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Cristian Techera's 74th-minute free kick salvages point for Whitecaps

Cristian Techera scored on a beautiful free kick in the 74th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps fought back to draw FC Dallas 1-1 on Saturday night.

Vancouver fightback to share spoils with Dallas to end roller coaster week

Cristian Techera of the Whitecaps celebrates his 74th-minute free kick that helped Vancouver tie FC Dallas 1-1, in MLS action on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Cristian Techera scored on a beautiful free kick in the 74th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps fought back to draw FC Dallas 1-1 on Saturday night.

Maximiliano Urruti replied for Dallas (6-3-6), which remains four points up on Vancouver (6-6-2) in Major League Soccer's Western Conference standings.

Toronto FC won to stay on top of the MLS, while Montreal and Vancouver both played to draws. 1:57

With his team trailing and struggling to create chances, Techera curled a left-footed shot over the wall and past Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez from roughly 30 yards out for the pint-sized Uruguayan's fourth of the season.

After a forgettable first half for both teams, Urruti stole the ball from fellow Argentine Matias Laba in midfield and went the other way before slotting home his eighth goal in the 52nd minute past a defender and beyond a diving David Ousted.

The Whitecaps brought on 16-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who made his debut for Canada in a friendly this week, with half an hour to go in hopes of sparking something, and his galloping runs seemed to spark Vancouver before Techera struck.

The match brought an end to a roller-coaster week for the Whitecaps that began with positive headlines before two alleged off-field incidents involving police came to light.

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