WHITECAPS SNATCH FINAL MINUTE EQUALISER

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.

MATCH DETAILS
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

Statistics
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

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CASCADE STILL WIDE OPEN

 

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

Goals
81′ – SEA – Jordan Morris

Statistics
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

Cautions
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′);

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CANADA CLINCH DESERVED 3-1 WIN IN FINAL CONCACAF WC QUALIFICATION MATCH

 

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.

‘CAPS FALL TO AN ON-FORM RED BULLS

WHITECAPS 0 – NEW YORK RED BULLS 1

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

Goals
50′ – NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips

Statistics
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

Cautions
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.

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WHITECAPS FIND THEIR FORM IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

 

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 3 – SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0

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)

Goals
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

Cautions
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

WHITECAPS TAKE A POINT AS ORLANDO MISS PENALTY

 

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

 

Goals

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

 

Cautions

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.

 

WHITECAPS ON ROAD TO RECOVERY WITH 2-0 WIN OVER SALT LAKE

 

By Hazel May

With new signing Marcel de Jong on the bench and Masato Kudo’s first game back from injury since May, against Chivas, this evening’s game against Salt Lake certainly looked to be an interesting matchup. The game started evenly enough with both teams taking time to settle. In the 6th minute Laba was given a stern talking to by the ref after a nasty challenge on Mulholland. In the 10th minute Techera had a good opportunity with a left foot, but offered a weak shot at goal. An early Yellow card followed in the 12th minute for Jordan Allan for Salt Lake for a nasty challenge on Nicolas Mezquida who indicated to the referee to give a yellow card for the foul, which was duly dispatched.

 

An outstanding save by Ousted prevented Salt Lake scoring in the 15th minute and was the only big save he needed to make in the first half. In the 18th minute Mulholland forced a corner off Waston, which was easily headed away by Kudo who was playing with confidence.  Good defending by Harvey, Waston and Smith for Whitecaps in the first 25 minutes prevented Salt Lake making any progress on goal.

An obvious Yellow card for Jacobson for a boot to the head of Wingert, who needed treatment before he could continue. A further Yellow card followed for Beltran in the 28th minute after a collision with Waston. Thirty minutes in and three yellow cards.

A patient build up by the Whitecaps resulted in a scramble in the front of goal in the 33rd minute with a nice ball played in by Laba who had been pushing up the field the entire half with Kudo working hard in front of goal which resulted in an own goal by Justen Glad.

Three minutes later, a spectacular left footed shot by Techera had the crowd at BC Place erupting, when the ball found the top right corner of Jeff Attinella’s goal to set the game at 2-0.

 

Five minutes to the half and Whitecaps sitting comfortably on a 2-0 lead with possession standing at 59% Whitecaps and 41% Salt Lake . In the 45th minute an unusual free kick for Salt Lake after an aerial challenge from Techera on Garcia, resulting in Techera winning the header. Good possession by the Whitecaps continued leading up to the half time whistle. No substitutions at the half for Whitecaps by Carl Robinson.

 

With Whitecaps continuing to play as they did in the first half attacking the game and Harvey spending a lot of time up on the left wing playing balls into Techera and Kudo. Mezquida was presented with a decent effort in the 50th minute putting the ball just wide and playing with a great deal of confidence in this game.

With a good spell of possession by the Whitecaps during this busy period, the Whitecaps continued to force Salt Lake back in their own half pushing forward with Smith on the right and Harvey on the left leaving Waston at the back. Waston with a needless yellow card in the 53rd minute for a push in frustration but Salt Lake could not take advantage of the free kick.

 

Nasty challenge on Techera by Mulholland in the 58th minute resulted in a yellow card for Mulholland who by now was also feeling frustrated. No sign of Marcel de Jong joining the game at this stage for the Whitecaps. Perhaps Robinson didn’t feel the need at this point for his input.

Salt Lake make a double substitution with Javier Morales and Juan Manual Martinez in the 62nd minute to try and switch up the play.

With ten minutes to go Marcel De Jong finally joined the game for Techera slotting in just behind the back four. A silly error clearing the ball by Salt Lake goalkeeper who has been very busy this half of the game left Kudo going for goal, but a good save followed by Salt Lake keeper who has been busy this half. Garcia promptly gave away a free kick after fouling Laba, but Whitecaps could not capitalize on it.

Coach Carl Robinson shortly after took the decision to bring on Hurtado in the 70th min for a fresh pair of legs with Kudo leaving the game, having played well for his first game back and receiving a good reception from the fans upon his exit. Mezquida having had a good game finally went off for Morales.

 

It became clear that Salt Lake had become frustrated with the work of the Whitecaps defenders having bundled over Jordan Harvey at least 4 or 5 times in the 2nd half.

With just ten minutes to go, Salt Lake threw everything they had at the Whitecaps and Ousted, but Whitecaps remained focused and continued to defend, learning from last week’s errors against Colorado Rapids.

Last substitution for Salt Lake in the 86 minute in a desperate attempt to get something from this game. Chris Williams went off and Boyd Okwuonu came on.  A last minute hand ball by de Jong gave Salt Lake a free kick in the 87th outside the box, taken by Javier Morales and headed away by Hurtado. Salt Lake continue their poor run in away games this season.

 

Good win for Whitecaps who are at home this coming Saturday 16th July against visiting for the first time Orlando City at 7pm. Whitecaps first clean sheet since winning on April 23rd against FC Dallas and 11 games since last the shut out.
MATCH DETAILS
Budweiser Man of the Match: Cristian Techera
Referee:Jose Carlos Rivero
Attendance:22,120

Scoring Summary
34′ – VAN – Justen Glad (own goal)
37′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Christian Bolaños)

Stats

Possession: Vancouver 53.7 % – RSL 46.3 %
Shots: Vancouver 5 – RSL 13
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 2 – RSL 4
Saves: Vancouver 4 – RSL 1
Fouls: Vancouver 18 – RSL 19
Offsides: Vancouver 4 – RSL 0
Corners: Vancouver 1 – RSL 6

Cautions
13′ – RSL – Jordan Allen
25′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson
28′ – RSL – Tony Beltran
54′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
59′ – RSL – Luke Mulholland
74′ – RSL – Olmes Garcia
89′ – VAN – Marcel de Jong

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted ©; 6.Jordan Smith, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 17.Andrew Jacobson, 15.Matías Laba; 7.Christian Bolaños, 11.Nicolás Mezquida (77.Pedro Morales 76′), 13.Cristian Techera (33.Marcel de Jong 66′); 9.Masato Kudo (19.Erik Hurtado 71′)

Real Salt Lake
24.Jeff Attinella; 2.Tony Beltran ©, 15.Justen Glad, 21.Aaron Maund, 16.Chris Wingert (6.Boyd Okwuonu 88′); 12.Omar Holness, 18.Luke Mulholland (11.Javier Morales 65′), 27.John Stertzer; 80.Olmes Garcia, 14.Yura Movsisyan, 70.Jordan Allen (7.Juan Manuel Martinez 65′)

 

10 MAN RAPIDS HOLD WHITECAPS TO A DRAW

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2 – COLORADO RAPIDS 2 

By John May

Vancouver Whitecaps fail to capitalize against 10 man Rapids.

Kendall Waston completes a whole game without being carded.

Despite leading twice, with a headed goal from Kendall Waston and a Cristian Techera Penalty, Colorado Rapids managed to extende their unbeaten run to 13 games, with a late equalizer from Axel Sjoberg.

Colorado almost dominated the first half, and David Ousted was made to earn his salary by keeping a clean sheet throughout the first 45 minutes.

It was the Caps that opened the scoring when Kendall Waston put his head on a Bolaños cross, after out jumping everyone else in the box, Tim Howard should have been able to deal with it, but was beaten easily.

Before the end of the half Kekuta Manneh needed to be replaced by Erik Hurtado after spraining his ankle, not sure as yet, if he will be fit for Wednesday’s game against RSL.

Going into the second half Colorado were clearly looking for something from this game and in minute 59, Kevin Doyle slotted the ball past Ousted to level at 1-1.

Colorado continued the pressure throughout the second half until minute 71 when the game took a turn after Eric Miller played through the back of Pedro Morales, earning him a straight red.

The ‘Caps could sense that they could get a result from this game, especially after referee Allen Chapman awarded the ‘Caps a penalty, that Cristian Techera had no difficulty converting.

It could be argued that the Whitecaps thought that three points were theirs, but Rapids didn’t appear to be giving up as yet, and in the dying moments of the game Kevin Doyle managed to get past Waston to cross a ball over everyone in the box, where a waiting Axel Sjoberg easily headed to the far side of David Ousted goal, to tie the game.

Whitecaps next game, is this Wednesday at BC Place for a 7:30pm kick-off against Real Salt Lake, Masato Kudo may be available.

Match Details

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kendall Waston

Referee: Allen Chapman

Attendance: 22,120

Scoring Summary

10′ – VAN – Kendall Waston (Christian Bolaños, Pedro Morales)

59′ – COL – Kevin Doyle (Shkelzen Gashi, Marco Pappa)

87′ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Penalty Kick)

90′ + 4′ – COL – Axel Sjoberg (Kevin Doyle)

Game statistics 

Possession: Vancouver 40.2 % – Colorado 59.8 %

Shots: Vancouver 13 – Colorado 17

Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 – Colorado 9

Saves: Vancouver 7 – Colorado 4

Fouls: Vancouver 9 – Colorado 11

Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Colorado 1

Corners: Vancouver 3 – Colorado 4

Cautions

37′ – COL – Jared Watts

56′ – COL – Shkelzen Gashi

74′ – COL – Marco Pappa

Ejection

71′ – COL – Eric Miller

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 7.Christian Bolaños, 17.Andrew Jacobson, 15.Matías Laba, 77.Pedro Morales © (13.Cristian Techera 80′); 23.Kekuta Manneh (19.Erik Hurtado 43′); 27.Blas Pérez (11.Nicolás Mezquida 65′)

Colorado Rapids

1.Tim Howard; 3.Eric Miller, 33.Jared Watts, 44.Axel Sjoberg, 5.Mekeil Williams; 6.Sam Cronin ©, 22.Michael Azira; 10.Marco Pappa (4.Marc Burch 74′), 8.Dillon Powers (21.Luis Solignac 84′), 11.Shkelzen Gashi (94.Marlon Hairston 79′); 9.Kevin Doyle.

David Ousted-2921

PHILADELPHIA UNION 2 – VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 3

By John May

 

The Vancouver Whitecaps visit Philadelphia, to face the Eastern Conference leaders, desperate for points and desperate to avoid defeat.

It didn’t take long for Union’s Brazilian star Fabinho, going into this game averaging one goal per game, to test the Whitecaps defense. But it would be Dutchman Roland Alberg who would open the scoring. Whilst the Caps stopped playing to inform the Referee that former Whitecap Sebastien LeToux had handled the ball, Alberg kept his focus on the ball to bury for Philadelphia Union’s first of the game, Union Coach Jim Curtin must have been convinced of another home victory from his team.

The game was running fairly level with end-to-end play, both teams looking to add to the scoreline, after 19 minutes Andrew Jacobson kept his focus on a corner kick to pull the Caps level.

The game showed no signs that either team were willing to play for a draw and in minute 42 Kekuta Manneh having collected the ball within his own half, drives towards goal, turning on the edge of the box and put the ball just inside the post to take the Caps into half-time 2-1 up.

Union still want something from this game and continually test Ousted and the Whitecaps defense. Both teams continue to test each other, in the 84th minute the Caps overturn a Union attack, with Erik Hurtado picking out Bolanos on the left side, whose shot is deflected into the Phili goal, 1-3.

This game far from complete, Union continue to press David Ousted’s goal looking to pull something out of the bag. It was too little, too late for Union when Chris Pontius make the game 2-3 in minute 90+4.

Whitecaps hand Philadelphia Union their first home defeat of the season. A match better performance from the Whitecaps ahead of their Amway clash with Toronto FC on Wednesday.

 

Budweiser Man of the Match: David Ousted

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Attendance: 17,225

 

Goals

1 4’ – PHI – Roland Alberg (Sebastien Le Toux)

19’ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson

41’ – VAN – Kekuta Manneh (Pedro Morales)

84’ – VAN – Christian Bolaños (Erik Hurtado)

90’ + 4’ – PHI – Chris Pontius

 

Game Statistics

Possession: Philadelphia 53.3 % – Vancouver 46.7 %

Shots: Philadelphia 21 – Vancouver 10

Shots on Goal: Philadelphia 4 – Vancouver 6

Saves: Philadelphia 3 – Vancouver 2

Fouls: Philadelphia 7 – Vancouver 14

Offsides: Philadelphia 1 – Vancouver 1

Corners: Philadelphia 6 – Vancouver 5

 

Cautions

36’ – PHI Tranquillo Barnetta

51’ – VAN – Kekuta Manneh

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith, 17.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 77.Pedro Morales (31.Russell Teibert 65’); 7.Christian Bolaños, 11.Nicolás Mezquida (27.Blas Pérez 75’), 23.Kekuta Manneh (13.Cristian Techera 79’); 19.Erik Hurtado

 

Philadelphia Union

1.Andre Blake; 12.Keegan Rosenberry, 15.Joshua Yaro, 16.Richie Marquez, 33.Fabinho (22.Leo Fernandez 82’); 7.Brian Carroll, 10.Tranquillo Barnetta; 25.Ilsinho (13.Chris Pontius 65’), 6.Roland Alberg, 9.Sebastien Le Toux; 11.Fabian Herbers (20.Walter Restrepo 75’)

 

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1 – NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2

 

By John May

 

The Vancouver Whitecaps totally dominated every statistical, outshooting New England 17-8 and controlling 63.5 per cent of possession, but New England’s two goals proved critcal.

With the ‘Caps missing some key starters, with Kendall Waston, Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero all suspended, the Revolution must have believed they could get something out of this game.

The home side started well threatening the New England defense from the start, but New England had the first real chance in the 23rd minute when Rowe headed a Chris Tierney cross off the bar from the top of the six-yard box. It wasn’t long after that Woodberry got on the end of a curling Nguyen free kick at the back post and headed in his first goal of the game.

Just before the break Kekuta Manneh drew a foul just outside the box, Mezquida curled in a lovely free kick from 20 yards to draw the game level. It was Mezquida’s first MLS goal of the season and second in as many games including last week’s Amway Canadian Championship tally.

10 minutes into the second half, New England doubled their tally when Teal Bunbury found Rowe open at the top of the box with a low pass from the right corner. Rowe then fired it in first time to put New England ahead 2-1.

It was one-way traffic from then on with the rest of the match all Vancouver’s, but they were unable to break down the New England defense.

Man of the Match Erik Hurtado created some great chances without any results, for this game, it was not to be.

 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Erik Hurtado

Referee: Ismail Elfath

Attendance: 22,120

 

Goals

31′ – NE – London Woodberry (Lee Nguyen)

41′ – VAN – Nicolas Mezquida

55′ – NE – Kelyn Rowe (Teal Bunbury)

 

Game Statistics

Possession: Vancouver 63.4 % – New England 36.6 %

Shots: Vancouver 17 – New England 8

Shots on Goal: Vancouver 4 – New England 3

Saves: Vancouver 1 – New England 3

Fouls: Vancouver 15 – New England 10

Offsides: Vancouver 2 – New England 0

Corners: Vancouver 5 – New England 4

 

Cautions

35′ – VAN – Jordan Smith

36′ – VAN – Andrew Jacobson

40′ – NE – London Woodberry

82′ – VAN – Matias Laba

88′ – NE – Jose Goncalves

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.David Ousted ©; 6.Jordan Smith (32.Marco Bustos 85′), 17.Andrew Jacobson, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 31.Russell Teibert; 13.Cristian Techera (7.Christian Bolaños 66′), 11.Nicolás Mezquida (27.Blas Pérez 66′), 23.Kekuta Manneh; 19.Erik HurtadoKamara

 

New England Revolution

18.Brad Knighton; 2.Andrew Farrell, 23.Jose Goncalves, 28.London Woodberry, 8.Chris Tierney; 16.Daigo Kobayashi (14.Diego Fagundez 63′), 6.Scott Caldwell; 10.Teal Bunbury (15.Je-Vaughn Watson 74′), 24.Lee Nguyen © (17.Juan Agudelo 90′ + 1’), 11.Kelyn Rowe; 13.Kei Kamara