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
Attendance: 21,020

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



Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jacobson, Techera lead ‘Caps to first road win of 2017

MONTREAL, QUE – ­Play to win.
That’s how Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-4L-1D) said they were going to approach matches away from home this season – and that’s exactly what they did on Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 comeback victory over Canadian rival Montreal Impact (1W-3L-4D) at Stade Saputo.

Andrew Jacobson led the way with a goal and an assist and Cristian Techera scored the game-winner in the 79th minute as the ‘Caps claimed their first road win of 2017

For the first time this year, Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson fielded the same starting XI as in a previous match on Saturday – in back-to-back outings, no less.

Prior to that, he had used 11 different lineups in 11 matches to start 2017.

But after going toe-to-toe with the Timbers a week ago in Portland, Robinson once again with a 4-1-4-1 setup featuring a midfield trio of Matias Laba behind Jacobson and Tony Tchani.

And it had the desired effect for most of the first half – despite conceding early.

Montreal opened the scoring in the ninth minute through Marco Donadel, who found the bottom left corner with a bouncer from distance. Substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel, who replaced an injured Matteo Mancosu just minutes prior, attempted to deflect the strike in the box and that appeared to delay the reaction of Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted just enough.At any rate, it was 1-0 Impact.

From there, however, it was all Vancouver. The ‘Caps looked in complete control for the remainder of the half, finding all sorts of joy through Techera and Sheanon Williams down the right flank. And they eventually levelled the score in the 29th minute.

After a Christian Bolaños free kick was headed away, the ball fell to Jacobson at the top of the box and the midfielder made no mistake, placing a perfectly-hit volley into the top right corner.

The Impact manufactured a little bit of a pushback in the second half, coming close on a pair of crosses to teenager Ballou Tabla at the back post. But Ousted saved the first and Tabla missed the target on the second – and the ‘Caps made them pay.

In the 79th minute, Jacobson released Techera into the box with a left-footed throughball. “The Bug” then cut into the middle past a sliding Laurent Ciman before calmly finishing with his left foot to give Vancouver their first lead of the game.

Montreal put on the pressure in the dying stages but Ousted and the ‘Caps held firm to come away with the victory – a much-deserved one, at that.

Saturday’s match was Vancouver’s second of four straight away from home. Next up is a tilt with Tim Howard’s Colorado Rapids on Friday, May 5 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7 p.m. PT on TSN and TSN 1040 radio).

Budweiser Man of the Match: Andrew Jacobson
Referee: Drew Fischer
Attendance: 19,597

Scoring Summary
9′ – MTL – Marco Donadel
29′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson
79′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Andrew Jacobson)

Possession: Montreal 51.5% – Vancouver 48.5%
Shots: Montreal 18 – Vancouver 10
Shots on Goal: Montreal 4 – Vancouver 3
Saves: Montreal 1 – Vancouver 3
Fouls: Montreal 18 – Vancouver 16
Offsides: Montreal 2 – Vancouver 2
Corners: Montreal 9 – Vancouver 0

28′ – MTL – Kyle Fisher
41′ – MTL – Hernan Bernardello
59′ – MTL – Marco Donadel
65′ – VAN – Matias Laba
90′ + 4′ – MTL – Dominic Oduro

Montreal Impact
1.Evan Bush; 18.Chris Duvall, 26.Kyle Fisher, 23.Laurent Ciman, 2.Ambroise Oyongo; 33.Marco Donadel, 30.Hernan Bernardello (7.Dominic Oduro 65′); 13.Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, 8.Patrice Bernier, 10.Ignacio Piatti; 21.Matteo Mancosu (24.Anthony Jackson-Hamel 5′, 3.Daniel Lovitz 73′)

Substitutes not used
40.Maxime Crepeau, 14.Adrian Arregui, 16.Calum Mallace, 25.Louis Beland-Goyette

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba; 13.Cristian Techera (31.Russell Teibert 90′), 8.Andrew Jacobson, 16.Tony Tchani (67.Alphonso Davies 68′), 7.Christian Bolaños (11.Nicolás Mezquida 81’); 12.Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 28.Jake Nerwinski, 30.Ben McKendry, 77.Mauro Rosales


Match report courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps.

Photos Courtesy of Denise McCooey.

Montero strikes again as ‘Caps fall short to league-leaders

PORTLAND, OR – Fredy Montero scored his fourth goal in as many games as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-4L-1D) went toe-to-toe with the league-leading Portland Timbers (5W-2L-1D) on Saturday afternoon at Providence Park.

It just wasn’t enough in the end.

The Timbers held on for a 2-1 victory and continued their red hot start to 2017 thanks to first-half goals from Darlington Nagbe, who opened the scoring with a world-class 18th minute strike, and former Whitecaps FC striker Darren Mattocks, whose 40th-minute marker proved the winner.

Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson made two changes to his starting lineup on Saturday, and a slight change in shape, inserting midfielders Andrew Jacobson and Tony Tchani for Russell Teibert and Alphonso Davies in a new-look 4-1-4-1 formation.

And for large parts of the opening half, it had the desired effect.

The ‘Caps managed to find some nice pockets of space in midfield and showed some promise going forward, coming close on headers from Christian Bolaños, Montero, and Jacobson. They actually outshot the Timbers 10-7 and had just about the same amount of possession, but Portland hurt them where it matters most – on the scoreboard.

In the 18th minute, Nagbe tiptoed around a pair of defenders before firing home an absolute rocket off the underside of the bar from the edge of the box. And in the 40th minute, Nagbe found some space in midfield again, this time playing the ball out wide to Diego Valeri, whose cross from the right was tapped home by Mattocks at the near post.

And just like that, it was 2-0 Timbers.

The ‘Caps did not go away lightly, however. It was all Vancouver early in the second half, and they got their reward just before the hour-mark. Montero pulled the ‘Caps within one on a 59th-minute penalty after Bolaños was pulled down by Timbers right back Alvas Powell. Timbers keeper Jeff Attinella made the initial save, but Montero did well to convert his own rebound.

Montero nearly added a second in the 76th minute.

After a receiving a feed from Bolaños on the left side of the box, the Colombian cut back and just missed the top right corner with what would have been a spectacular chipped effort.

The ‘Caps continued to pour on the pressure in the dying stages but simply couldn’t find an equalizer. It was an encouraging road outing for the ‘Caps, who outshot the Timbers 16-11 and controlled large parts of the match.

And they will be hoping to build on it a week from today when they visit Montreal Impact in the second match of their season-long four-match road trip (12 p.m. PT on CTV).


Budweiser Man of the Match: Matias Laba
Referee: Chris Penso

Scoring Summary
18′ – POR – Darlington Nagbe (David Guzman)
40′ – POR – Darren Mattocks (Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe)
59′ – VAN – Fredy Montero

Possession: Portland 52.2% – Vancouver 47.8%
Shots: Portland 11 – Vancouver 16
Shots on Goal: Portland 3 – Vancouver 4
Saves: Portland 3 – Vancouver 1
Fouls: Portland 14 – Vancouver 16
Offsides: Portland 1 – Vancouver 0
Corners: Portland 4 – Vancouver 4

42′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson
64′ – VAN – Jordan Harvey
68′ – POR – Liam Ridgewell
85′ – VAN – Sheanon Williams
90′ + 4′ – POR – Jack Barmby

Portland Timbers
1.Jeff Attinella; 2.Alvas Powell, 13.Lawrence Olum, 24.Liam Ridgewell ©, 5.Vytas Andriuskevicius; 20.David Guzman, 21.Diego Chara; 27.Dairon Asprilla (10.Sebastian Blanco 77′), 8.Diego Valeri (23.Jack Barmby 80′), 6.Darlington Nagbe; 11.Darren Mattocks

Substitutes not used
43.Kendall McIntosh, 4.Chance Myers, 7.Roy Miller, 18.Amobi Okugo, 32.Marco Farfan

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 8.Andrew Jacobson (11.Nicolás Mezquida 77′), 15.Matías Laba, 16.Tony Tchani (47.Kyle Greig 88′); 13.Cristian Techera (67.Alphonso Davies 74′), 12.Fredy Montero, 7.Christian Bolaños

Substitutes not used
18.Spencer Richey, 22.Christian Dean, 31.Russell Teibert, 77.Mauro Rosales




Montero double against former club give ‘caps the win

Late Sounders goal made for nervy finish; Vancouver hangs on.


By Todd May


BC Place – Vancouver, BC

In the first match of this years 2017 Cascadia Cup, Vancouver battled to a hard-fought and professional victory over Seattle Sounders which saw Fredy Montero bag a pair of goals against his old side.

The game started off with both teams cautious not to concede the first goal as they played out a particularly restrained first 15 minutes.

Sounders striker Clint Dempsey was the first to make an impression on a slow start nearly catching keeper David Ousted off his line from all of 40 yards out. Only the crossbar spared the Danishman’s blushes with the scoreline remaining goalless heading into the break.

Both teams were looking for a better second half performance after a disappointing opening 45 minutes. Seattle got the ball rolling with the first two efforts, one near post shot from Dempsey saved by Ousted, and a second from Lodeiro who turned Sheanon Williams inside out before having his tame effort saved once more.

Despite the confident restart, it was Vancouver managed to get the opening goal of the night. Fredy Montero was alert to a whipped in Techera cross and glanced his header past the reach of Stefan Frei.

The former Seattle forward added insult to injury by bagging his second of the night securing the three points for his new club with just 10 minutes left. Captain Kendall Waston rose highest to flick on a Bolanos outswinging corner and Montero was ready and waiting to poke the ball into the goal from close range.

It was a mixed set of emotions for the Colombian as he opted not to celebrate once more out of respect to his former employers.

With just a couple of minutes left on the clock, the home fans were in for a tense finish as the guests grabbed a late consolation goal in Will Bruin. A clever near post run gave the second half sub room to flick home a near post cross.

Seattle nearly managed to snatch a winner at the death. With the last kick of the game, Dempsey hooked a hopeful effort at goal that needed Waston’s intervention as the big man cleared off the line in order to hang on to all three points.

In what some would probably consider a quiet rivalry match in contrast to previous seasons, Vancouver came away unscathed, and with another victory in the bag as they look to push on with a good run of form to get themselves up the table.

Vancouver travel down the I-5 for their next match again in the Cascadia Cup as they face Portland at Providence Park Saturday, April 22.


Budweiser Man of the Match: Fredy Montero
Referee: Kevin Stott
Attendance: 22,120

Scoring Summary
65′ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Cristian Techera)
80′ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Kendall Waston, Christian Bolaños)
89′ – SEA – Will Bruin (Nicolas Lodeiro)

Vancouver 38.2% – Seattle 61.8%
Shots: Vancouver 11 – Seattle 15
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 3 – Seattle 7
Saves: Vancouver 5 – Seattle 1
Fouls: Vancouver 13 – Seattle 10
Offsides: Vancouver 3 – Seattle 2
Corners: Vancouver 2 – Seattle 10

27′ – VAN – Sheanon Williams
37′ – SEA – Nicolas Lodeiro
44′ – SEA – Harry Shipp
53′ – VAN – Fredy Montero
90’+3’ – VAN – Tim Parker

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 31.Russell Teibert; 67.Alphonso Davies (11.Nicolás Mezquida 76’), 7.Christian Bolaños, 13.Cristian Techera (77.Mauro Rosales 86’); 12.Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 16.Tony Tchani, 17.Marcel de Jong, 47.Kyle Greig

Seattle Sounders FC
24.Stefan Frei, 91.Oniel Fisher (23.Henry Wingo 78’), 4.Gustav Svensson, 14.Chad Marshall, 33.Joevin Jones; 6.Osvaldo Alonso ©, 7.Cristian Roldan; 10.Nicolas Lodeiro, 2.Clint Dempsey, 19.Harry Shipp (17.Will Bruin 68’); 13.Jordan Morris

Substitutes not used
35.Bryan Meredith, 8.Alvaro Fernandez, 12.Seyi Adekoya, 15.Tony Alfaro, 21.Jordy Delem


Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

Whitecaps FC fall 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in snowy affair at Rio Tinto

SANDY, UTAH – Albert Rusnak tallied a goal and two assists in the second half to give Real Salt Lake (1W-3L-2D) their first win of the season, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1W-3L-1D) 3-0 on a snowy Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Rusnak opened the scoring in the 54th minute, before setting up Luke Mulholland and Yura Movsisyan as Salt Lake won their first match under new head coach Mike Petke.

The spirited surge from Salt Lake was too much for the ‘Caps to overcome, as Vancouver wrapped up a busy week that saw them play three matches in eight days.

  • Battling a hectic slate, an injury bug, plus the elements on the evening, head coach Carl Robinson made six changes to his lineup from Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinal match versus Tigres UANL, and introduced a 3-5-2 formation for the first time.

Salt Lake looked to take the early advantage but Ecuadorian forward Joao Plata came up empty on three good looks in the first 25 minutes. On the other end, the ‘Caps tried to counter with Jake Nerwinski and Marcel de Jong attacking on the flanks to feed Fredy Montero up top, but the visitors were stopped each time.

The RSL attack went full-on with the pressure late in the opening frame. First, Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted got in front of a skipping attempt from Rusnak in the 39th minute. Then Movsisyan and Mulholland each were off target in a pair of clean chances just before the halftime whistle, sending the two teams into intermission scoreless, but perhaps giving a glimpse of what was to come in the second half.

Snow continued to come down through halftime and for the rest of the fixture. The tricky playing surface did not prevent RSL from opening the scoring in the 54th minute, however. Starting with a long Plata throughball, Rusnak darted into the Vancouver box then stopped on a dime, before calmly slipping a shot through traffic into the bottom left corner. The goal was the first in MLS play for the Czech newcomer.

Salt Lake doubled their advantage in similar fashion in the 74th minute, this time with Rusnak’s long ball as the provider, and Movsisyan finishing from around the same spot, putting one past Ousted’s fingertips and finding the inside of the far right post.

Mulholland put the match on ice just four minutes later. Ousted got a slight touch on Rusnak’s corner from the right side, but Mulholland was ready for a left-footed volley right on the edge of the six-yard box for the final tally.

Whitecaps FC now head home for next Friday’s date with Seattle Sounders FC, the first of two consecutive Cascadia Cup matches for Vancouver. Kickoff at BC Place is at 7 p.m.


Budweiser Man of the Match: Jake Nerwinski
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 17,069

Scoring Summary
54′ – RSL – Albert Rusnak (Joao Plata)
74′ – RSL – Yura Movsisyan (Albert Rusnak)
78′ – RSL – Luke Mulholland (Albert Rusnak)

Salt Lake 52.3% – Vancouver 47.7%
Shots: Salt Lake 19 – Vancouver 14
Shots on Goal: Salt Lake 6 – Vancouver 3
Saves: Salt Lake 3 – Vancouver 3
Fouls: Salt Lake 13 – Vancouver 9
Offsides: Salt Lake 2 – Vancouver 0
Corners: Salt Lake 12 – Vancouver 5

29′ – VAN – Matías Laba
40′ – RSL – Chris Schuler
42′ – RSL – Kyle Beckerman

Real Salt Lake
18.Nick Rimando; 16.Chris Wingert, 25.Danilo Acosta, 28.Chris Schuler, 17.Demar Phillips; 11.Albert Rusnak, 5.Kyle Beckerman © (12.Omar Holness 89′), 19.Luke Mulholland; 27.Brooks Lennon, 14.Yura Movsisyan (20.Luis Silva 81′), 10.Joao Plata (23.Sebastian Saucedo 61′)

Substitutes not used
24.Matt VanOekel, 3.Reagan Dunk, 6.Justin Schmidt, 22.Ricardo Velazco

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 26.Tim Parker, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 22.Christian Dean (13.Cristian Techera 59′); 28.Jake Nerwinski, 16.Tony Tchani (77.Mauro Rosales 59′), 15.Matías Laba (8.Andrew Jacobson 78′), 31.Russell Teibert, 17.Marcel de Jong; 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 12.Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 25.Sheanon Williams, 32.Marco Bustos, 47.Kyle Greig




Todd May

BC Place – Vancouver, BC

Brek Shea got Vancouver off to a flying start inside the opening minutes scoring his sides first goal of the tie to give them a glimmer of hope in their quest of reaching their first ever CONCACAF Champions League Final. Cristian Techera got down the left side putting in a cross that the Tigres keeper mishandled. The ball fell kindly for Shea who kept his nerve and smashed into a gaping goal from 10 yards out to make the score 1-0 after just 2 minutes.

The goal didn’t appear to unsettle the visitors who carried a 2-0 lead into this tie, and they duly found their stride within minutes of the goal. Chilean international Eduardo Vargas began pulling the strings in the middle getting on the ball and knocking it around with consummate ease as they looked to protect their lead. The playmaker found himself with too much space just outside the box and unleashed a whipping effort that just evaded the far post.

The rest of the first half carried on like a chess match with both teams playing the majority of their football in the middle third and not too many chances being created.

As the whistle went for the half time interval, Vancouver were in a great position knowing that just one more goal would take them to extra time and give them confidence and momentum to turn the tie around. Tigres on the other hand looked comfortable in possession despite just a marginal lead over their hosts.

Christian Bolanos who had been lively throughout the first half nearly got his side the perfect start inside 30 seconds after the break. Nahuel Guzman was forced into a near post save preserving his sides aggregate goal advantage.

Then a moment of magic came that you only really see from those players who have ‘been there and done it’. French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac who had been somewhat quiet in the first hour of play, got his side the insurance goal that will fill highlight reels for the next month. With Tigres growing in confidence and territorial presence inside the Whitecaps half, Gignac found space and released a 25 yard screamer bending his shot into the top corner leaving David Ousted utterly helpless. It was a piece of magic worthy of winning any game, and on this night it was the away goal secured his teams progression into the Final.

Despite the aggregate lead, Tigres continued pushing forward in numbers countering at break neck speed with precision, verve and ease. David Ousted was forced into more work that he most likely didn’t appreciate giving the circumstances. His fine double save with 15 minutes left just about kept his side within touching distance, but that’s ultimately all it was.

Tigres continued to be dominant in possession creating numerous chances peppering the home goal with shots many of which should have resulted in goals.

Second half sub Damian did manage to finally wrap the game up with six minutes left as good build up lead to a ball being cut back to 15 yards out which left the midfielder with nothing more to do than tuck the ball into the net and give his side the 2-1 lead.

Whitecaps were at two and eights with themselves and Tigres in their natural state looked to pounce on that insecurity even further. If it wasn’t for a fast turf field, the visitors could have added a third just before the final whistle as Gignac ran a full 40 yards unopposed with the ball then split the defence with a cute slide rule pass in behind. Jesus Duenas rounded the keeper but the resulting angle was too tight and the third goal continued to elude them.

The final whistle went signaling the end of a beautiful run that many could not have envisioned the Whitecaps embarking on. It was a tough loss to take but one that can be taken on the chin knowing it wasn’t luck that beat them, just simply a better team.

It really was a fine display of counter attacking football from Tigres who showed why they fully deserve their spot in the final vs fellow Mexican side Pachuca.

Vancouver will need to quickly switch their focus back to MLS play as they will look to build on a strong victory at the weekend as they face Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday April 8, 630PM PT.


Referee: Javier Santos Escobar
Attendance: 16,258

Scoring Summary
3’ – VAN – Brek Shea
63’ – TIG – André-Pierre Gignac (Javier Aquino)
84’ – TIG – Damián Álvarez (Javier Aquino, Lucas Zelarayán)

Possession: Vancouver 42.8% – Tigres 57.2%
Shots: Vancouver 3 – Tigres 17
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 2 – Tigres 7
Saves: Vancouver 5 – Tigres 1
Fouls: Vancouver 14 – Tigres 8
Offsides: Vancouver 3 – Tigres 4
Corners: Vancouver 2 – Tigres 4

43’ – VAN – Matias Laba

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams (47.Kyle Greig 78’), 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 8.Andrew Jacobson (16.Tony Tchani 61’), 15.Matías Laba; 13.Cristian Techera, 7.Christian Bolaños, 20.Brek Shea (67.Alphonso Davies 10’); 12.Fredy Montero

Tigres UANL
1.Nahuel Guzmán; 28.Luis Rodríguez, 4.Hugo Ayala, 3.Juninho © (21.Francisco Meza 86’), 6.Jorge Torres Nilo; 18.Ismael Sosa (11.Damián Álvarez 83’), 29.Jesús Dueñas, 19.Guido Pizarro, 20.Javier Aquino; 26.Eduardo Vargas (8.Lucas Zelarayán 78’), 10.André-Pierre Gignac




Todd May


In front of a large home crowd, the Whitecaps kept their fans on the edge of their seats for much of the 90 minutes before emerging victorious over their Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy

It turned out to be quite a lively afternoon with the lead switching hands multiple times in short spaces of time before the home side came out on top as they went in search of their first MLS victory since July 13 of last year.

The game started off brightly with the usual livewire suspects looking to cause some mayhem down both flanks. Cristian Techera garnered with the first real chance of the game cutting in from the right and smashing a shot from a tight angle which the keeper was alert to producing a smar save. The deadlock didn’t take long to be broken as a long ball over the top by Williams intended for Techera was completely misjudged by the keeper outside of his area. Techera nipped in ahead of the sprawling Clement Diop and rolled the ball in from 25 yards out.

A moment of controversy got the crowd of their seats once more as Davies bursts at the back line is tripped quiet clearly by Van Damme inside the box, but the referee had no hesitation to wave away any protests. Everyone in the stadium thought a penalty was about to be awarded except for the one person who mattered, nevertheless it remained 1-0 and no penalty.

Within just a few minutes, down the other end Romain Alessandrini ran at Jordan Harvey turning him inside and out before unleashing a fierce near post drive. The ball cannoned off the post onto Ousted’s back and head before crossing the line and finally being bundling it into the back of the net. The goal goes down as an own goal as it crossed the line before Jack McBean could get to it.

Less than 5 minutes later, Alessandrini was once again involved converting a brilliant goal from the top of the box past a hapless David Ousted. Emmanuel Boateng got free down the left side and cut the ball back to the top of the box, Alessandrini did not have to break stride and tucked his neatly placed effort into the bottom corner to hand his side the lead.

Boateng nearly added a goal of his own in the 35th minute as a low corner was not cleared properly by the Whitecaps defence. The ball rolled kindly to the feet of the diminutive winger who was waiting 25 yards out in front of goal, Boateng took one touch to set himself and curled a delightful effort just wide of the far post with Ousted scrambling across his goal.

Eric Hurtado was tasked with leading the line and he managed to break the offside trap when a change of tactics saw Galaxy hold a dangerously high line in defence. Diop came charging out to clear the danger but got both man and ball failing to connect properly with either, the ball fell to Davies 40 yards out but he elected not to shoot into an empty goal first time. Galaxy’s defenders got back into position to cover the empty goal in which time Davies found Techera alone 15 yards out from goal, the winger panicked under the pressure and slashed his effort wide of the goal right before the half time whistle was blown.

Experienced LA midfielder Jermaine Jones missed a glorious chance to extend the lead just before the hour mark. In identical fashion to their second goal, the movement was exceptional this time Ashley Cole getting forward to the byline cutting it back to the same spot as Alessandrini converted, only Jones watched his effort blaze harmlessly wide of the target.

Whitecaps centre-back Tim Parker missed a great chance just a minute after the Jones chance heading wide from a corner when he really should have at least challenged the keeper.

Aphonso Davies continued to cause danger and this time his perseverance paid off as he found an unmarked Techera at the back post, he cut onto his weaker right foot for his strike at goal was saved, the rebound falls to Fredy Montero who quickly controls and pokes home right in front of goal to grab his side a deserved equalizer.

Just a minute later, Montero turns from scorer to provider setting up Laba who needed no second invitation to shoot. The Argentinean took one touch and smashed home into the bottom corner from 18 yards out to give his side a 3-2 lead.

Matias Laba got himself his brace with five minutes left and settled the game in the heading in from close range after another good Whitecaps move. Half-time substitute Fredy Montero took his chance shooting across goal forcing Diop into another save that was parried directly into Laba’s path. The midfielder headed home the easiest goal he will score all season securing a 4-2 win for Vancouver.

After a bumbling start, Vancouver finally looked at the races, particularly in the second half. Manager Carl Robinson said he was happy with his side’s first half performance despite being down a goal and was proud of his teams come back against a good LA team.

Up next is possibly the biggest match in Vancouver Whitecaps history as they face a strong Tigres team in the CONCACAF Champions League semi final second leg where they will have to overcome a 2 goal deficit and no away goal. BC Place will once again play host on Wednesday 5 April @7PM PT.


Budweiser Man of the Match: Matías Laba
Referee: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 25,083

Scoring Summary
19′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Sheanon Williams)
26′ – LA – Romain Alessandrini (Jermaine Jones)
30′ – LA – Romain Alessandrini (Emmanuel Boateng, Jack McBean)
66′ – VAN – Fredy Montero
67′ – VAN – Matías Laba (Fredy Montero)
87′ – VAN – Matías Laba

Vancouver 46.2% – LA 53.8%
Shots: Vancouver 16 – LA 15
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 10 – LA 2
Saves: Vancouver 0 – LA 5
Fouls: Vancouver 14 – LA 7
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – LA 1
Corners: Vancouver 7 – LA 8

60′ – LA – Jack McBean
77′ – LA – Jermaine Jones
80′ – VAN – Fredy Montero

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey (17.Marcel de Jong 90’+2’); 8.Andrew Jacobson (16.Tony Tchani 64‘), 15.Matías Laba; 67.Alphonso Davies, 7.Christian Bolaños, 13.Cristian Techera; 19.Erik Hurtado (12.Fredy Montero HT)

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 22.Christian Dean, 31.Russell Teibert

LA Galaxy
31.Clément Diop; 16.Nathan Smith, 5.Daniel Steres, 37.Jelle Van Damme ©, 3.Ashley Cole (4.Dave Romney 82’); 13.Jermaine Jones, 7.Romain Alessandrini; 24.Emmanuel Boateng (38.Bradford Jamieson 79‘), 10.Giovani dos Santos, 8.Joao Pedro; 32.Jack McBean (11.Gyasi Zardes 67‘)


Report courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

10-men ‘Caps fall 2-0 to Toronto at BC Place

VANCOUVER, BC – Toronto FC scored twice in the span of five minutes late in the second half en route to a 2-0 win over 10-men Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday afternoon at BC Place.
Victor Vazquez and Jozy Altidore provided the scoring for Toronto FC in the 76th and 80th minutes after Brek Shea was sent off for a pair of yellows just a few minutes prior. As Carl Robinson said after the match, Shea’s sending off was the “turning point” in the game.
Unfortunately for the home crowd of 20,438, it went in the direction of the visitors.
Robinson made three changes to his lineup after Tuesday night’s Champions League affair in Mexico. In midfield, Russell Teibert and Nicolas Mezquida replaced Andrew Jacobson and Marcel de Jong. But most notably, goalkeeper Spencer Richey got the nod in place of the suspended David Ousted (red card) to make his Major League Soccer debut.
Richey wasn’t really tested in the first half against a Toronto FC side that was missing striker Sebastian Giovinco (leg contusion) – Vancouver’s centre back pairing of Kendall Waston and Tim Parker managed to clear anything that came into the area. And neither was Reds keeper Alex Bono. It was a cagey opening 45 minutes with little space either way.
Both sides did have shouts for penalties, but neither were called. Toronto’s best chance came off a Michael Bradley free kick that Nick Hagglund headed wide at the back post, while Whitecaps FC striker Fredy Montero came close on a blocked Bono clearance that nearly deflected into the goal.

Robinson subbed on Christian Bolaños at halftime – and the complexion of the match changed entirely. The Costa Rican midfielder immediately injected some creativity into Vancouver’s attack, as the ‘Caps began to threaten.
But then, after Richey made a diving right-palm save on a curling Justin Morrow strike, the game changed again when Whitecaps FC winger Shea was sent off for a pair of yellow cards – one for a foul on Hagglund and then another for dissent.
The rest is history.
Toronto opened the scoring in the 76th minute through Vazquez, who finished with a header from the edge of the six after Altidore knocked down a Raheem Edwards cross. And then, four minutes later, Altidore doubled Toronto’s advantage with a nice little turn and finish inside the box.
As is often the case with these Canadian rivals, things got heated towards the end of the game with some feisty play in midfield between the likes of Bradley and Matias Laba.
In the end, the two goals against were too much for the 10-men ‘Caps to overcome.

Whitecaps FC return to action on Saturday, April 1 vs. LA Galaxy following a weekend off for the FIFA international window. They will then look to overturn a two-goal deficit on April 5 vs. reigning Mexican champions Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Tickets for both matches are still available at whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

For every ‘Caps corner kick at home, McMillan donates $100 to the United Way. An additional $500 is donated for every goal scored off a corner kick. This match McMillan Corners for Kids has donated $300 for a running total of $500.

Budweiser Man of the Match: Tim Parker
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Attendance: 20,438

Scoring Summary
76′ – TOR – Victor Vazquez (Jozy Altidore, Raheem Edwards)
80′ – TOR – Jozy Altidore (Jonathan Osorio)

Possession: Vancouver 42.1 % – Toronto 57.9 %
Shots: Vancouver 8 – Toronto 10
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 1 – Toronto 3
Saves: Vancouver 1 – Toronto 1
Fouls: Vancouver 11 – Toronto 14
Offsides: Vancouver 6 – Toronto 1
Corners: Vancouver 3 – Toronto 7

70′ – VAN – Brek Shea
70′ – VAN – Brek Shea
87′ – TOR – Michael Bradley

70′ – VAN – Brek Shea

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18.Spencer Richey; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 31.Russell Teibert; 67.Alphonso Davies (7.Christian Bolaños HT), 11.Nicolás Mezquida (23.Kekuta Manneh 74′), 20.Brek Shea; 12.Fredy Montero (19.Erik Hurtado 74′)

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 13.Cristian Techera, 17.Marcel de Jong

Toronto FC
25.Alex Bono; 15.Eriq Zavaleta, 3.Drew Moor, 6.Nick Hagglund (44.Raheem Edwards 75′); 23.Steven Beitashour, 31.Armando Cooper (7.Victor Vasquez 64′), 4.Michael Bradley ©, 21.Jonathan Osorio, 2.Justin Morrow; 10.Tosaint Ricketts (23.Chris Mavinga 81′), 17.Jozy Altidore

Substitutes not used
1.Clint Irwin, 14.Jay Chapman, 18.Marco Delgado, 22.Jordan Hamilton


Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

‘Caps, Union draw in MLS season opener

VANCOUVER, BC – Three days after making history in the CONCACAF Champions League, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played to a scoreless draw with Philadelphia Union on Sunday night in their Major League Soccer regular season opener at BC Place.
It was a composed defensive performance from the ‘Caps, who will be happy to have kept a clean sheet in their second straight outing. At the other end of the park, the Union proved difficult to break down despite some more sizzle from 16-year-old Alphonso Davies, who wowed the crowd of 19,083 with some exciting runs down the flanks.
Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson freshened his lineup with five changes after Thursday’s historic Champions League win over New York Red Bulls.
Notably, centre back Christian Dean drew into the lineup in place of the suspended Kendall Waston, making his first MLS appearance since August 2015 after missing all of last season due to injury. And Dean did not put a foot wrong, earning Budweiser Man of the Match honours.Newcomer Sheanon Williams also replaced Jake Nerwinski at right back to make his Whitecaps FC MLS debut – against one of his former teams, no less.
The new-look ‘Caps back line, which also featured Tim Parker and Jordan Harvey, looked solid from the get go. Aside from a Fabinho cross from the left that Harvey cleared at the back post in the 16th minute, Philly didn’t have much of a sniff in a cagey opening frame.

Vancouver looked a little more dangerous at the other end of the park, with Davies flying up and down the left flank. Davies, in fact, helped set up the best chance of the first half in the 25th minute. The 16-year-old cut in from the left and picked out Cristian Techera, who played a quick one-two with Erik Hurtado before firing a low strike wide from the centre of the box.
The Union had a couple breaks early in the second half, but Whitecaps FC came closest to breaking the deadlock on a 66th-minute corner. Techera provided the service from the left and Harvey connected on a volley at the penalty spot, but Union right back Keegan Rosenberry kept the score level with a superb goalline block.
Robinson brought on newcomers Brek Shea and Fredy Montero just before the hour-mark, and Nicolas Mezquida a little later, as the ‘Caps pushed for a late winner. But it was not to be.
Next up for Whitecaps FC is a trip to San Jose for their first road match of the 2017 MLS regular season next Saturday at Avaya Stadium (7 p.m. PT – TSN 1/3 and TSN 1410 radio). The ‘Caps will then make the trip to Monterrey, Mexico for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals vs. Tigres UANL on Tuesday, March 15.

For every ‘Caps corner kick at home, McMillan donates $100 to the United Way. An additional $500 is donated for every goal scored off a corner kick. This match McMillan Corners for Kids has donated $200.

Budweiser Man of the Match: Christian Dean
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 19,083

Scoring Summary

Possession: Vancouver 45.4 % – Philadelphia 54.6%
Shots: Vancouver 12 – Philadelphia 7
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 1 – Philadelphia 5
Saves: Vancouver 5 – Philadelphia 0
Fouls: Vancouver 9 – Philadelphia 12
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – Philadelphia 1
Corners: Vancouver 2 – Philadelphia 3

55′ – VAN – Matias Laba
80′ – PHI – Fabian Herbers

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 26.Tim Parker, 22.Christian Dean 2.Jordan Harvey ©; 13.Cristian Techera (11.Nicolás Mezquida 77′), 15.Matías Laba, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 67.Alphonso Davies; 23.Kekuta Manneh (12.Fredy Montero 59′), 19.Erik Hurtado (20.Brek Shea 59′)

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 28.Jake Nerwinski, 31.Russell Teibert, 77.Mauro Rosales

Philadelphia Union
18.Andre Blake; 12.Keegan Rosenberry, 5.Oguchi Onyewu, 16.Richie Marquez, 33.Fabinho; 6.Haris Medunjanin, 21.Derrick Jones; 14.Fabian Herbers, 11.Alejandro Bedoya ©, 13.Chris Pontius (22.Fabrice-Jean Picault 71′); 27.Jay Simpson (17.C.J. Sapong 61′)

Substitutes not used
23.John McCarthy, 2.Warren Creavalle, 4.Ken Tribbett, 10.Roland Alberg, 28.Raymon Gaddis



By Todd May

The first leg of this CONCACAF Champions League encounter saw a well-earned 1-1 away draw for the Whitecaps at Red Bull Arena, NJ. So a shut vs NYRB out, or outscore them at home in the second leg, and Vancouver would progress to the semi-final against Tigres. An MLS team has never won the continents most coveted trophy and Vancouver will look to change that.

Vancouver prized the door open to the next round as early as the fifth minute when Alphonso Davies scored his first of the season giving the home side the early lead.

Marcel de Jong swung a cross in from the left which was neither latched onto, nor defended properly. The ball dropped kindly for the near post run of Davies who was able to bundle it home from just 6 yards out.

The youngster wasn’t done there as Davies continued to be the main attacking threat in the game. Breaking from deep, he started his sides sharp counter attack sending Kekuta Manneh down the wing. The forward dribbled at goal before unleashing a unconventional toe poke shot at goal forcing keeper Luis Robles into a smart save.

NYRB finally started to turn the screw and find a way back into the match but were foiled by the home side’s keeper who was in fine form. Ousted was forced into a clever save just before half time when he beat Red Bulls striker Wright-Phillips to the ball just yards from his goal.

The second half started much the way the first finished with Red Bull gaining confidence with every stride and beginning to look like a genuine threat. Ousted was once again forced into action more than he would have liked tipping a looping effort over his crossbar to preserve his teams frail lead.

Brek Shea got his first sight of goal after an hour when Manneh laid on an inch perfect cross right into his path, the lanky makeshift forward could do no better than smash the close range effort into Row Z leaving the match still in the balance.

The eagerly awaited introduction of new signing and Designated Player Fredy Montero was put into fast forward as injuries and suspension meant the unfit striker was brought into the squad rather prematurely. The popular striker was brought on with 25 minutes left and couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Whitecaps career.

It took just one touch to open his account for his new side as a scuffed Davies corner was not cleared properly. The Colombian was in the right place at the right time as the ball fell perfectly for Montero to blast in unchallenged from only 12 yards out.

It took the aggregate score to 3-1 and put the game beyond reach of their rival MLS side meaning progression to the semi final was ensured for Vancouver.

The first leg will be played in Mexico hosted by MX league Champions Tigres in the middle of March, before a return home leg two weeks later to decide the outcome of the tie for the 2017 Champions League Final

Vancouver begin their 2017 MLS campaign on Sunday night hosting Philadelphia Union at BC Place @6:30PM PST.


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