LATE EQUALIZER KEEPS ‘CAP’S TOP OF WEST

Match report by Todd May

MANNEH NICKED A GOAL AND AN ASSIST ON RETURN TO VANCOUVER

TCHANI ‘S LAST MINUTE GOAL SALVAGES HOME POINT VS FORMER CLUB

BC Place – Vancouver, BC

 

Having risen to 1st place in the Western Conference, Vancouver set out to extend their lead with yet another home matchs vs playoff contenders Columbus Crew.

It looked as though business would continue as normal as Montero got himself an early goal in the 15th minute. A fortunate deflection on a through ball fell kindly for Montero’s run in behind and the Columbian calmly slotted under the keeper for the games first goal.

The lead didn’t last longer than a few minutes as the familiar face of Kekuta Manneh came back to haunt his former club. The speedy winger played like he had something to prove and did just that as his trickery provided the instantly equalizer. Defending right back Nerwinski briefly lost track of Manneh allowing the cross to come in to Ola Kamara who made a clever near post run to get the flick on and score his sides first goal. It was the front man’s 16th goal of the season and is beginning to quietly make a name for himself as a player to be watched.

After a quick succession of matches for Vancouver, it was surprising to see so many faces putting in more significant minutes. The fatigue became more and more evident with every passing minute as Columbus dictated a significant amount of possession for the remainder of the first half.

 

Vancouver came out looking lethargic and uninterested in the second half as well which played right into Columbus’ hands they were keen to dictate play with their possession based game.

It only took until the hour mark for Columbus to take the lead through former start Kekuta Manneh. The young startlet scored a blistering goal to open his account on the night with a rocket from 25 yards out. Such was the quality of the goal, it had the home fans applauding the former Caps player.

Vancouver never really looked like getting anything from the game despite a late Yordy Reyna header cannoning off the post from close range.

Yet it would be former Crew player Tony Tchani who managed to nick a late equalizer for his current side to draw them level deep into stoppage time.

Whitecaps had been mounting pressure for the final few minutes and a little chipped cross from Montero found Tchani at the back post for the easy tap in. The midfielder has been largely anonymous for 90 minutes but scored a vital goal to keep his side top of a tightly contested Western Conference.

Whitecaps have a much-needed week off before returning for another home match against Colorado Rapids who sit bottom of the West. Kick off is scheduled for 7PM PT @BC Place.

GAME DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Yordy Reyna
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Attendance: 20,592

Goals
15′ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Yordy Reyna, Cristian Techera)
19′ – CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh)
63′ – CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Wil Trapp)
90′ + 2′ – VAN – Tony Tchani (Fredy Montero, Jake Nerwinski)

Stats
Possession: Vancouver 40.3% – Columbus 59.7%
Shots: Vancouver 13 – Columbus 15
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 4 – Columbus 8
Saves: Vancouver 6 – Columbus 2
Fouls: Vancouver 11 – Columbus 12
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Columbus 1
Corners: Vancouver 5 – Columbus 5

Cards
26′ – CLB – Josh Williams
33′ – CLB – Mohammed Abu
56′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
90′ + 1′ – CLB – Justin Meram

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey (19.Erik Hurtado 80′); 66.Aly Ghazal, 16.Tony Tchani; 13.Cristian Techera (67.Alphonso Davies 60′), 29.Yordy Reyna, 20.Brek Shea (23.Bernie Ibini 72′); 12.Fredy Montero

Columbus Crew SC
23.Zack Steffen; 25.Harrison Afful, 3.Josh Williams, 17.Lalas Abubakar, 16.Hector Jimenez; 20.Wil Trapp ©, 8.Mohammed Abu (7.Artur HT); 32.Pedro Santos (21.Alex Crognale 83′), 10.Federico Higuain, 19.Kekuta Manneh (9.Justin Meram 70′); 11.Ola Kamara

CAPS TOP OF WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

By John May

BC Place – Wednesday September 13th 2017

The Vancouver Whitecaps top Western Conference Table, after defeating a very disjointed Minnesota United 3-0.

Going into the game the ‘Caps knew a victory would see them top the Western Conference Table, and they started the game determined to make that happen. It took less than 5 minutes for Yordi Reyna to slot home a Marcel de Jong diagonal ball.

Minnesota had no intention of making it easy for the ‘Caps, hogging the majority of the ball, but unable to capitalize on their dominance of the possession. Whitecaps are proving to be useful side on the break, once again exposing Minnesota’s weaknesses at the back, with Erik Hurtado getting his chest on the ball ahead of Bobby Shuttleworth’s outstretched hand, to make it 2-0 after 31 minutes.

Throughout the rest of the game, although Minnesota continued to dominate the possession, it was Shuttleworth that had the majority of the work, as the ‘Caps continued to be dangerous on the counter.

In the 88th minute, Brek Shea sealed the deal for Vancouver Whitecaps to top the table. Final score Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Minnesota United 0.

This Saturday September 16th 2017, the ‘Caps face Columbus Crew, with Kekuta Manneh in their line-up, this will be a test for the ‘Caps.

GAME DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Erik Hurtado
Referee: Dave Gantar
Attendance: 17,368

Goals
5′ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Marcel de Jong)
31′ – VAN – Erik Hurtado (Brek Shea, Yordy Reyna)
88′ – VAN – Brek Shea (Fredy Montero)

Game Stats
Possession: Vancouver 40.8% – Minnesota 59.2%
Shots: Vancouver 18 – Minnesota 9
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 9 – Minnesota 2
Saves: Vancouver 2 – Minnesota 5
Fouls: Vancouver 15 – Minnesota 11
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Minnesota 3
Corners: Vancouver 9 – Minnesota 6

Cards
45′ – MIN – Michael Boxall
52′ – MIN – Collen Warner

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 17.Marcel de Jong; 16.Tony Tchani, 31.Russell Teibert; 67.Alphonso Davies (11.Nicolás Mezquida 80′), 29.Yordy Reyna (23.Bernie Ibini 63′), 20.Brek Shea; 19.Erik Hurtado (12.Fredy Montero 72′)

Minnesota United FC
33.Bobby Shuttleworth; 3.Jerome Thiesson, 25.Michael Boxall, 14.Brent Kallman, (12.Joseph Greenspan 62′), 15.Ismaila Jome; 26.Collen Warner, 7.Ibson; 13.Ethan Finlay, 11.Johan Venegas, 28.Sam Nicholson (21.Christian Ramirez 72′); 9.Abu Danladi

WHITECAPS SIT 3RD IN WESTERN CONFERENCE

Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 3 – REAL SALT LAKE 2
Cristian Techera, Kendall Waston, and Yordy Reyna provided the scoring for Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12W-9L-5D) extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake (10W-14L-5D) on Saturday night at BC Place.
Cristian Techera, Kendall Waston, and Yordy Reyna provided the scoring for Vancouver, while Jake Nerwinski and Bernie Ibini each had a pair of assists. The ‘Caps, who finish the night third in the Western Conference, have now won three of their last four matches. They have also now surpassed their point total from 2016 with eight matches still remaining.
The ‘Caps looked dangerous from the get go on Saturday against an RSL side that had only lost one of their last nine matches – and Techera was heavily involved.
In the sixth minute, the lively Uruguayan beat his man in midfield and played a fine ball out wide to Ibini, but the Australian’s right-footed attempt was blocked by a sliding RSL defender. Then, in the 14th minute, Techera rolled one just wide after a fantastic throughball from Fredy Montero.
Techera would eventually open the scoring in the 29th minute, finishing a low Nerwinski cross with his weaker right foot after some fine interplay down the right.
RSL responded shortly later, somewhat fortuitously with Chris Wingert’s cross from the left bouncing passed the line after David Ousted made the initial save.

At any rate, it was all-square heading into the break.

But Whitecaps FC would regain their lead early in the second half through Waston, who finished with his left foot after Tim Parker headed a Yordy Reyna free kick off the far post.
Then, after a pair of fine saves from Ousted, Reyna added a third ‘Caps marker in the 64th minute.
The play start on the right when Nerwinski won the ball off Joao Plata before finding an unmarked Ibini in the box. The big Australian then fired a ball across the face of goal that was met by a diving Reyna header at the back post.
RSL got one back late through Tony Beltran, but Whitecaps FC would hold on for their 12th victory of the season. Saturday’s match was Vancouver’s first of four straight at BC Place. They’re right back at it on Wednesday against Minnesota United FC, before hosting Columbus Crew SC next Saturday, September 16 and Colorado Rapids on Saturday, September 23.

NEWS AND NOTES
Saturday marked Robinson’s 50th win in his MLS head coaching career … Robinson made seven changes to his starting lineup after Vancouver’s 2-1 win over Orlando on August 26 … the only repeat starters were Nerwinski, Waston, Jordan Harvey and Ibini … Christian Bolaños was not available for Saturday’s match due to a knee contusion he suffered while on international duty with Costa Rica.

MCMILLAN ‘CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
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 for a running total of $9,000.

MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Kendall Waston
Referee: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 20,783

Scoring Summary
29′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Jake Nerwinski, Bernie Ibini)
37′ – RSL – Chris Wingert (Sunny)
52′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
64′- VAN – Yordy Reyna (Bernie Ibini, Jake Nerwinski)
83′- RSL- Tony Beltran (Jefferson Savarino)

Statistics
Possession: Vancouver 41.3% – Real Salt Lake 58.7%
Shots: Vancouver 11 – Real Salt Lake 18
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 3 – Real Salt Lake 8
Saves: Vancouver 6 – Real Salt Lake 0
Fouls: Vancouver 7 – Real Salt Lake 9
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – Real Salt Lake 1
Corners: Vancouver 2 – Real Salt Lake 9

Cautions
21′ – VAN – Tim Parker
57′ – VAN – Jake Nerwinski
90′ + 1′ – RSL – Joao Plata

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 66.Aly Ghazal, 16.Tony Tchani; 23.Bernie Ibini (67.Alphonso Davies 75′), 29.Yordy Reyna (11.Nicolás Mezquida 84′), 13.Cristian Techera (20.Brek Shea 69′); 12.Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used
24.Stefan Marinovic, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 17.Marcel de Jong, 19.Erik Hurtado

Real Salt Lake 
18.Nick Rimando; 2.Tony Beltran, 4.David Horst, 15.Justen Glad, 16.Chris Wingert (27.Brooks Lennon 76′); 5.Kyle Beckerman, 8.Sunny (19.Luke Mulholland 56′); 7.Jefferson Savarino, 11.Albert Rusnak, 10. Joao Plata; 14.Yura Movsisyan (20.Luis Silva 67′)

Substitutes not used
24.Matt Van Oekel, 3.Justin Schmidt, 23.Sebastian Saucedo, 30.Marcelo Silva

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1 – SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1

 

Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Montero scores again as 10-men ‘Caps earn comeback draw vs. Seattle

VANCOUVER, BC – Fredy Montero scored his fifth goal in as many games as 10-men Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-9L-5D) battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC (11W-7L-8D) on Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,120 at BC Place.
Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring on a 19th-minute penalty, but Montero found an equalizer in the 64th minute – just a few minutes after Tony Tchani was sent off for a second yellow card. The former Sounders FC striker finished first time after a fantastic individual effort from substitute Alphonso Davies, who claimed his first career MLS point on the play.
It was Montero’s team-leading 11th goal of the season, and third against his former team, and it helped Vancouver earn a share of the spoils. Budweiser Man of the Match David Ousted also had a big part to play, making a season-high seven saves.
As Carl Robinson said this week, Wednesday’s contest was a “great test” for his team.
Seattle came to Vancouver as the hottest team in MLS and the co-Western Conference leaders, having won six of seven matches during a nine-match unbeaten run. And they looked the part early, controlling over 60 per cent of possession in the opening frame.

Newcomer Victor Rodriguez, who was making his first MLS start, was particularly dangerous for the Rave Green. And it was the Spaniard who drew the foul that led to Lodeiro’s 19th-minute penalty.

Rodriguez had a chance of his own in the 33rd minute, going for goal on a 30-yard free kick, but Ousted made a diving, near-post save to keep Vancouver within one.

Ousted’s counterpart, Stefan Frei, wasn’t busy in the first half, but he was forced to make a diving save of his own in the 39th minute, denying Montero after the ‘Caps striker picked off an errant pass from the goalkeeper outside the box.

It was Ousted’s turn again early in the second half.

The Danish keeper stopped a diving Chad Marshall header – with his head, no less – before turning away a heavy Lodeiro strike in the first 10 minutes of the second frame. Then, after Robinson brought on Davies and Bernie Ibini in a double substitution, the ‘Caps were reduced to 10 men in the 60th minute.

But that would not stop them.Just a few minutes later, Robinson’s men drew the game level thanks in large part to Davies, who closed down Marshall with a blazing run down the left, cut into the box, and fed Montero at the centre of the box. Just like that, the game was tied.

And that, despite some end to end action in the final half hour, is how it would end.

Whitecaps FC now head out east for a long trip to Orlando City SC this Saturday (4:30 p.m. PT on TSN2 and TSN 1410) before returning to BC Place for four straight home matches in the month of September (tickets available at whitecapsfc.com/tickets).

MCMILLAN ‘CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
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 $400 for a running total of $8,800.

MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: David Ousted
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 22,120

Scoring Summary
19′ – SEA – Nicolas Lodeiro (penalty kick)
64′ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Alphonso Davies)

Statistics
Possession: Vancouver 34.2% – Seattle 65.8%
Shots: Vancouver 8 – Seattle 25
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 2 – Seattle 8
Saves: Vancouver 7 – Seattle 1
Fouls: Vancouver 13 – Seattle 7
Offsides: Vancouver 1 – Seattle 1
Corners: Vancouver 4 – Seattle 10

Cautions
31′ – SEA – Nouhou Tolo
31′ – VAN – Fredy Montero
32′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
45′ – SEA – Tony Alfaro
52′ – VAN – Tony Tchani
60′ – VAN – Tony Tchani

Ejection
60′ – VAN – Tony Tchani

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 8.Andrew Jacobson (23.Bernie Ibini 56′), 16.Tony Tchani; 7.Christian Bolaños, 29.Yordy Reyna (31.Russell Teibert 68′), 13.Cristian Techera (67.Alphonso Davies 56′); 12.Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used
24.Stefan Marinovic, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 17.Marcel de Jong, 20.Brek Shea

Seattle Sounders FC
24.Stefan Frei; 18.Kelvin Leerdam, 14.Chad Marshall, 15.Tony Alfaro (6.Osvaldo Alonso 76′), 5.Nouhou Tolo (11.Aaron Kovar 84′); 7.Cristian Roldan, 4.Gustvav Svensson; 13.Jordan Morris (2.Clint Dempsey 68′), 10.Nicolas Lodeiro, 8.Victor Rodriguez; 17.Will Bruin

Substitutes not used
1.Tyler Miller, 16.Calum Mallace, 21.Jordy Delem, 91.Oniel Fisher

Whitecaps v Houston Dynamo Aug 2017-6933

WHITECAPS CRUCIAL WIN OVER TOP-OF-TABLE DYNAMO’S

 

Saturday August 19th  2017

Top of Eastern Conference Table Houston Dynamo, visited BC Place looking for their second away win of the season, only to leave disappointed.
Vancouver Whitecaps came out firing on all cylinders, frustrating the men in orange to the point that they could only manage the occasional unsuccessful counter-attack.
The Caps’ were equally frustrated with unsuccessful attempt on Tyler Deric’s goal, settling for a penalty in the 17th minute after Yordy Reyna was taken down from behind by Boniek Garcia. This time Fredy Montero calmly slotted home to make it 1-0.
Houston had their chances through the half, by David Ousted was up to the challenge, denying the equalizer, including a well struck free-kick from Romell Quioto.
In a near copy-cat run of play to the earlier penalty. This time Reyna manager to fire off a shot on the edge of the box, to sweetly net the ball over Deric’s outstretched hand; 2-0 at 32 minutes.
The Cap’s managed to hold out for the remainder of the first-half, going into the changing room with a two goal cushion.

The second-half started much as the first had ended, with Dynamo’s continuing to counter on the break. It took just six minutes for the pressure to reap rewards, when Romell Quioto managed to pair up with Mauro Manotas and chip the ball over David Ousted and bring the deficit to one goal; 2-1 at 51 minutes.
The remainder of the half continued to be a chippy affair, with both teams receiving 4 yellow cards each and accumulating a total of 34 fouls.
As a result of all the fouls, Houston had a late opportunity to equalize with a free-kick on the edge of the box, only for Martinez to hit it into a disciplined Cap’s wall.

Final score Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Houston Dynamo 1.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a tough game coming up this Wednesday at 7:00pm on August 23rd 2017. Seattle Sounders visit BC Place for the old school Cascadia battle, a much watch game.

Next weekend the Cap’s travel to Florida to take on Orlando City SC, kick-off will be at 4:30pm PST Saturday August 26th 2017. Coverage will be on TSN2 & TSN 1410.

Game Details
Budweiser Man of the Match:  Yordy Reyna
Referee: Drew Fischer
Attendance: 21,183

Goals
17′ – VAN –  Fredy Montero (penalty)
32′ – VAN –  Yordy Reyna (Fredy Montero)
51′ – HOU –  Romell Quioto (Mauro Manotas)

Match Stats
Possession: Vancouver 45.2% -Houston 54.8%
Shots: Vancouver 10 – Houston 14
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 4 – Houston 2
Saves: Vancouver 1 – Houston 2
Fouls: Vancouver 19 – Houston 15
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Houston 0
Corners: Vancouver 7 – Houston 4

Cautions 
31′ – VAN –  Jordan Harvey
41′ – VAN –  Jake Nerwinski
46′ – HOU –  Adolfo Machado
71′ – VAN –  Fredy Montero
73′ – HOU –  Boniek Garcia
79′ – VAN – David Ousted
83′ – HOU – Juan Cabezas
90’+3 – HOU – AJ DeLaGarza

Whitecaps FC 
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski (17. Marcel De Jong 88′), 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 8.Andrew Jacobson, 16.Tony Tchani; 7.Christian Bolaños, 29.Yordy Reyna (67. Alphonso Davies, 85;), 13.Cristian Techera (23. Bernie Ibini, 72′); 12.Fredy Montero

Houston Dynamo
1.Tyler Deric; 20.A.J. DeLaGarza, 3.Adolfo Machado, 22.Leonardo, 7.DaMarcus Beasley; 27. Boniek Garcia (25.Tomas Martinez, 76′), 5.Juan Cabezas, 14.Alex; 11.Andrew Wenger (18. Memo Rodriguez 85′), 19.Mauro Manotas, 12.Romell Quioto (23.Jose Escalante, 89′).

WHITECAPS SECURE HISTORIC FOUR GOAL WIN IN DALLAS

 

By John May

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Vancouver Whitecaps secure a franchise record with their biggest ever away win over a strong FC Dallas side.

Bernie Ibini opened the Caps tally, with a deflected shot in the 18th minute. Dallas piled on the pressure throughout the first half, but failed to convert.

The Whitecaps didn’t want to sit on their single gaol as the second half commenced, after only 4 minutes into the half, Fredy Montero secured a penalty, when Acosta was adjudged to have fouled. Montero make it 2 from the spot.

FC Dallas were down to 10 men, when Carlos Gruezo, was seen to elbow Yordy Reyna when both player went to the floor in a physical battle for the ball.

The Caps made use of the additional player, when Tony Tchani fed a ball through for Montero to get his second of the game.

That wasn’t the end of things, Nico Mesquida came on for Yordy Reyna in the 79th minute and it took on four minutes for him to chest a ball at an acute angle in the Dallas penalty box, and with a spectacular overhead kick, put the ball past Gonzalez to make it four.

Vancouver Whitecaps remain on their road trip, the next game at Colorado at 7:00pm on Saturday August 5th 2017.

GAME DETAILS

Budweiser Man of the Match: Fredy Montero
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 15,274

Goals
18’ – VAN – Bernie Ibini (Fredy Montero)
49’ – VAN – Fredy Montero (penalty kick)
67’ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Tony Tchani, Matías Laba)
83’ – VAN – Nicolás Mezquida (Sheanon Williams)

Stats
Possession: Dallas 57.3% – Vancouver 42.7%
Shots: Dallas 15 – Vancouver 11
Shots on Goal: Dallas 3 – Vancouver 6
Saves: Dallas 2 – Vancouver 3
Fouls: Dallas 10 – Vancouver 9
Offsides: Dallas 3 – Vancouver 1
Corners: Dallas 9 – Vancouver 4

Yellow Cards 
79’ – VAN – Yordy Reyna
89’ – DAL – Atiba Harris

Red Cards
59’ – DAL – Carlos Gruezo

FC Dallas
1.Jesse Gonzalez; 14.Atiba Harris, 25.Walker Zimmerman, 24.Matt Hedges ©, 12.Ryan Hollingshead; 7.Carlos Gruezo, 8.Victor Ulloa (23.Kellyn Acosta HT); 21.Michael Barrios, 10.Mauro Diaz (9.Cristian Colman 63‘), 20.Roland Lamah; 37.Maximiliano Urruti (13.Tesho Akindele 79’)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 25.Sheanon Williams, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 17.Marcel de Jong; 23.Bernie Ibini (13.Cristian Techera 63‘), 15.Matías Laba, 16.Tony Tchani, 20.Brek Shea (19.Erik Hurtado 88‘); 29.Yordy Reyna (11.Nicolás Mezquida 79’); 12.Fredy Montero

‘CAPS FALL AT HOME TO CASCADIA RIVALS PORTLAND TIMBERS

Match Report, Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1 – PORTLAND TIMBERS 2
‘Caps come up short in bid for third straight victory
VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8W-8L-3D) came up short in their bid for a third straight win on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Portland Timbers (8W-8L-6D) in front of a crowd of 25,083 at BC Place.
Portland went ahead early in this one through rookie Jereme Ebobisse, who was making his first MLS start with striker Fanendo Adi suspended. Ebobisse put the Timbers ahead in the 14th minute, directing in a low cross from Dairon Asprilla on the second phase of a corner.
The ‘Caps nearly equalized on a pair of first-half headers, with Christian Bolaños sending a Jordan Harvey cross just over the goal and Timbers keeper Jake Gleeson denying Tony Tchani on a Bolaños corner, before eventually finding the back of the net in the 45th minute.
Bolaños was involved again, whipping in a corner that Tim Parker flicked on to the back post, where Andrew Jacobson tapped it in off the line to draw the game level.

Portland would regain their lead shortly after the break.
In the 49th minute, Sebastian Blanco finished from the centre of the box thanks to a fortuitous one-two with Ebobisse, who set up the goal with a cheeky back heel after Blanco was dispossessed at the top of the box.
Vancouver had two glorious chances to level the score once more – a half-volley from Brek Shea at the centre of the box and a Parker header off a Bolaños free kick –  but Gleeson made a pair of outstanding stops to preserve the victory for the visitors.
The Timbers now sit three points up on Vancouver for fourth place in the Western Conference, though they’ve played three more games.
Next up for Whitecaps FC is a trip to FC Dallas on Saturday (5 p.m. PT on TSN 2 and TSN 1410) – their first of three straight matches on the road before returning to BC Place to host Houston Dynamo on August 19.

NEWS AND NOTES
Whitecaps FC centre back Kendall Waston did not dress on Sunday after starting for Costa Rica in a 2-0 loss to the U.S. in Saturday’s Gold Cup semifinals … Bolaños has now recorded an assist in three straight matches for a team-leading seven helpers on the season.

MCMILLAN ‘CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
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 $900 for a running total of $7,700.

MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match:  Andrew Jacobson
Referee: Chris Penso
Attendance: 25,083

Scoring Summary
14′ – POR – Jeremy Ebobisse(Dairon Asprilla, Sebastian Blanco)
45′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson (Tim Parker, Christian Bolaños)
49′ – POR – Sebastian Blanco (Jeremy Ebobisse)

Statistics
Possession: Vancouver 53.2% – Portland 46.8%
Shots: Vancouver 15 – Portland 14
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 – Portland 5
Saves: Vancouver 3 – Portland 4
Fouls: Vancouver 9 – Portland 18
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – Portland 0
Corners: Vancouver 4 – Portland 5

Cautions
45′ + 1′ – VAN – Nicolas Mezquida
77′ – VAN – David Ousted
79′ – POR – Roy Miller
84′ – POR – Jack Barmby
90′ – POR – Ben Zemanski

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 16.Tony Tchani (67.Alphonso Davies 64′); 13.Cristian Techera, 11.Nicolás Mezquida (29.Yordy Reyna 60′), 7.Christian Bolaños; 12.Fredy Montero (20.Brek Shea 75′)

Portland Timbers
90.Jack Gleeson; 16.Zarek Valentin, 33.Larrys Mabiala, 13.Lawrence Ollum, 7.Roy Miller; 14.Ben Zemanski, 21.Diego Chara; 27.Dairon Asprilla (45.Harold Hansen 89′), 8.Diego Valeri, 10.Sebastian Blanco; 17.Jeremy Ebobisse (23.Jack Barmby 78′)

NERWINSKI SUPERB FOR ‘CAPS AWAY WIN

 

Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LA GALAXY 0 – VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1
Tchani’s second-half goal lifts Whitecaps FC to 1-0 road victory over LA Galaxy

CARSON, CA – Tony Tchani’s second-half goal and a pair of highlight reel saves from goalkeeper David Ousted lifted Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 1-0 win over LA Galaxy on Wednesday evening at StubHub Center.
With just their second-ever road victory against LA, the ‘Caps climb up to fourth place in the Western Conference standings with a 8W-7L-3D record.
Ousted had a solid four-save performance in net for the ‘Caps, who also received a strong outing from the entire back four including Budweiser Man of the Match rookie right back Jake Nerwinski.
After already denying Designated Player Romain Alessandrini in the first half, Ousted would save his best in the second frame with a diving stop against Dave Romney’s header that looked destined for the bottom-left corner. Ousted swooped in to rob Galaxy of a goal that would have given the home side the lead in the 51st minute.
The missed chance would prove costly for LA as Tchani found the net 13 minutes later. Christian Bolaños set up the eventual winner with a textbook bending free kick from from the left side, which Tchani headed in with purpose past Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe. The score gives Tchani two goals on the season, while Bolaños improves his team-leading assist total to six.
Another opportunity awaits Vancouver on Sunday, when they host Portland Timbers at BC Place. The two sides, along with fellow Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC, are deadlocked in the table with 27 points apiece, with Whitecaps FC having games in hand. Visit whitecapsfc.com for ticket information.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: ‘Caps midfielder Nicolás Mezquida made his first MLS start in over three months, which included him missing the month of June with a high right ankle sprain suffered in Canadian Championship play… Whitecaps FC were missing five players away on international duty in the CONCACAF Gold Cup – Canadians Sam Adekugbe, Marcel de Jong, Alphonso Davies, and Russell Teibert, as well as Costa Rican Kendall Waston… Tim Parker wore the captain’s armband for the first time in MLS play in Waston’s absence… Galaxy midfielder João Pedro picked up a yellow card in added time and will now serve a one-match suspension in LA’s next match due to yellow card accumulation.

MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Jake Nerwinski
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 17,404

Scoring Summary 64′ – VAN – Tony Tchani (Christian Bolaños)

Statistics
Possession: LA 61.2% – Vancouver 38.8%
Shots: LA 15 – Vancouver 14
Shots on Goal: LA 4 – Vancouver 6
Saves: LA 5 – Vancouver 4
Fouls: LA 10 – Vancouver 12
Offsides: LA 1 – Vancouver 1
Corners: LA 8 – Vancouver 7

Cautions
23′ – VAN – Tony Tchani
90’+2′ – LA – João Pedro

LA Galaxy
12.Brian Rowe; 18.Bradley Diallo, 5.Daniel Steres, 37.Jelle Van Damme ©, 4.Dave Romney; 3.Ashley Cole, 8.João Pedro; 7.Romain Alessandrini (38.Bradford Jamieson IV 74′), 10.Giovani dos Santos, 24. Emmanuel Boateng (13.Jermaine Jones 69′); 32.Jack McBean (15.Ariel Lassiter 70′)

Substitutes not used
22.Jon Kempin, 2.Pele Van Anholt, 21.Hugo Arellano, 25.Rafael Garcia

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker ©, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 16.Tony Tchani; 13.Cristian Techera (20.Brek Shea 75′), 11.Nicolás Mezquida (29.Yordy Reyna 59′), 7.Christian Bolaños; 12.Fredy Montero (23.Bernie Ibini 82′)

Substitutes not used
18.Spencer Richey, 19.Erik Hurtado, 25.Sheanon Williams, 77.Mauro Rosales

NEW BOY YORDY REYNA STEALS A LATE WINNER.

 

Match report courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps.

Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 3 – NEW YORK CITY FC 2
Reyna’s late winner steals the spotlight as Whitecaps FC defeat New York City FC 3-2

VANCOUVER, BC – Star-studded New York City FC rolled into town on Wednesday evening but it was the new kid on the block that stole the show at BC Place as Vancouver Whitecaps FC won 3-2, thanks to a late match-winner from offseason acquisition Yordy Reyna.
The diminutive Peruvian, who was making his home debut after being sidelined with an injury since February, connected on an acrobatic header in the 88th minute to end New York City’s four-match winning streak. The three points improve the ‘Caps record to 7W-7L-3D and into a tie for sixth place and above the red line as they hit the mid-point mark of the MLS season.
NYCFC drop to 10W-6L-3D following the high-octane and testy match that saw three lead changes and eight yellow cards handed out.
Fredy Montero gave the ‘Caps the advantage out of the gate, before New York City’s Maxime Chanot and David Villa scored to momentarily take the driver seat at halftime. Jordan Harvey opened his 2017 account early in the second half to draw the ‘Caps even, setting up the scene for Reyna’s late-match heroics.

Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson made two changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s defeat at Chicago Fire as Kendall Waston and Montero replaced the suspended Matías Laba and Bernie Ibini.
The changes paid instant dividends as Vancouver did not take long to get on the board. Just three minutes into the match, forward Brek Shea dispossessed Chanot in the visitors’ half to initiate the chance. Montero beat NYCFC midfielder Alexander Ring to the lofted through ball, and the Colombian striker found himself with all kinds of space as he calmly put the ball into the bottom right corner for the 1-0 ‘Caps lead.

New York City nearly came up with a quick equalizer two minutes later when winger Thomas McNamara aimed for the top-right corner of the ‘Caps net from outside the box, but goalkeeper David Ousted made the first of his three saves on the evening.
The visitors would draw level off a 34th-minute corner kick from Andrea Pirlo. After RJ Allen’s right-footed shot was initially blocked, Chanot rushed on to the crowd in front of net, then tapped in the loose ball to tie the match at 1-1.

Things were only starting to heat up.

In the 39th minute, Waston was whistled for a foul inside the box when his heavily-wrapped right hand made contact with McNamara in a battle for the ball, awarding New York City a penalty kick. Villa cashed in from the spot, giving NYC the 2-1 lead.
The ‘Caps who would ride their emotion to find the net early in the second frame. Christian Bolaños curled a cross from the right flank and into the left corner of the six-yard box, where Harvey banged in a left-footed volley to knot the score once again at 2-2.
There were plenty of chances left for each side to get the full three points in the final 10 minutes. English youngster Jack Harrison had a pair of opportunities for the visitors but was high of target in the 80th minute, then was denied by Ousted moments later.
This set the stage for Reyna, who came on in the second half to dazzle the crowd with his technical skill and pace, and ultimately won the match for the ‘Caps with his diving header off a setup from Jake Nerwinski and Techera.

Whitecaps FC now head into the international break with momentum and will be back in action on Wednesday, July 19 when they visit LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT, live on TSN and TSN Radio 1040.

MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Fredy Montero
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 22,120

Scoring Summary
3′ – VAN – Fredy Montero (Brek Shea)
34′ – NYC – Maxime Chanot (RJ Allen, Andrea Pirlo)
40′ – NYC – David Villa (penalty kick)
54′ – VAN – Jordan Harvey (Christian Bolaños)
88′ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Jake Nerwinski, Cristian Techera)

Statistics
Possession: Vancouver 39.2% – New York City 60.8%
Shots: Vancouver 10 – New York City 20
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 – New York City 5
Saves: Vancouver 3 – New York City 3
Fouls: Vancouver 12 – New York City 12
Offsides: Vancouver 1 – New York City 0
Corners: Vancouver 5 – New York City 10

Cautions
17′ – NYC – Yangel Herrera
23′ – VAN – Brek Shea
39′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
43′ – VAN – Fredy Montero
56′ – NYC – Jack Harrison
68′ – NYC – Alexander Ring
75′ – VAN – Tony Tchani
88′ – VAN – Yordy Reyna

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 8.Andrew Jacobson (23.Bernie Ibini 84′), 16.Tony Tchani; 13.Cristian Techera, 7.Christian Bolaños, 20.Brek Shea (29.Yordy Reyna 65′); 12.Fredy Montero (19.Erik Hurtado 90’+1′)

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 22.Christian Dean, 77.Mauro Rosales

New York City FC
25.Eirik Johansen; 27.RJ Allen (5.Mikey Lopez 65′), 4.Maxime Chanot, 6.Alexander Callens, 2.Ben Sweat; 8.Alexander Ring, 21.Andrea Pirlo (10.Maximiliano Moralez 75′), 30.Yangel Herrera (13.Frederic Brillant 53′); 11.Jack Harrison, 7.David Villa ©, 15.Thomas McNamara

Substitutes not used
24.Andre Rawls, 3.Ethan White, 14.Kwame Awuah, 17.Jonathan Lewis

WHITECAPS SCORCHED BY CHICAGO

 

CHICAGO FIRE 4 – 0 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Chicago Fire move top of the Eastern Conference and top the points tally for both conferences, after giving the Vancouver Whitecaps a demonstration of passing techniques, which sees them unbeaten in their last 10 games.

The leagues’ top goalscorer Nemanja Nikolic, after giving the Caps an early scare, took only 18 minutes to get a brace of goals, and provide Chicago with an early dominance. Vancouver Whitecaps fate was sealed in minute 25 when Arturo Alvarez got Chicago’s third.
Tony Tchani & front man Bernie Ibini, did little to have any impact on the game. Chicago Fire appeared to have no difficulty shutting down the Whitecaps mid-field.
Coach Veljko Paunovic must have concerns for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s after the German went off in the 42nd minute with a suspected groin strain.

Yordi Reyna made his Whitecaps debut coming in for Break Shea after 62 minutes, although he was unable to make an impact on this game, there was some obvious strengths that may prove useful later in the season.
When everyone thought things couldn’t get any worse for Vancouver Whitecaps, Matais Laba was shown a straight red card after a tackle from behind.

Michael de Leeuw took advantage of the additional player, bagging Chicago’s fourth goal in the 84th minute.

Vancouver Whitecaps are back home against New York City FC, kick-off at 7:00pm PT, Wednesday July 5th 2017. Although without Matais Laba, Sheanon Williams has been cleared to return.

GAME STATS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Christian Bolaños
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Attendance: 20,187

Goals
14′ – CHI – Nemanja Nikolic (Matt Polster, Brandon Vincent)
18′ – CHI – Nemanja Nikolic (Michael de Leeuw)
25′ – CHI – Arturo Alvarez (Matt Polster)
84′ – CHI – Michael de Leeuw (Nemanja Nikolic)

Stat breakdown.
Possession: Chicago 60.4% – Vancouver 39.6%
Shots: Chicago 18 – Vancouver 10
Shots on Goal: Chicago 12 – Vancouver 3
Saves: Chicago 3 – Vancouver 7
Fouls: Chicago 9 – Vancouver 7
Offsides: Chicago 2 – Vancouver 2
Corners: Chicago 6 – Vancouver 5

Cards
78′ – VAN – Matias Laba

Chicago Fire
28.Matt Lampson; 2.Matt Polster, 4.Johan Kappelhof (14.Djordje Mihailovic 82′), 66.Joao Meira, 3.Brandon Vincent; 8.Michael de Leeuw, 31.Bastian Schweinsteiger (18.Drew Conner 42′), 19.Juninho; 9.Luis Solignac, 23.Nemanja Nikolic, 12.Arturo Alvarez (16.Jonathan Campbell 69′)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba; 13.Cristian Techera, 7.Christian Bolaños, 16.Tony Tchani (11.Nicolás Mezquida 51′), 20.Brek Shea (29.Yordy Reyna 62′); 23.Bernie Ibini (12.Fredy Montero 51′)