Vancouver 2 (Juliao (o.g.), Mattocks) – Kansas City 0
The Vancouver Whitecaps used two first half goals, the first an own goal by Sporting Kansas City defender Igor Juliao and the 2nd a Darren Mattocks effort off the counter attack to beat the current MLS Champions 2-0. Mattocks had a chance for a 2nd late on a penalty kick, but his effort was stopped by substitute keeper Jon Kempin. At the other end, David Ousted earned his 2nd clean sheet in a row as the Whitecaps finally earned a win after drawing their last 4 matches.
The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted MLS Champions Sporting Kansas City Sunday evening at BC Place. Before the match the Whitecaps honoured Andrea Neil into the ring of honour, with Neil having played for both the Whitecaps and Canadian Women’s national teams for a number of years. Head Coach Carl Robinson made one change to the starting lineup that last played in Chicago, with Andy O’Brien replacing Carlyle Mitchell in the starting lineup.
The Whitecaps had the first good chance on goal 5 minutes in as Sebastian Fernandez got onto the end of a Steven Beitashour cross and directed the ball back towards Darren Mattocks, who spun and shot with his effort from close range just going off KC’s Aurelier Collin for a corner. The subsequent corner kick though would eventually go out for a goal kick.
The Whitecaps would take the lead on 18 minutes as a Pedro Morales long ball was headed by Sporting KC defender Igor Juliao into his own net, with Juliao miscommunicating with his keeper as to where the ball should go.
In the 25th minute Dom Dwyer earned a yellow card for a foul on Johnny Leveron by the Whitecaps corner flag, and before the restart Kendall Waston was introduced to the BC Place crowd earning a nice cheer.
In the 30th minute Pedro Morales lined up a free kick opportunity and went short side on KC keeper Andy Gruenebaum, who spilled the shot to the near side but recovered the rebound in time.
In the 39th minute Darren Mattocks made it 2-0 as he broke 2 on 1 with Pedro Morales on the KC goal. Morales laid the ball off to Mattocks at the edge of the 18 yard box and Mattocks made no mistake in doubling the Whitecaps lead.
In first half stoppage time the Whitecaps almost had their third goal, with Sebastian Fernandez poking it past the keeper but Aurelier Collin cleared off the line. Fernandez then took the rebound and was scythed down by Matt Besler, but the referee only gave a corner kick instead of a penalty kick. The Whitecaps would fail to take advantage of the corner, but would take a 2-0 lead in to the half.
Sporting KC changed keepers to start the 2nd half, with Jon Kempin coming on for Andy Gruenebaum. Play was halted momentarily in the 47th minute as Erik Hurtado collided with a KC player near the Whitecaps 18 yard box, but would manage to walk off the to the sideline with help from a member of the training staff.
In the 61st minute Benny Feilhaber earned a yellow card for a foul on Gershon Koffie in the midfield. Erik Hurtado then earned a yellow for a foul in midfield soon after.
In the 63rd minute KC made their 2nd substitution, with C.J. Sapong coming in for Igor Juliao. Soon after, Erik Hurtado was replaced by Medhi Ballouchy, who was making his Whitecaps FC home debut after being signed at the beginning of the season while recovering from an ACL injury.
In the 69th minute the Whitecaps had another chance on goal, this time off a corner kick as Johnny Leveron met the Morales delivery with his head and directed it goalbound, but KC’s Benny Feilhaber managed to head the ball off the line to keep the match at 2-0 for the Whitecaps.
In the 72nd minute there was a clash of heads in the Whitecaps box as Jordan Harvey and Feilhaber challenged for a ball in the box. Both players would eventually walk off and resume play.
In the 77th minute Russell Teibert would come on for Pedro Morales, who looked a little fatigued on the day. KC would make their final substitution soon after as Soony Saad came on for Jacob Peterson. The Whitecaps would make their final substitution, with Darren Mattocks originally supposed to come off but Sebastian Fernandez would come off as he was cramping up, with Omar Salgado replacing him. Jordan Harvey would then get a yellow card for apparently time wasting, but he had just gotten the ball for the throw in.
KC’s Aurelier Collin finally got caught bringing down defenders in the box after bringing down Omar Salgado in the box. Darren Mattocks stepped up to take the penalty, but Jon Kempin did enough to push it onto the bar and out to keep it 2-0.
The 4th referee put up 5 minutes of added time at the end of the match, making for some potentially nervy moments at the end of the match.
KC would put pressure on near the end of stoppage time but the Whitecaps defense held its ground before C.J. Sapong finally headed over the bar on a corner.
The Whitecaps would celebrate a well deserved 2-0 win over the current MLS champions Sporting Kansas City. Pedro Morales earned man of the match honors for his efforts in the match, and the Whitecaps finally get the win they’ve been searching for over the past few weeks.