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FRISCO, Texas - A late penalty-kick goal created by a controversial handball call brought the Vancouver Whitecaps season to a frustrating end.Midfielder Michel stutter-stepped and slid his unmolested shot into the left side of the net in the 84th minute as Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted dived in the other direction to give FC Dallas a 2-1 victory in the knockout round of Major League Soccers Western Conference playoffs Wednesday night.Dallas (17-12-6) will face Seattle in the two-game conference semifinal.The loss ended the Whitecaps five-game unbeaten streak and closed out a season in which Vancouver (12-9-14) advanced to the post-season for the second time in its MLS history. The club has now lost all six of its games at FC Dallass Toyota Stadium.This one just hurt more than the others.It was a big decision given the magnitude of the game, defender Andy OBrien said. But these are things that happen.The game kicks you between the legs sometimes, and thats how it feels tonight.The most painful kick came from referee Mark Geiger, who awarded a penalty when a bouncing ball in the Vancouver box barely glanced off the right arm of Kendall Waston as the Whitecaps defender tried to put his hands behind his back. The Vancouver players protested vehemently, but the call stood.Waston deliberately handled the ball, hence the PK was called, Geiger said.Waston disagreed with the deliberate part.I tried to put my hand on the back of my body and the ball hit me, he said. Thats different than putting your hand on the ball. But that was the decision of the referee. I respect it, but I dont approve it.The Whitecaps had extended their shutout streak to 432 minutes — surpassing a run of 427 minutes in 2012 as the longest in club history — before watching that streak disappear in the 40th minute thanks to FC Dallass surprise starter.Midfielder Mauro Diaz, making his first start since Aug. 9 and only his 10th in an injury-plagued season, turned a sliver of space into a dangerous run, slipping past OBrien and Waston near midfield to break into the clear.When defender Jordan Harvey came out to challenge Diaz, he slid a deft pass to Calgary-born Tesho Akindele, who fired a low shot just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead.I tried to stick my butt out into the guy (Diaz), and I thought Kendall was going to come and clean out, OBrien said. But he nicked past him and then he was gone.Down and seemingly out — FC Dallas had dominated possession and scoring chances in the first half — the Whitecaps rose to tie the match with a stunning goal in the 64th minute, the climax of an inspired second-half effort.The play began with a floating free kick into the Dallas box by Mauro Rosales that pinballed around before popping out to second-half substitute Kekuta Manneh. Mannehs shot was blocked, but the ball fell at the feet of Erik Hurtado, and the Whitecaps forward slammed it past keeper Chris Seitz on the right side to give his team life.Then it slipped away, to the sound of a whistle.I questioned my team at halftime because I thought we played with a little bit of fear, Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said. The second half was the total opposite. My team gave me everything I asked and more. The performance they put in in the second half was not worthy of losing this game.Weve got Mauro Rosales in there, whos 33 years of age and whos been very successful, and hes crying his eyes out in there because he feels the result wasnt what we deserved. And I agree with him. Cheap Winnipeg Jets Jerseys . Irving played 10 minutes Sunday night before going to the locker room. He had two points and four assists, missing all five of his shots. The All-Star game MVP is the top scorer among Eastern Conference point guards with 21. Wholesale China Jerseys . The three goals bring Messis career tally for Barcelona to 371 in all games -- including friendlies -- breaking the club record of 369 held by Paulino Alcantara since 1927. The 26-year-old Messi was already the clubs all-time leading scorer in official games. 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