We created some wonderful chances but were unable to finalize – Cannon did a good job in the goal."
Seitz was making a surprise start in place of Kevin Hartman, just his second for Dallas and his first this season.
"Unfortunately for us our keeper just before the game came up with back spasms so we had to make a goalkeeping change that we weren't prepared to make," Hyndman said. "We started to guys who haven't started all season. The result is the result, but what we're very pleased with is how much we got out of our guys."
Vancouver (3-2-2) moved up to third in the Western Conference with the win. They began the season 2-0-2, allowing zero goals in that span, but dropped consecutive 3-1 decisions since then, including Wednesday's loss at the hands of undefeated Sporting Kansas City.
"The last two games were disappointing for us, giving up six goals," Lee said. "But today we came back to our character."
FC Dallas (3-3-1) were coming off back-to-back wins at home, needing late goals to clinch both victories. However they remain winless on the road this year (0-3-0). They tried their tactical adjustments but didn't have Vancouver's success.
"A lot of the things that we talked about pre-game was to isolate one on the flanks and run at people," Hyndman. "Brek (Shea) and (Fabian) Castillo were doing it.
"With the surface, the slipping, and the amount of goals Vancouver has given up the last couple games, (we thought) they may be suspect for getting beat or giving fouls in the box. Brek did that and Castillo did that, the shots were there, but Joe Cannon did a good job."
Vancouver's next game is in Columbus next Saturday while Dallas hosts Real Salt Lake Wednesday.
NOTES: Vancouver was without the services of Alain Rochat, out with a left knee sprain. Darren Mattocks, Etienne Barbara and Michael Nanchoff also missed action…Dallas's Ricardo Villar and Andrew Jacobson did not make the trip with the club…This was the third all-time meeting between the two teams – Dallas won both matches – but was the first in Vancouver since the club moved into B.C. Place stadium. The two teams play two more times this season, one more in Vancouver and then in Frisco, Tex.