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'caps Come Out Strong, But Tigres End On Top

February 14, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release


SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, MX - Vancouver Whitecaps FC showed once again that they could go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the region, but missed chances and late goals saw them fall 3-0 in the second leg against Tigres UANL to bow out of the Concacaf Champions Cup.

Vanni Sartini made two changes to his starting lineup from the first leg. Andrés Cubas returned from injury, replacing Pedro Vite in midfield, who was limited due to a tight hamstring. Sebastian Berhalter came in at right wingback for Luís Martins, who sat with hip discomfort.

While Tigres brought the pedigree of a top LIGA MX side and recent Concacaf champion, it was the 'Caps who came out strongest in the first half.

The three best chances of the half all came from the 'Caps.

Only two minutes in, Ryan Gauld got on the end of a turnover and fed Damir Kreilach close to goal, but he could not find his footing.

Later in the half Mathías Laborda had the first of two good looks. Nine minutes in on a cross off a corner kick from Berhalter, Laborda headed just wide. Then moments before halftime, another good move ended with Ryan Raposo heading it towards him yards from the net, but a sliding effort went agonizingly wide.

Tigres finally broke the deadlock in the second half. In the 51st minute, a headed ball from Fernando Gorriarán in the box caromed off the crossbar, landing invitingly at the foot of Luis Quiñones to make it 1-0.

Only four minutes later, the 'Caps had a terrific chance to draw the series level. Kreilach fed Brian White on the break, but his centering pass was cut out before it could reach Gauld for a tap-in into the gaping net.

In the 76th minute, substitute Fafà Picault tested Tigres with a long shot, but goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán got down low to make the save. Minutes later Picault was at it again, firing just wide.

In the 85th minute Ozziel Herrera headed in a cross from Diego Lainez to make it 2-0. Juan Vigón would add one more late as the final score would flatter the home side.

The 'Caps will now head to Coachella Valley in California to continue preseason preparations for the MLS season, before returning to Vancouver on February 21.

Whitecaps FC will then look ahead to their MLS season opener on Saturday, March 2 when they host Eastern Conference side Charlotte FC at BC Place for the first time. Kickoff will be at 4:30 p.m. PT, the upper bowl will be open, and more than 25,000 tickets have already been sold. For ticket information, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

MATCH DETAILS

Attendance: 24,988

Referee: Said Martínez

Scoring Summary

51' - TIG - Luis Quiñones

85' - TIG - Ozziel Herrera (Diego Lainez)

90'+1 - TIG - Juan Vigón (Ozziel Herrera)

Statistics

Possession: TIG 55% - VAN 45%

Shots: TIG 14 - VAN 10

Shots on Goal: TIG 6 - VAN 3

Saves: TIG 3 - VAN 3

Fouls: TIG 15 - VAN 14

Offsides: TIG 4 - VAN 1

Corners: TIG 9 - VAN 6

Cautions

20' - VAN - Andrés Cubas

35' - TIG - Fernando Gorriarán

40' - TIG - Juan José Purata

61' - VAN - Sebastian Berhalter

Tigres UANL

1.Nahuel Guzmán; 14.Jesús Garza, 4.Juan José Purata, 3.Samir Caetano de Souza, 27.Jesús Angulo; 8.Fernando Gorriarán (6.Juan Vigón 79'), 5.Rafael Carioca (26.Sebastián Fierro 87'); 23.Luis Quiñones (16.Diego Lainez 72'), 11.Juan Brunetta (17.Sebastian Córdova 72'), 29.Ozziel Herrera; 10.André-Pierre Gignac (9.Nicolás Ibáñez 80')

Substitutes not used

25.Felipe Rodríguez, 30.Miguel Ortega, 13.Diego Reyes, 15.Eduardo Tercero, 21.Eugenio Pizzuto, 24.Marcelo Flores, 28.Fernando Ordóñez

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1.Yohei Takaoka; 2.Mathías Laborda, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon (15.Bjørn Inge Utvik 82'); 16.Sebastian Berhalter (23.Javain Brown 61'), 8.Alessandro Schöpf (45.Pedro Vite 61'), 20.Andrés Cubas, 7.Ryan Raposo (11.Fafà Picault 72'); 25.Ryan Gauld ©; 24.Brian White, 19.Damir Kreilach (28.Levonte Johnson 81')

Substitutes not used

32.Isaac Boehmer, 50.Max Anchor, 12.Belal Halbouni,14.Luís Martins, 26.J.C. Ngando

- whitecapsfc.com -


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