Vancouver 1 (Morales) – DC United 2 (Boswell, Rolfe)
Pedro Morales would score just two minutes into the match, but DC United would tie it midway through the first through a Bobby Boswell header. Matias Laba would be sent off for his 2nd yellow card right before half time, and DC United would score the winner in the 64th minute via Chris Rolfe. The Whitecaps had six minutes of added time to try and equalize and created chance after chance but would be unable to get the equalizer. The Whitecaps next match is in Portland against the Timbers next Saturday.
The Vancouver Whitecaps returned to BC Place Saturday evening after winning their last match 1-0 against a 9-man Real Salt Lake. The Whitecaps played host to DC United, with a close to sellout crowd on hand despite the Canucks playing the Flames at the same time in the NHL Playoffs.
The Whitecaps got off to a perfect start, as Octavio Rivero played provider to Pedro Morales, who found himself alone just inside the 18 yard box and calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead only two minutes in. Morales though would recieve a yellow card for taking off his shirt on the goal celebration.
9 minutes in Sam Adekugbe would find himself in the book for a two footed challenge in midfield. Right after that DC United would tie the match with the Whitecaps failing to clear a header in the box, with Bobby Boswell heading past David Ousted into the net to tie the match 1-1.
28 minutes in the Whitecaps would get another great chance on goal on a corner kick, with Octavio Rivero heading goalward but United keeper Andrew Dykstra made the save. Rivero would put another header towards goal a few minutes later from open play but his effort would go wide of the mark.
On 34 minutes Matias Laba would get yellow for a deliberate handball as United tried to counter off a Whitecaps corner.
In the 42nd minute Matias Laba earned a 2nd yellow card for a foul on Fabian Espindola after the United forward had gotten past the midfielder. Laba was then shown a red and sent off, putting the Whitecaps down to 10 men.
At the half, Darren Mattocks would be substituted off for Gershon Koffie in midfield. Fast forward to the 55th minute and end to end action at both ends, first it was David Ousted making big saves on first Fabian Espindola and then Chris Rolfe on a shot from the edge of the box off a corner. Then at the other end it was Mauro Rosales who cut back inside and hit the post, with Morales getting on the rebound and directing it towards goal but his effort would be blocked by the United defence.
Soon after Andrew Dykstra would come off with an apparent injury and would be replaced with backup keeper Travis Worra.
In the 64th minute Chris Rolfe would put DC United ahead on a goal from just inside the box after a couple of give and go’s originating in midfield.
In the 70th minute Carl Robinson would bring on Kekuta Manneh on for Russell Teibert in an effort to level the match.
In the 76th minute both teams would make substitutions, with DC United bringing on Luis Silva on for Chris Rolfe. The Whitecaps would counter with Christian Techera, making his MLS debut in place of Mauro Rosales.
Perry Kitchen earned a yellow card late in the match for a foul just outside the box, and a couple minutes later Michael Farfan earned a card for a push on Techera. DC United would make their final substitution right on 90 minutes, as Conor Doyle came on for Chris Pontius.
The Whitecaps got a generous 6 minutes of extra time from the 4th official as they attempted to rescue a point from the match. As the 6 minute were being announced Techera struck a left footer on target, but right at Worra who made the save. A couple minute later off a corner the ball would land on the foot of Rivero at the edge of the 6 foot box but all he could do was blast wide of the target. The Whitecaps would get another chance as a Pedro Morales free kick laned at the foot of Sam Adekugbe but he scuppered his shot wide. The Whitecaps would run out of chances and out of time as the referee blew the whistle with the match ending 2-1 for DC United.