VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps were credited with an own goal before Jordan Harvey and Kekuta Manneh also scored to secure a 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Vancouver (3-4-1) entered play having been shut out in three straight games, including back-to-back losses, but grabbed the lead in the 35th minute when Manneh whipped a cross in that Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz punched into his own net off defender Maynor Figueroa.
Despite not putting the ball in themselves, the goal was the Whitecaps' first of the season from open play after scoring the previous six from dead-ball situations.
Harvey made it 2-0 with his second of 2016 in the 63rd minute off a Cristian Techera corner after the ball fell to him in the Dallas penalty area.
Manneh then sealed it in the 77th when Blas Perez — just into the match as a sub against his former team — touched the ball onto Manneh, who beat Seitz between the legs for his first of the campaign.
The goal-starved Whitecaps have had to deal with a lot of questions regarding their lack of offence in recent weeks, and the relief on the players' faces was obvious as they celebrated a resounding victory at the final whistle.
Dallas (5-2-2), which remains atop Major League Soccer's overall standings with 17 points, saw its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end with the loss in a match where the visitors had a fair share of the opportunities.
Vancouver 'keeper David Ousted kept his team ahead 1-0 in the 50th minute when he swatted away a Michael Barrios shot with his left hand.
Ousted made another good save in the 61st, this time off Canadian international Tesho Akindele on a shot from outside the penalty area before Harvey and Manneh put the game out of reach.
Prior to the Whitecaps grabbing their 1-0 lead in the first half, Dallas had a couple of chances to go in front. Fabian Castillo beat Vancouver's offside trap in the 10th minute and tried to chip Ousted, but his shot landed on top of the net.
Maximiliano Urruti, who was booked for diving moments later, then blasted a looping shot in the 20th from outside the box that Ousted did well to palm over the crossbar.
Vancouver had a decent chance 11 minutes later, but Matias Laba's effort when the ball fell to him off a corner flashed wide.
After the Whitecaps went ahead, Dallas came close to equalizing just four minutes later when Barrios played perfectly weighted ball to a streaking Castillo, but his shot past an onrushing Ousted missed the target.
Notes: Vancouver was without captain Pedro Morales — who has scored four goals this season — for a third straight game because of a hip injury. ... Dallas captain Matt Hedges also sat out after the defender underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus this week. ... The Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday before travelling to take on New York City FC next Saturday.
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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press