All games on the final day of the season were to be played concurrently setting up for a spectacular end to the regular season. BC Place played host to the season ender in what has been a particularly disappointing year for Carl Robinson and his troops, but it didn’t stop them putting in a performance that would give the fans hope for next season.

A win for the visitors would ensure progression, and a result worse than Sporting KC would see them eliminated along with their Vancouver rivals.

With no post season to play for, the Whitecaps looked like they had their lives on the line for the entire first half despite Portland still being in contention for play offs.

The home side started brightly, with manager Carl Robinson marching up and down the touchline like an orchestra conductor to his players and they nearly conjured the opening in the first few minutes.

Fans would not have to wait much longer for the breakthrough as right back Fraser Aird managed to etch out a cross deep from the right side that found Giles Barnes at the top of the box. The Jamaican latched onto the low cross smashing into top corner from just inside 18 yards with his left foot for his first ever goal in a Whitecaps shirt.

Timbers were unlucky not to draw level with a quick well constructed response. Former ‘Caps winger Darren Mattocks, this time wearing rival colours, put some good work in down the left flank. His short cross was tapped onto the post bounding back in front of goal. Lucas Melano was waiting with an empty net to tap into but the ball ricocheted off him and back into the grateful arms of David Ousted much to the dismay of the travelling fans.

Vancouver were back in their usual flowy stride creating some good link up play between the front four nearly resulting in a goal, Mezquida was guilty of not hitting the target and could only blaze over from the penalty spot.

Mezquida found his range a little better this time nearly doubling the lead from 25 yards out just minutes later when he hit a low effort narrowly wide of the post.

Giles Barnes was at it again and bagged his second of the night in front of the Southsiders devout fans. The winger dribbled at the defensive line from the left side and delivered a curling disguised effort beyond the keeper into the far post.

It was the ideal start Robinson would have wanted from his men as the first half closed out 2-0 to Vancouver.

A response was needed in the dressing room from Portland but the second half started in quite incredible fashion. Just eight minutes in and Vancouver had extended their lead through captain Pedro Morales. The Chilean picked up a loose clearance on the right side of the penalty box and unleashed a spectacular dipping effort into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless.

The lead was extended further before the announcer could even manage to finish Pedro’s scoring chant. Mezquida made it 4-0 with a neat little finish cutting in from the right and slipping it under the keeper. A clipped ball over the top for Mezquida was enough for him to cut in and finish. The goal resulted in an eruption of applause from the fans who had been waiting for a performance like this all season.

Mattocks was nearly able to restore a sense of pride after clever footwork that should have resulted in a goal, but after blowing past three opponents the effort was tame and disappointingly rolled softly into Ousted’s arms.

Portland did manage to get on the score sheet when Jordan Harvey clipped his man resulting in a penalty to the visitors. Diego Valeri stepped up and calmly dispatched his shot to knick a goal back.
The race was on for the Cascadia Cup with all teams positioned on nine points and Whitecaps now ahead by just a single goal difference, the final 15 minutes would be exceptionally important with the added incentive of possibly adding some silverware to the trophy cabinet on the back of a disappointing season.

The Whitecaps would see out the final minutes without incident delivering their fans a small piece of solitary joy for months of solid turn out and little reward.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Giles Barnes
Referee: Alan Kelly
Attendance: 24,083

Scoring Summary
13′ – VAN – Giles Barnes
32′ – VAN – Giles Barnes
54′ – VAN – Pedro Morales
55′ – VAN – Nicolas Mezquida (Christian Bolanos)
72′ – POR – Diego Valeri (penalty kick)

Possession: Vancouver 46.8% – Portland 53.2%
Shots: Vancouver 17 – Portland 17
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 7 – Portland 3
Saves: Vancouver 2 – Portland 3
Fouls: Vancouver 9 – Portland 12
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – Portland 4
Corners: Vancouver 8 – Portland 5

26′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
37′ – POR – Fanendo Adi
54′ – VAN – Pedro Morales

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 8.Fraser Aird, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 77.Pedro Morales, 15.Matías Laba; 7.Christian Bolaños (27.Blas Pérez 87′), 11.Nicolás Mezquida (17.Andrew Jacobson 74′), 28.Giles Barnes (46.Brett Levis 84′); 19.Erik Hurtado

Portland Timbers
90.Jake Gleeson; 2.Alvas Powell, 27.Steven Taylor, 4.Jermaine Taylor (12.Gbenga Arokoyo 67′), 5.Vytas; 13.Jack Jewsbury, 6.Darlington Nagbe; 26.Lucas Melano (23.Jack Barmby HT), 8.Diego Valeri, 22.Darren Mattocks (99.Jack McInerney 82′); 9.Fanendo Adi



CSA General Secretary Peter Monopoly, with Head Coach John Herdman & Captain Christine Sinclair, today made the announcement that ‘Back-to-back’ Bronze medal winning Women’s National Team, will play Mexico at BC Place on February 4th 2017.

Christine Sinclair said that whilst she enjoys playing all across Canada, BC Place is unique and the noise from the crowd is like no other stadium in Canada.

See below for the official story and T-shirts from Canadian Soccer.

Canada’s Women’s National Team returns home for celebration match against Mexico

14 October 2016

Canada’s Women’s National Team will play at home for the first time since capturing bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics when they take on Mexico in an international friendly in Vancouver 4 February 2017 at BC Place.

The match will be a celebratory homecoming for Canada’s soccer heroes, after they became the first team in over a hundred years to repeat a podium finish at a summer Olympics. Having won all but one of its games at the Rio Olympics, Canada has rose in international rankings to fourth overall in the world.

“Playing at home is incredibly important to us and we are looking forward to sharing this moment with our family – our fans – who have been with us all along this journey,” said Captain Christine Sinclair. “Bringing home this bronze medal and sharing it with the people who believed in us and helped us believe in ourselves means a lot.”

Sinclair, who netted the bronze medal winning goal in her 250th international appearance at the Rio Olympics, made the announcement of the match with Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli in Vancouver and Head Coach John Herdman.

“This team is like a family and this match will be about welcoming them home and celebrating a really massive achievement,” said Montopoli. “We will be honouring the members of our bronze medal team, but also all the players and staff who have worked tirelessly for our women’s program over the years. This is really a family, together with our dedicated fans, and we wanted to come back to Vancouver and honour that wonderful bond.”

February’s match will be Canada’s Women’s National Team’s first time back at BC Place since placing sixth at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

“Over 54,000 people came out to see this Canada take on England in 2015 at BC Place,” added Montopoli. “We are really excited to return to Vancouver, where many of our players train and call home, and share this celebration of Canadian soccer.”

Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico match will go on sale to the public on Thursday, November 3rd at 10:00PT via Ticketmaster.ca. The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a 24-hour pre-sale for Canada Soccer insiders and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches in Vancouver. Tickets to the match start as low $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans will once again be able to take advantage of a ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections.

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Wednesday, October 19th and running through Monday, October 31st. All group orders received by October 31st will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more will be eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets and for every group ticket purchased prior to October 31st, fans will receive a special Canadian Women’s National Team poster! The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

For complete information visit the group ticket section on canadasoccer.com/tickets.

BC Place Club Seats offer fans a premium match day experience featuring exclusive entrances, in-seat service, larger comfortable seats, exclusive club lounges with a full-service private bar and heightened food offerings, all from some of the best views in the venue. Fans purchasing club seats will receive a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf (retail value of $30) upon arrival to their seats on match day.

Canadian Supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections in the west end of BC Place. Fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.org. Please note that persistent standing will be permitted in these sections.

Visiting supporters will be located in the Southwest corner of BC Place. Fans wishing to sit in these sections should select “Mexican supporters” from the drop-down menu on the Ticketmaster event page.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

#CANWNT Back-to-Back Celebration T-Shirt

In celebration of Canada’s Women’s National Team’s historic back-to-back Olympic Bronze Medals, Canada Soccer and Umbro Canada have introduced a limited edition t-shirt. Fans purchasing tickets to the Canada v Mexico match will have the opportunity to purchase the celebration t-shirt via Ticketmaster.ca at checkout or with their group ticket order, while fans across the country can pick-up their commemorative shirt via the official Canada Soccer store.


With Seattle Sounders working towards securing a play-off spot and currently on a three match winning streak, this Cascadia clash was always going to contain a mix of controversy.

Alphonso Davies continues to cause problems with his speed, particularly playing in front of Manchester United Club scout, and in the 25th minute whilst tussling with Oniel Fisher, was brought down in the box, for Pedro Morales to step up and open the scoring.

It wasn’t all Whitecaps way when Osvaldo Alonso caught onto a Joevin Jones cross, to bury the ball past David Ousted, Sounders draw level after 39 minutes.

Both teams had the measure of each other and all was stale-mate until the 53rd minute when Pedro Morales stupidly catches Cristian Roldan in the side of the head with an outstretched elbow right in front of referee Zalazar, for Vancouver Whitecaps seventh sending off of the season.

81st minute, Brad Evans scores Seattle Sounders match winner from the spot after Jordan Harvey was flagged by the Assistant for handball in the box. Evans didn’t enjoy the evening for much longer when after a tussle with Jacobson on a corner, Evans attempted to headbutt Jacobson again within sight of the referee, both teams would finish the game with 10 men apiece.

Seattle Sounders take home three points with a 2-1 win, to place them in 5th spot in the Western Conference.

Whitecaps have two game to play this season, away to San Jose on October 16th and final game of season on October 23rd against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers.

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alphonso Davies
Referee: Ricardo Zalazar
Attendance: 24,837

25′ – VAN – Pedro Morales (penalty kick)
39′ – SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (Joevin Jones)
81′ – SEA – Brad Evans (penalty kick)

Match Statistics
Possession: Vancouver 44.1% – Seattle 55.9%
Shots: Vancouver 15 – Seattle 11
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 4 – Seattle 6
Saves: Vancouver 4 – Seattle 3
Fouls: Vancouver 14 – Seattle 9
Offsides: Vancouver 1 – Seattle 2
Corners: Vancouver 3 – Seattle 4

32′ – VAN – Giles Barnes
46′ – SEA – Oniel Fisher
80′ – VAN – Blas Perez

Red Cards
53′ – VAN – Pedro Morales
84′ – SEA – Brad Evans

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith (27.Blas Pérez 76′), 18.David Edgar, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba (11.Nicolás Mezquida 82′), 77.Pedro Morales; 67.Alphonso Davies, 7.Christian Bolaños, 28.Giles Barnes (17.Andrew Jacobson 66′); 19.Erik Hurtado

Seattle Sounders FC
24.Stefan Frei; 4.Tyrone Mears, 14.Chad Marshall, 29.Roman Torres, 33.Joevin Jones; 6.Osvaldo Alonso; 21.Alvaro Fernandez (91.Oniel Fisher 9′ 3.Brad Evans 65′), 7.Cristian Roldan, 8.Erik Friberg (16.Nelson Valdez 79′), 9.Herculez Gomez; 13.Jordan Morris.



With hopes of advancing to the MLS Playoffs all but having disappeared, there is a ray of hope for Whitecaps fans tonight as their team have grabbed a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter Finals Playoffs.

With a 4-1 decisive win over Central, Whitecaps used all three substitutes and found themselves finishing the game with 10 men as Ben McKendry had to go off injured after a challenge in the 80th minute.

Whitecaps started the game brightly with an early 11th minute tap in goal by Perez from a Techera pass.

Strong possessive play allowed Whitecaps to continue to control the game and in the 21st minute a through pass from Mesquida to Perez, who was looking for his second goal, forced a challenge from defender Keion Goodridge, which brought down Perez in the penalty box resulting in a penalty call by the Mexican referee.

Techera stepped up and confidently put the ball in the back of the net to put the Whitecaps by 2-0.

Perez continued to play like a man possessed, continually creating problems for the Central defenders and chances for Whitecaps. However, in the 43rd minute and sticking with tradition, Kendall Waston, gave away an unnecessary free kick clearly having pushed the Central player to the ground. Sean De Silva’s text book free kick, easily cleared the wall, sending the ball screaming into the back of Tornagi’s goal. Central were back in the game at 2-1.

Whitecaps clearly in control at the half time, having had nine shots on goal, with possession at 63% and to Central’s 47%.

Early in the second half at 49 minutes, with neither team having used any substitutes, Whitecaps found themselves 3-1 up with a Kudo easy tap in front of goal assisted by Techera.

Central were finding it hard to get out of their own half as Whitecaps had them penned in with Perez doing most of the work and looking for his second goal of the game after Mezquida played a ball in to Techera whose shot was blocked, the ball then falling to Perez’s feet put the ball in the net, unfortunately ruled offside.

Substitutions followed for both teams. Techera then went on to secure his second goal of the match in the 70th minute bringing the game to a 4-1 conclusion.

A good result, although Whitecaps fans may want to keep in mind having advanced to the next round, their group run did not prove too big a challenge as Sporting KC put out a weak team and seemed not to care about this competition and Central F.C. of Trinidad and Tobago, house league is still in its infancy.

Perhaps Whitecaps can carry over some of their enthusiasm from tonight into the game against Sounders on Sunday. One can only hope.



Attendance: 17,038

Referee: Luis Enrique Santander



11′ – VAN – Blas Pérez (Cristian Techera)

22′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (penalty kick)

44 – CEN – Sean De Silva

49′ – VAN – Masato Kudo (Cristian Techera)

70′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Marcel de Jong)



Possession: Vancouver 55% – Central 45%

Shots: Vancouver 16 – Central 3

Shots on Goal: Vancouver 12 – Central 2

Saves: Vancouver 1 – Central 8

Offsides: Vancouver 7 – Central 0

Corners: Vancouver 5 – Central 1



21′ – CEN – Keion Goodridge

65′ – CEN – Leston Paul

69′ – VAN – Fraser Aird


Vancouver Whitecaps FC

70.Paolo Tornaghi; 8.Fraser Aird, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 46.Brett Levis (30.Ben McKendry 64′); 13.Cristian Techera, 17.Andrew Jacobson, 11.Nicolás Mezquida (32.Marco Bustos 64′), 33.Marcel de Jong; 9.Masato Kudo (47.Kyle Greig* 72′), 27.Blas Pérez


Central FC

21.Jan-Michael Williams; 15.Kaydion Gabriel (16.Kadeem Corbin 84′), 5.Keston George, 3.Keion Goodridge, 24.Kevon Villaroel (10.Keron Cummings 52′); 19.Nathaniel Garcia (14.Nicholas Dillon 69′), 6.Leston Paul; 7.Jason Marcano, 11.Darren Mitchell ©, 8.Sean De Silva; 9.Kenwyne Jones


10 Man Vancouver Whitecaps battle back back to claim a much needed point against Colorado Rapids.

After losing against Seattle Sounders last week, Coach Carl Robinson found himself seeking a turn-around to a season rapidly sliding out of reach.

Things looked like they were going to go bad when in the eighth minute, Dominique Badji shot from the edge of the box, put the Rapids one up.

However the ‘Caps managed to hold the scoreline until the 51st minute, when Kendall Waston scored his third of the season, heading in a corner from Christian Bolaños. Six minutes later the game turned when Waston was adjudged to have brought down Dominique Badji inside the box, for which the referee, having decided Waston denied a goal scoring opportunity, sent him off. Shkelzen Gashi had no trouble converting the penalty sending Ousted the wrong way.

The Rapids must have thought that this one was in the bag, but they hadn’t counted on Erik Hurtado (my personal choice for Man of the Match), with his ‘never give up’ attitude, worked hard on the left side, for Barnes to set up Pedro Morales for an easy tap in, to pull the ‘Caps level again.

Not five minutes had passed when the Whitecaps concede a soft free-kick just outside the Penalty Area, Gashi steps up to put it over the wall and past a diving David Ousted for the Rapids to pull ahead for the third time.

Just when it looked like the three points would go to Colorado, in the final minute of time added on, Erik Hurtado got his head onto Jordan Harvey’s deflected cross to tie the game for the third and final time of the night.

For the Whitecaps to make play-offs they are reliant upon too many results being favourable from other teams. Carl Robinson should concentrate his efforts into this Wednesday Champions League Game against Central FC, in the hope that they can get a good draw going into the next round.

Sunday October 2nd at 5:00pm, Whitecaps next home MLS game is the rematch against Cascadia Rivals  Seattle Sounders, always worth watching.

Budweiser Man of the Match: Giles Barnes
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 21,851

Goal Summary
8′ – COL – Dominique Badji (Marlon Hairston, Sam Cronin)
51′ – VAN – Kendall Waston (Christian Bolaños)
57′ – COL – Shkelzen Gashi (Penalty kick)
70′ – VAN – Pedro Morales (Giles Barnes, Erik Hurtado)
75′ – COL – Shkelzen Gashi
90’+3′ – VAN – Erik Hurtado

Possession: Vancouver 48.7% – Colorado 51.3%
Shots: Vancouver 16 – Colorado 10
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 – Colorado 4
Saves: Vancouver 1 – Colorado 3
Fouls: Vancouver 13 – Colorado 12
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Colorado 2
Corners: Vancouver 9 – Colorado 2

Yellow Cards
39′ – COL – Michael AziraEdgar

74′ – VAN – Jordan Harvey

77′ – VAN – Matías Laba
87′ – COL – Dominique Badji

Red Cards
56′ – VAN – Kendall Waston

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith (26.Tim Parker 59′), 18.David Edgar, 4.Kendall Waston, 2.Jordan Harvey; 7.Christian Bolaños (17.Andrew Jacobson 64′), 15.Matías Laba (11.Nicolás Mezquida 84′), 77.Pedro Morales ©, 67.Alphonso Davies; 28.Giles Barnes, 19.Erik Hurtado

Colorado Rapids

1.Tim Howard; 33.Jared Watts, 4.Marc Burch, 44.Axel Sjoberg, 3.Eric Miller; 94.Marlon Hairston (7.Sebastien LeToux 81′), 8.Dillon Powers (10.Marco Pappa 86′); 11.Shkelzen Gashi (5.Mekeil Williams 89′), 22.Michael Azira, 6.Sam Cronin ©; 14.Dominique Badji




On a very windy Saturday in Seattle, Whitecaps and Sounders badly needed a win with both teams outside the playoff zone. Whitecaps started the game slowly when newly signed Sounders Lodeiro took an early chance shot at goal in the 2nd minute.

Hurtado earned Whitecaps their first of only two corners in the game shortly after with some good work down the wing and then followed by a free kick in the 6th minute by Mezquida which was just tipped over the bar after a handball by Sounders.

Both teams worked hard in the midfield and in the 16th minute a great pass to Hurtado from Morales gave the striker the opportunity to chip Sounders goalkeeper Fry who was just able to get a touch on the ball. Another missed opportunity.

Whitecaps looked stretched in the 21st minute as Sounders took advantage of poor defending and whilst under attack, Lodeiro took a wicked curling shot across the left of the park, which left Ousted wrong footed and surely a warning to Whitecaps that Sounders were playing to win.  Sounders continued the attacking play but were unable to convert shots on goal.

A well played ball in by Hurtado for Mezquida’s header in open space just went over the bar.   Soon after, space then immediately opened up on the right wing for Sounders in 26th min and yet another shot by Lodeiro who seemed to have a acres of both time and space.

Both teams had opportunities to score but were unable to finish when it mattered. Lodeiro noticeably having a huge impact in the Sounders team since joining them two weeks ago.

Carl Robinson unhappy at a challenge on Morales in the 35th minute voices his displeasure at the referee who tells him in no uncertain terms to stop. Clearly Robinson’s eviction from the game two weeks ago has made no difference to how he deals with officials. Towards the close of the first half it became apparent that Bolanos seemed afraid to take shots after several opportunities opened up for him. The only contribution by Techera at this point in the game was a yellow card for an unnecessary challenge on Torres in the 38 min.

Morales did not fare any better having lost possession again shortly after, forced Laba to commit a foul on Lodeiro and having been awarded a free kick just outside the box. Lodeiro’s shot was fortunately blocked by the wall. Seattle had 61% of the possession for the first half which clearly evident during the game.

End to end and open play for the second half with Sounders growing ever stronger.   A world class save by Ousted in the 60th minute kept Whitecaps in the game as Meads played a good ball in and a shot across the goal by Swedish Ivanschitz left Whitecaps wrong-footed . Substituting Barnes for Techera, in 61st minute was clearly a good idea as Barnes with a goal scoring opportunity against the run of play, took a shot which hit the post and no one for the follow up means the Sounders had a lucky escape.

Two great saves by Ousted followed keeping them in the game but after such first class goalkeeping, just a few minutes later Ousted fumbled and literally dropped the ball in front of goal thus allowing Sounders to put Whitecaps under more pressure. Whitecaps took the opportunity to bring Davies into the game in the 70th minute for Mezquida. Unfortunately Davies’s first contribution to the game was to give away a free kick and commit a foul resulting in Sounders 11th corner of the game. Whitecaps managed to salvage a second corner in the 76 minute, which did nothing to increase their chances of winning.

Sounders Coach was heard to tell his team to stay focused during this period which they duly did, as moments later a superb curling ball into the box by Lodeiro and a headed goal by Morris in the 80th minute put Sounders firmly in the lead. Perez joined the game (about 15 minutes too late), for Hurtado who looked disappointed when he left the field in the 82nd minute, but made little difference to the game.

A flurry of yellow cards followed for both teams. Another lost opportunity for the Whitecaps to make it to playoffs.

Final score Seattle Sounders 1 – Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Man of the Match: Jordan Morris
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Attendance: 47,111

81′ – SEA – Jordan Morris

Possession: Seattle 62.4% – Vancouver 38.8%
Shots: Seattle 18 – Vancouver 8
Shots on Goal: Seattle 2 – Vancouver 0
Fouls: Vancouver 18 – New York 13
Offsides: Seattle 7 – Vancouver 13
Corners: Seattle 12 – Vancouver 2

38′ – VAN Cristian Techera
90′ – SEA Tyrone Mears
90′ – SEA Nelson Valdez
90+’ – VAN David Edgar

Seattle Sounders FC
24.Stefan Frei; 4. Tyrone Mears; 29. Roman Torres; 14. Chad Marshall; 33. Joevin Jones; 6. Osvaldo Alonso ©; 7. Cristian Roldan; 21 Alvaro Fernandez (16. Nelson Valdez 61′); 10. Nicolas Lodeiro; 23. Andreas Ivanschitz (8. Erik Friberg 71′); 13. Jordan Morris (20. Zach Scott 90+’);

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 2. Jordan Harvey; 4.Kendall Waston; 6.Jordan Smith; 18. David Edgar; 7. Christian Bolanos; 11.Nicolás Mezquida (67 Alphonso Davies 70′); 13.Cristian Techera (28. Giles Barnes 61′); 15.Matías Laba; 77.Pedro Morales ©; 19.Erik Hurtado (27. Blas Perez 90′);

Canada-El Salvador-5912



By Todd May

Spirited performance not enough to salvage slim Russia 2018 World Cup hopes in night of mixed emotions

-Canadian side record 3-1 win in final group qualification match

-Cyle Larin leads the line scoring opening goal and receives MOTM

Chippy affair resulted in red and numerous yellows for both sides


BC Place Vancouver, BC – A little over 20,000 Canadians and El Salvadorians squeezed into the lower bowl of Vancouver’s largest arena to watch the final group match for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualification phase for Russia 2018.

For any chance of qualification to the next round, Canada were in desperate need for a big win on the night whilst also requiring Mexico to beat Honduras by a combined margin of 6 goals from the two matches.

Canada’s match kicked off just ahead of the game in Mexico and got off to a flying start in the opening exchanges albeit extremely fortuitously. A Salvadorian clearance cannoned off the arm of a Canadian midfielder and fell straight at the feet of Larin who was standing no less than 5 yards offside. The big striker took one touch before finishing on the volley to open the scoring in the 11th minute.

With the crowd behind them, the home side were in serious ascendency with chances coming thick and fast. Larin and Tosaint Ricketts were guilty of missing a number of efforts to extend the lead before half time and realistically could have been four or five up in the first 30 minutes. Despite all the pressure on the away goal outshooting the men in white 10-3, the score remained 1-0 at half time.

Meanwhile in the Azteca, Mexico were being held to a 0-0 draw after 45 minutes not helping Canada at this stage of the two contests.

Canada came out in the second half once again all guns a blazing, continuing where they left off in the first 45.

Nik Ledgerwood got himself an early second half goal with a tidy finish in front of goal. Junior Hoillet was under all kinds of pressure just outside the box but still somehow managed to wriggle is way past 3 players before passing off to the open Ledgerwood who made no mistake one-on-one with the keeper.

It looked like things were falling into place as Darwin Ceren was sent off for a crunching tackle leaving his countrymen with just 10 players to battle out the last 30 minutes.

The reduction to 10 men actually seemed to ignite a fire in the visitors spurring them to life finally as they began to create several chances on the counter. El Salvador actually managed to get themselves a goal through some truly shocking, yet somewhat familiar Canadian defending. Nelson Bonilla was composed enough to slip his easy chance under the goalie to get back within touching distance of the men in red.

Multiple questionable substitutions by Canadian Head Coach, Benito Floro, may have just sealed his fate as forwards were replaced by midfielders and a centre-back in a game that was crying out for more goals and more attacking presence given the nature of the circumstances.

Ironically, centre-back David Edgar was one of the incoming subs who went on to bag himself a late cheeky goal in injury time. A little flick beyond the onrushing goalkeeper was enough to make the score 3-1.

Despite a valliant effort from Canada it wasn’t meant to be on the night as the scoreline was not enough to progress. Mexico played out a 0-0 draw meaning the Hondurans qualify for the Hexagonal round in second place.

There were bright sparks throughout the night which would give fans a sign of promise and hope, but managerial changes are going to be needed to push this team and see how far they can truly go.

The final round will begin Nov 7, and last a full year until Nov 2017 where we will finally see who will be representing CONCACAF in the World Cup Russia 2018.



New York Red Bulls visited BC Place still chasing a top playoff spot, three points and a single goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips, puts them in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind local rivals New York City FC.

With a weakened squad, six players on International duty, it was always going to be uphill battle against a New York side unbeaten in nine previous games. The ‘Caps took the game to Red Bulls with a few early chances that Erik Hurtado was unable to convert.

Neither team was able to take full control of the game, partly due to the constant disruption of the flow, by Referee Sorin Stoica, who decided to become part of the game rather than officiate. It didn’t take long for Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson to make his feelings clear and after a earlier warning from the referee, found himself ejected just before half-time.

It took five minutes into the second half for Red Bulls top goal scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips to capitalize onto the ball in the penalty area, for the only goal of the game.

Despite a concerted effort from the ‘Caps, including Ousted coming forward for set pieces, they were unable to break through.

Whitecaps now commence their three match road trip next Saturday in Ohio, against Columbus Crew, Kick-off 3:00pm PT.

Match Statistics
Man of the Match: Fraser Aird
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 22,120

50′ – NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips

Possession: Vancouver 48.7% – New York 51.3%
Shots: Vancouver 12 – New York 13
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 0 – New York 4
Saves: Vancouver 3 – New York 0
Fouls: Vancouver 18 – New York 13
Offsides: Vancouver 3 – New York 1
Corners: Vancouver 6 – New York 4

20′ – NY – Alex Muyl
29′ – VAN – Fraser Aird
60′ – NY – Mike Grella
88′ – NY – Andrew Jacobson

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith (67.Alphonso Davies 79′), 17.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 31.Russell Teibert; 8.Fraser Aird, 77.Pedro Morales © (11.Nicolás Mezquida 66′), 13.Cristian Techera (9.Masato Kudo 79′); 19.Erik Hurtado

New York Red Bulls
31.Luis Robles; 25.Chris Duvall, 23.Ronald Zubar, 78.Aurelien Collin, 15.Sal Zizzo; 11.Dax McCarty © (26.Omer Damari 76′), 27.Sean Davis; 19.Alex Muyl (77.Daniel Royer 66′), 8.Felipe, 13.Mike Grella (30.Gonzalo Veron 89′); 99.Bradley Wright-Phillips.





Two goals from Cristian Techera and a goal by Erik Hurtado put this game out of reach of a less than impressive Sporting Kansas City.

For those of you who had watched the Caps lose 2-0 in Kansas last Saturday, you would easily have noticed the vast differences between the two games; Sporting KC dominated on Saturday, but it was a different performance at BC Place as Vancouver took over this game and made it theirs. The ‘Caps now sit comfortably  on top of their Champions League group with six points – five points clear of both Sporting KC and Central FC.

Coach Carl Robinson made nine changes after Saturday’s defeat and switched to a 4-4-2 formation. Brett Levis, in his first ever game in a Whitecaps shirt, made a quick impression, with some mature tackles. 

Masato Kudo intercepted a poor back pass in the eighth minute, playing wide to Hurtado for a sweet ball into the box, where Techera opened the scoring with a header that keeper Jon Kempin failed to reach. 

Just four minutes later Russell Teibert played a perfectly weighted ball, that left Erik Hurtado with only the keeper to beat, a cheeky lob over Kempin’s head was all it took for the Caps to be 2-0 up.

Techera added a third, his second of the game, running onto a through ball from Matias Laba, to slot past the keeper. 

The ‘Caps next Champions League game will be on September 23rd at Children’s Mercy Park, once again against Sporting KC. A quick turn around to face Central FC on September 28th at BC Place. A win in either of those matches would guarantee Vancouver’s first-ever quarter-final  game in Champions League.

Vancouver Whitecaps next match will be against LA Galaxy on Saturday in Carson, California (7:30 p.m. PT on TSN1 and TSN 1040 radio).

Attendance: 16,383
Referee: Erick Miranda (Mex)

8′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Erik Hurtado)
12′ – VAN – Erik Hurtado (Russell Teibert)
64′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Matias Laba) 

Match Statistics 
Possession: Vancouver 34.2% – Sporting KC 65.8%
Shots: Vancouver 11 – Sporting KC 12
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 7 – Sporting KC 3
Saves: Vancouver 3 – Sporting KC 4
Fouls: Vancouver 22 – Sporting KC 9
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Sporting KC 0
Corners: Vancouver 2 – Sporting KC 8

32′ – VAN – Russell Teibert
39′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
88′ – VAN – Fraser Aird

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
70.Paolo Tornaghi; 6.Jordan Smith, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 46.Brett Levis; 8.Fraser Aird, 15.Matías Laba (17.Andrew Jacobson 90′), 31.Russell Teibert, 13.Cristian Techera (67.Alphonso Davies 76′); 9.Masato Kudo, 19.Erik Hurtado (27.Blas Pérez 68′)

Sporting Kansas City
1.Jon Kempin; 17.Saad Abdul-Salaam, 55.Amer Didic, 4.Kevin Ellis, 24.Ever Alvarado; 6.Paulo Nagamura ©, 93.Soni Mustivar (35.Ualefi 64′), 23.Emmanuel Appiah; 39.Cameron Porter, 9.Diego Rubio, 22.Connor Hallisey



By John May


An unsettled Orlando City visited BC Place tonight, without a win in their last four games and Caretaker coach Bobby Murphy in charge. Before kick-off most would have said that this should have been three points for the Whitecaps, but Orlando City hadn’t read that script.

Orlando City appeared to be playing with renewed flair, relaxed on the ball and in no rush to risk a turnover.

This appeared to pay off when in the 14th minute David Ousted was unable to hold Julio Baptista’s shot, for the visitor’s to chalk their first goal of the night.

Coach Carl Robinson was quoted after the game saying, “I think we have to be happy to take a point, because we didn’t play well”. More a case of Orlando didn’t really let the Whitecaps play.

In the 35th minute after being on the back foot for most of the half, Bolanos received the ball from Jacobson, Bolanos looked dangerous on the ball, managed to get a pass through to Kudo, whose shot Joe Bendik saved, but the rebound came back out at Mezquida to head into the goal, making it 1-1.

It looked like the teams would be going into half-time level, but two minutes before the half the ‘Caps were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Pedro Morales picked out Masato Kudo to score the second header of the game. 2-1 Whitecaps at half-time.

Five minutes into the second half, Cyle Larin leveled the score when he got his head on a Kevin Molino cross.

Orlando continued as they had been all game and draw a weak penalty for Julio Baptista to sky over the bar.

Despite chances from both sides, neither was able to break the deadlock with a third goal.

Orlando’s next game is against Columbus Crew, they must feel that they could take three points from that game.

Whitecaps Play Crystal Palace on Tuesday at BC Place, their next MLS clash is on Saturday July 23rd in Texas against Houston Dynamo.


Budweiser Man of the Match: Masato Kudo

Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Attendance: 22,120



14′ – ORL – Julio Baptista (Luke Boden)

35′ – VAN – Nicolas Mezquida

43′ – VAN – Masato Kudo (Pedro Morales)

50′ – ORL – Cyle Larin (Kevin Molino, Darwin Ceren)


Game statistics

Possession: Vancouver 47.9 % – Orlando 52.1 %

Shots: Vancouver 14 – Orlando 12

Shots on Goal: Vancouver 4 – Orlando 5

Saves: Vancouver 2 – Orlando 2

Fouls: Vancouver 17 – Orlando 9

Offsides: Vancouver 1 – Orlando 1

Corners: Vancouver 6 – Orlando 6



69′ – ORL – Servando Carrasco

90′ + 2′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson


Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 17.Andrew Jacobson, 15.Matías Laba (13.Cristian Techera 63′); 7.Christian Bolaños, 11.Nicolás Mezquida (67.Alphonso Davies 77′), 77.Pedro Morales ©; 9.Masato Kudo (19.Erik Hurtado 83′)


Orlando City SC

1.Joe Bendik; 12.Kevin Alston, 3.Seb Hines ©, 44.David Mateos, 14.Luke Boden; 17.Darwin Ceren, 5.Servando Carrasco; 13.Hadji Barry (22.Antonio Nocerino 84′), 19.Julio Baptista (7.Cristian Higuita 79′), 18.Kevin Molino; 9.Cyle Larin.