Whitecaps FC Down Dynamo FC 6-2
VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC recorded a 6-2 victory against Western Conference side Houston Dynamo FC this Wednesday evening at BC Place.
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The 'Caps opened the first half by scoring the fastest goal in their Major League Soccer history inside the 15th second of the match. After a long pass was played through the centre and off a Dynamo defender, Brian White controlled the ball and then passed it to Pedro Vite, whose strike found the back of the net.
Fast forward to the eighth minute, Houston responded on their own with a counter attack. Coco Carrasquilla's cross from the right side of the field connected to Corey Baird, and the forward's close range shot would even the match.
The away side continued to attack. Daniel Steres' long through ball found Amine Bassi, and after a soft first touch he followed up with a tidy finish in the 16th minute.
The goals continued to pour down at BC Place. Fullback Luís Martins whipped a quick ball from the left flank of the field, Ryan Gauld's header fell to Julian Gressel, as the midfielder then sent in a powerful volley to make it 2-2 in the 18th minute of the match.
Right after the halftime interval, the 'Caps scored on a play drawn up by assistant coach Michael D'Agostino. A ball forward saw attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld hit a strong volley attempt off the post. Striker Brian White then followed suit with a rebound goal to put his squad up 3-2, 10 seconds into the second half.
The Blue & White were far from done.
The 'Caps sprung themselves on a counter attack later on in the 59th minute. Gressel converted a rebound effort to give his squad a 4-2 cushion.
The scoring continued with midfielder Sebastian Berhalter thundering home a volley strike for his first career goal in the 88th minute.
Minutes later, the record came for the 'Caps. After patiently waiting down the midfield, Berhalter's assist to Gauld in the 95th minute made things 6-2 for the 'Caps.
The Blue & White continue their four-game home stand with a matchup against Western Conference rivals Sporting Kansas City this coming Saturday, June 3.
Whitecaps FC will then host CF Montréal in the Canadian Championship Final on Wednesday, June 7, with kickoff at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets start at $32 and are included for season ticket members. The club will be paying for 50 per cent off all drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, from the patio until kickoff. The first 15,000 fans will also receive a limited edition rally towel. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com/runitback.
VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Ryan Gauld
Referee: Mark Allatin
1' - VAN - Pedro Vite (Brian White)
8' - HOU - Corey Baird (Coco Carrasquilla, Amine Bassi)
16' - HOU - Amine Bassi (Daniel Steres)
18' - VAN - Julian Gressel (Ryan Gauld, Luís Martins)
46' - VAN - Brian White
59' - VAN - Julian Gressel
88' - VAN - Sebastian Berhalter
90'+5' - VAN - Ryan Gauld (Sebastian Berhalter, Déiber Caicedo)
Possession: VAN 47% - HOU 53%
Shots: VAN 16 - HOU 13
Shots on Goal: VAN 7 - HOU 7
Saves: VAN 5 - HOU 1
Fouls: VAN 12 - HOU 7
Offsides: VAN 3 - HOU 1
Corners: VAN 3 - HOU 2
41' - VAN - Julian Gressel
66' - HOU - Micael dos Santos
69' - HOU - Coco Carrasquilla
70' - VAN - Mathías Laborda
85' - HOU - Steve Clark
69' - HOU - Nelson Quinones
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18.Yohei Takaoka; 23.Javain Brown (4.Ranko Veselinović HT), 2.Mathías Laborda, 6.Tristan Blackmon, 14.Luís Martins; 19.Julian Gressel (31.Russell Teibert 72'), 20.Andrés Cubas, 8.Alessandro Schöpf (16.Sebastian Berhalter 63'); 45.Pedro Vite (7.Déiber Caicedo 78'), 25.Ryan Gauld ©; 24.Brian White (9.Sergio Córdova 72')
Substitutes not used
32.Isaac Boehmer, 12.Karifa Yao, 27.Ryan Raposo, 29.Simon Becher
Houston Dynamo FC
12.Steve Clark; 2.Franco Escobar, 5.Daniel Steres (28.Erik Sviatchenko 79'), 4.Ethan Bartlow, 31.Micael dos Santos; 16.Hector Herrera © (7.Ivan Franco 89'), 6.Artur (27.Luis Caicedo 79'), 20.Coco Carrasquilla; 11.Corey Baird (21.Nelson Quinones 63'), 18.Ibrahim Aliyu (34.Thor Ulfarsson 63'), 8.Amine Bassi
Substitutes not used
13.Andrew Tarbell, 9.Sebastian Ferreira, 30.Chase Gasper, 35.Brooklyn Raines - whitecapsfc.com -
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