CAPS SECURE A VITAL AWAY GOAL AGAINST RED BULLS

Match Report Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

NEW YORK RED BULLS 1 – VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1

‘Caps, Red Bulls battle to 1-1 draw in first leg of CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

HARRISON, NJ – We’ve got a series.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC scored a crucial away goal, David Ousted stopped a penalty, and Cristian Techera was shown a red card as the ‘Caps battled to a 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
Kekuta Manneh opened the scoring in the 39th minute before Bradley Wright-Phillips levelled the score just after the hour-mark, leaving everything to play for in the second leg next Thursday at BC Place (7 p.m. PT kickoff – tickets still available).
A win or scoreless draw would send Vancouver to the semifinals, where they would face Pumas UNAM or Tigres UANL from Mexico’s Liga MX, while a 1-1 draw would force extra time.

Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson’s first official starting XI of 2017 consisted of Ousted, a back line of Jake Nerwinski, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, and Jordan Harvey, midfielders Matias Laba and Russell Teibert, wingers Alphonso Davies and Cristian Techera, and Manneh playing centrally underneath striker Erik Hurtado. Notably, it was Nerwinski’s professional debut with the club – and it just so happened to come in his home state of New Jersey.

This one played out pretty much as expected, with New York controlling possession and the ‘Caps looking dangerous on the counter. And both sides managed to create some quality chances.

Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan came close twice in the first half, hitting the side-netting after some nice interplay with Wright-Phillips in the fifth minute and then curling a 20-yard free kick just over the goal before the break. Daniel Royer also came close for the Red Bulls, heading a Gonzalo Veron cross over the bar at the back post.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s attacking trio of Davies, Manneh, and Techera caused all sorts of problems for the Red Bulls back line while playing off of Hurtado, who held the ball up well.
Techera had an early opportunity, curling a left-footed strike just wide of the far post from a poor angle. And Davies and Manneh showed their pace with some fine runs down the flanks before the latter eventually opened the scoring on a 39th-minute corner.
Techera provided the service, Waston flicked it on, and Manneh headed it in off a Red Bulls defender to put Vancouver ahead with a crucial away goal.

The Red Bulls, desperate for an equalizer, came out flying after the break.

And they nearly levelled the score in the 47th minute, but Ousted denied a cheeky Kljestan penalty attempt with his left foot after Nerwinski was whistled for a foul in the box.
There was nothing he could do in the 62nd minute, however, when a cross from the right landed at Wright-Phillips’ feet in the middle of the box. Last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner took care of the rest, slamming it into the top right corner.
The match took another turn in the 70th minute, when Techera was shown a straight red card for what was deemed to be a high boot on New York’s Sal Zizzo, setting up a frantic finish. New York came on strong with the man advantage, but Whitecaps FC managed to hold firm.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The ‘Caps were without five players due to injury on Thursday, including attacking midfielders Christian Bolaños (knee), Nicolas Mezquida (hip), and Yordy Reyna (foot), who underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
  • New striker Fredy Montero also did not feature as he continues to work up his fitness, but Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said that the Colombian striker will “definitely be involved” in the second leg on March 2 at BC Place.
  • In addition to Techera, Hurtado will miss the second leg due to caution accumulation.


MATCH DETAILS
Referee:
 César Arturo Ramos

Scoring Summary
39′ – VAN – Kekuta Manneh (Kendall Waston)
61′ – NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Gonzalo Verón)

Statistics
Possession: New York 67.8% – Vancouver 32.2%
Shots: New York 14 – Vancouver 9
Shots on Goal: New York 2 – Vancouver 4
Saves: New York 3 – Vancouver 1
Fouls: New York 7 – Vancouver 19
Offsides: New York 4 – Vancouver 2
Corners: New York 7 – Vancouver 1

Cautions
41′ – VAN – Tim Parker

55′ – VAN – Erik Hurtado
80′ – NY – Sacha Kljestan

Ejection
70′ – VAN – Cristian Techera

New York Red Bulls
31.Luis Robles; 15.Sal Zizzo, 78.Aurelien Collin,  33.Aaron Long, 20.Justin Bilyeu; 8.Felipe, 27.Sean Davis; 16.Sacha Kljestan ©, 77.Danny Royer (7.Derrick Etienne Jr 74′); 30.Gonzalo Verón, 99.Bradley Wright-Phillips (13.Mike Grella 87′)

Substitutes not used
18.Ryan Meara, 6.Dan Metzger, 19.Alex Muyl, 55.Damien Perrinelle, 62.Michael Amir Murillo

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski (25.Sheanon Williams 76′), 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matías Laba, 31.Russell Teibert; 13.Cristian Techera, 23.Kekuta Manneh (47.Kyle Greig 80′), 67.Alphonso Davies; 19.Erik Hurtado (9.Giles Barnes 63′)

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 17.Marcel de Jong, 22.Christian Dean

PA-MODOU KAH ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

PA-MODOU KAH ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT
Experienced defender concludes a 19-year playing career spanning seven different countries
VANCOUVER, BC – Centre back Pa-Modou Kah announced his retirement on Tuesday, concluding a 19-year professional career that included playing for clubs in seven different countries. Kah will continue in his role as a Whitecaps FC staff coach.
“It’s been an amazing 20 years and although it saddens me to be hanging up the boots for good, I feel incredibly grateful to be given the chance to start coaching for Whitecaps FC and continue my journey here in Vancouver,” Kah. “Thank you Whitecaps FC, for believing in me and giving me this tremendous opportunity.”
http://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2017/02/21/kah-retirement-letter-nahla
PA-MODOU KAH ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • More than 400 professional matches and 30 goals scored
  • 10 international caps and one goal with Norway’s national team
  • Club career in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United States, and Canada
  • 34 appearances and three goals with Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Won the 2002 Norwegian Football Cup with Vålerenga, and the 2015 Voyageurs Cup with Whitecaps FC
Kah started 28 of his 30 MLS appearances with Whitecaps FC while scoring three goals. The 36-year-old centre back also started three CONCACAF Champions League matches and one Canadian Championship match, including winning the 2015 Voyageurs Cup with the ‘Caps.
In August of 2016, Kah joined Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) as a player/coach with the club’s USL side. The veteran defender made three regular season appearances as a player, while also helping the team reach the Western Conference Final as an assistant coach.
Prior to joining the ‘Caps, Kah spent two seasons with Portland Timbers, starting all 40 of his MLS appearances, as well as four MLS Cup Playoff matches, two U.S. Open Cup games, and one CONCACAF Champions League match.
Born in Banjul, The Gambia, Kah and his family moved to Norway when he was eight years old. The former Norwegian international went on to begin his professional career with Vålerenga in Oslo, scoring nine goals in 94 appearances from 1998 to 2003. He won the Norwegian Football Cup with Vålerenga in 2002.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound centre back then left Norway to play with Swedish club AIK from 2003 to 2004, making 29 appearances and scoring three goals.
After parts of two seasons with AIK, Kah transferred to Roda JC in the Netherlands in 2004 and went on to make 189 league appearances and score 12 goals during his time with the club.  Prior to coming to MLS, Kah played for Qatari club Al Khor from 2011 to 2013, with a loan to Qatar SC in 2012, followed by a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda in 2013.
Internationally, Kah made 10 appearances for Norway, scoring one goal for his country in a 1-0 win over Austria on November 22, 2002.

PORTLAND TIMBERS TOO STRONG FOR VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

Match report courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 – VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1
Whitecaps FC close preseason with 2-1 loss to Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, OREGON – The 2017 preseason drew to a close on Wednesday evening as Vancouver Whitecaps FC suffered a 2-1 loss to host Portland Timbers in their final tuneup match at Providence Park.

Cristian Techera came on in the second half for the ‘Caps to drill a direct free kick goal in the 84th minute, but it would not be enough as Timbers built an insurmountable lead in the first half behind goals from Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi.

With the result, the ‘Caps wrap up their preseason campaign with a 2W-2L-2D record and turn their sights to the CONCACAF Champions League matchup versus New York Red Bulls. Vancouver’s historic first foray the tournament’s quarterfinal round begins with the road leg at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, February 22. The return leg takes place on Thursday, March 2, at BC Place.

Head coach Carl Robinson made eight changes to his XI from last Sunday’s draw against Real Salt Lake, with Marcel de Jong, Russell Teibert, and Giles Barnes each getting the consecutive start, and de Jong sliding from the backline to the attacking wing.

The two sides traded half-chances in the opening minutes before Timbers found their groove attacking from the left side. Winger Darlington Nagbe and fullback Vytas connected twice in a two-minute span, first setting up a Valeri header to open the scoring in the 26th minute, then serving up a tidy Adi half-volley shortly after. The pair of technical finishes gave Portland a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
‘Caps goalkeeper David Ousted continued to get tested in the second half but came up huge with a number of reaction saves, including a pair against Valeri and Timbers forward Darren Mattocks in the 73rd minute.

Whitecaps FC cut the lead in half in the 80th minute after substitute Kyle Greig drew a foul outside the top of the box. Techera converted on the ensuing direct free kick, finding the top-right corner of the net past Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
It was too little, too late, however, as the ‘Caps were forced to play the final minutes down a man after Yordy Reyna limped off the pitch with an apparent left foot injury and Robinson having already used up all of his field substitutes.

The ‘Caps now return to Vancouver following their 10-day preseason training camp in Portland tomorrow, to make their final preparations prior to next week’s Champions League road clash against New York. The team kicks off their home slate in two weeks, beginning with the Champions League second leg matchup versus Red Bulls on Thursday, March 2, then their MLS season opener against Philadelphia Union on Sunday, March 5.

MATCH DETAILS
Scoring Summary
26′ – POR – Diego Valeri (Vytas, Darlington Nagbe)
28′ – POR – Fanendo Adi (Vytas, Darlington Nagbe)
80′ – VAN – Cristian Techera

Cautions
48′ – POR – Liam Ridgewell
64′ – VAN – Matias Laba
84′ – VAN – Sheanon Williams

Portland Timbers
90.Jake Gleeson, 2.Alvas Powell, 13.Lawrence Olum, 24.Liam Ridgewell © (47.Rennico Clarke 60′), 5.Vytas; 20.David Guzmán, 21.Diego Chara; 27.Dairon Asprilla (19.Victor Arboleda 60′), 8.Diego Valeri (23.Jack Barmby 77′), 6.Darlington Nagbe; 9.Fanendo Adi (11.Darren Mattocks 60′)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski (25.Sheanon Williams 62′), 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker (22.Christian Dean 77′), 2.Jordan Harvey; 15.Matias Laba, 31.Russell Teibert (8.Andrew Jacobson HT); 67.Alphonso Davies (13.Cristian Techera 62′), 9.Giles Barnes (47.Kyle Greig 77′), 17.Marcel de Jong (29.Yordy Reyna HT); 19.Erik Hurtado (23.Kekuta Manneh 62′)

YORDY REYNA FINDS THE NET FOR FIRST WHITECAPS GOAL

Match report courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1 – REAL SALT LAKE 1
Reyna scores first goal for ‘Caps in penultimate preseason match

PORTLAND, OR – Newcomer Yordy Reyna scored his first goal for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in his second preseason appearance as the ‘Caps played to a 1-1 draw versus Real Salt Lake at the Portland Timbers preseason tournament on Sunday.

Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson made nine changes to his starting XI from last Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC. Only central midfielder Andrew Jacobson and attacker Kekuta Manneh remained, with the latter moving to left wing from his previous central attacking role.
Giles Barnes looked the likeliest to score for the ‘Caps in the opening half, first hitting a shot over the crossbar on nine minutes, then striking one at goalkeeper Nick Rimando on 32 minutes after being played in by striker Kyle Greig, who was also very active in the first half.
Though both teams had chances, neither team could forge ahead before halftime as the score held at 0-0 going into the break.

Robinson made a pair of attack-minded substitutions going into the last 45 minutes, bringing on Reyna for Marco Bustos, as well as Cristian Techera for Kekuta Manneh.
In the 57th minute, the ‘Caps were involved in their first Video Assistant Replay (VAR) decision. On the play, Techera’s arm came in contact with the face of RSL midfielder Ricardo Velasco. After review to determine if there was a red card infraction, Techera was issued a yellow card from the referee.
The first goal of the match came in the 70th minute. After substitute Alphonso Davies collected an RSL turnover at the top of the box, Reyna quickly received the ball, cut past a defender and curled a shot off the far post and in for his first tally wearing the Blue and White.
With eight minutes to go, Salt Lake tied things up through the foot of substitute Jordan Allen, who broke in on goal and beat goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi for a 1-1 final score.

The ‘Caps play their final preseason match this coming Wednesday, February 15 versus the host Portland Timbers. One week later, they begin their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series on the road against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, February 22, with the decisive second leg taking place at BC Place on Thursday, March 2.

Scoring Summary
70′ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Alphonso Davies)
83′ – RSL – Jordan Allen (Joao Plata)

Stats
Shots: Vancouver 7 – Salt Lake 20
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 3 – Salt Lake 4
Saves: Vancouver 3 – Salt Lake 2
Fouls: Vancouver 13 – Salt Lake 12
Offsides: Vancouver 2 – Salt Lake 2
Corners: Vancouver 3 – Salt Lake 7

Cautions
58′ – VAN – Cristian Techera
59′ – VAN – Sheanon Williams
77′ – RSL – Sunday Stephen

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
70.Paolo Tornaghi; 25.Sheanon Williams, 14.Cole Seiler, 22.Christian Dean, 17.Marcel de Jong; 8.Andrew Jacobson (30.Ben McKendry 70′), 31.Russell Teibert (66.Michael Baldisimo 86′); 32.Marco Bustos (29.Yordy Reyna HT), 9.Giles Barnes (67.Alphonso Davies 69′), 23.Kekuta Manneh (13.Cristian Techera HT); 47.Kyle Greig (19.Erik Hurtado 63′)

Real Salt Lake
18.Nick Rimando (24.Matt Van Oekel 59′); 2.Tony Beltran (70.Jordan Allen 59′), 4.David Horst (21.Aaron Maund 59′), 28.Chris Schuler (36.Emilio Orozco 59′), 16.Chris Wingert (17.Demar Phillips 59′); 12.Omar Holness (8.Sunday Stephen 59′), 35.Charlie Adams (19.Luke Mulholland 59′); 31.Andrew Brody (38.Chandler Hoffman HT) (32.Max Lachowecki 59′), 20.Luis Silva (11.Albert Rusnak 59′), 22.Ricardo Velasco (10.Joao Plata 59′); 13.Chad Barrett (14.Yura Movsisyan 59′)

CANADA EDGE MEXICO IN NARROW 3-2 VICTORY

– THE CANADIANS START 2017 WITH A WIN

  • ENTERTAINING FIRST HALF SAW CANADA LEAD 3-1 AT HALF TIME

 

By Todd May

BC Place – Vancouver, BC

After coming off yet another successful Summer Olympics, the FIFA Ranked #4 Canadian Women’s team were looking to kick off their 2017 campaign in style vs. #26 Mexico.

The visiting Mexican’s notched the first effort of the match after just 6 minutes when Kiana Palacios latched onto to a through ball. The strikers first touch was exquisite but her shot was dragged disappointingly wide of the far post.

It would instead be the Canadians who opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Deanne Rose turned 30 yards out from goal and ran at the defender, she beat her in the foot race with the ball and scored with a little chip over the goalkeeper to get the first goal of the game.

Unfortunately, hero turned to villain just a few minutes later when Rose made a schoolgirl error giving away the ball cheaply in front of her own goal. Nancy Antonio collected the errant pass 25 yards out from goal, skipped past the first defender and smashed her effort into the bottom corner for the equalizer.

The Canadians retook the lead after just 25 minutes when Janine Beckie squeezed in an effort from the top of the box. A poor clearing header by the Mexican’s fell invitingly to the waiting Canadian. After a few nervous touches, the winger finally managed to get the ball from underneath her and slid in to score the games third goal.

39 minutes in and Christina Murilla brought down Christine Sinclair inside the box with a clumsy tackle. Up steps Beckie to get her second goal of the game extending the lead to 3-1.

Right on the stroke of half time, Gomez-Junco struck from well outside the box only to be denied by the crossbar. It would have been the perfect time to snatch a goal and a lifeline to get back into the match but the Canadians would retain the lead and go in the happier side leading 3-1.

 

The Mexican’s came racing out the blocks after the interval and had an effort in the first minute by captain Monica Ocampo. Sub keeper Sabrina D’Angelo was equal to the challenge parrying away the low drive.

An hour into the game, and the visitors were back in it. A dangerous in-swinging corner was flapped at by the Canadian keeper, it allowed a simple tap in at the back post by striker Kaitlyn Johnson for the Mexican’s.

With 30 minutes still to go, the score was 3-2 Canada.

Canada made a string of substitutions bringing on some of their outgoing retiring veterans disrupting the flow of the Mexican’s and allowing the Canadian’s to get some fresh legs and tactical advice on to the pitch.

The Canadian’s continued giving giving away cheap fouls, one of which led to a free kick in a very dangerous area. Luckily for them the effort on goal went high and wide, as were several others.

Canada would see out the final minutes despite being under the kosh for good chunks of the second half. Final score Canada 3-2 Mexico.

WHITECAPS LIFT CASCADIA TROPHY WITH 4-1 WIN

-EMPHATIC PERFORMANCE ENSURES ANOTHER YEAR IN CASCADIA CUP GLORY

-TIMBERS KNOCKED OUT OF PLAYOFFS WITH HEAVY LOSS

-‘CAPS END SEASON ON A HIGH AFTER A SEASON OF AGONY

By TODD MAY

— BC PLACE, VANCOUVER BC

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.
GAME DETAILS
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)

Statistics
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

Cautions
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

 

CANADIAN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO PLAY AT BC PLACE

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.

WHITECAPS SEASON AS GOOD AS OVER

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.

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

Goals
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

Cautions
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.

WHITECAPS MARCH ON AFTER 4-1 CLINICAL WIN OVER CENTRAL FC

 

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.

 

GAME DETAILS

Attendance: 17,038

Referee: Luis Enrique Santander

 

Gols

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)

 

Stats

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

 

Cautions

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

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