TIM PARKER SCORES FIRST MLS GOAL TO SECURE HOME VICTORY
TECHERA OPENS SCORING IN DRAB AND LIFELESS FIRST HALF
By Todd May
BC Place — Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Whitecaps returned home after a four game road trip where they split their game down the middle with two victories and two losses. With visitors Sporting Kansas City at the end of their own three game road trip, today provided the perfect opportunity for the home side to capitalize on possible fatigue and collect a much-needed victory in their quest to move up the Western Conference table.
Sporting entered the match top of the Western conference having played an extra match or two over their nearest rivals, and Vancouver hovering around the playoff spots in a mediocre 6th place.
The first half played out like two teams who were both physically and mentally drained and exhausted of ideas, with the first 35 minutes containing virtually no action.
It took until the 40th minute before anything of note happened and it turned out to be a goal coming in the form of Cristian Techera. A beautifully weighted switch to the left side was deftly brought down by Bolanos and put on a plate for Techera to wrap his foot around a volley and guide home into the far corner to open the scoring.
The second half came to life when Vancouver were awarded a penalty, however Fredy Montero was unable to capitalize with Tim Melia coming up with a big save to keep his Kansas side in the match.
A series of big saves from David Ousted and Melia followed with the game becoming increasingly stretched with both sides chasing goals.
Incoming sub Alphonso Davies had an immediate impact bursting forward at speed with one move resulting in a free kick just outside the box. Bolanos whipped in a beautiful delivery which was glanced on by Tim Parker for the defenders first ever MLS goal, and his sides second of the night.
Now two goals down, KC continued pushing forward in numbers leaving gaps for the dangerous counter attacking players to exploit. Fredy was once again involved in half chances as was Bolanos, but neither were able to add an additional late goal.
Vancouver easily saw the end of the match out to preserve their 2-0 win over the current conference leaders and put themselves back into contention for stronger playoff push heading into the middle part of the season.
Montreal Impact visit Vancouver on Tuesday in their opening Canadian Amway Championship match. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00PM PT at BC Place.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Christian Bolaños
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
40′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Christian Bolaños, Sheanon Williams)
67′ – VAN – Tim Parker (Christian Bolaños)
Possession: Vancouver 41.5% – Kansas City 58.5%
Shots Vancouver: 13 – Kansas City 12
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 7 – Kansas City 2
Saves: Vancouver: 2 – Kansas City 5
Fouls: Vancouver 11 – Kansas City 15
Offsides: Vancouver 4 – Kansas City 4
Corners: Vancouver 8 – Kansas City 3
66′ – SKC – Roger Espinoza
77′ – SKC – Seth Sinovic
89′ – VAN – Matías Laba
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba; 13.Cristian Techera, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 16.Tony Tchani (67.Alphonso Davies 62′), 7.Christian Bolaños (11.Nicolás Mezquida 78′); 12.Fredy Montero (20.Brek Shea 85′)
Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 17.Marcel de Jong, 31.Russell Teibert, 77.Mauro Rosales
Sporting Kansas City
29.Tim Melia; 8.Graham Zusi, 4.Kevin Ellis, 5.Matt Besler ©, 15.Seth Sinovic; 27.Roger Espinoza, 6.Illie Sanchez, 93.Soni Mustivar (10.Benny Feilhaber 56′); 7.Gerso Fernandes, 9.Latif Blessing (39.Cameron Porter 70′), 77.Tyler Pasher (94.Jimmy Medranda HT)
Substitutes not used
1.Adrian Zendejas, 3.Ike Opara, 17.Saad Abdul-Salaam, 30.Daniel Salloi