Vancouver 3 (Morales, Rivero, Mattocks) – Philadelphia 0
The Vancouver Whitecaps took advantage of some sloppy defensive play by the Philadelphia Union, but would need an energizing save by David Ousted to get them going before taking a 2-0 lead through Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero into the half. Late in the match Philadelphia earned a red card through Richie Marquez for a foul on Christian Techera, before substitute Darren Mattocks killed off the match in the 80th minute.
The Vancouver Whitecaps returned to BC Place after being snowed out in Edmonton midweek, and played host to the Philadelphia Union under an open dome Saturday afternoon. Whitecaps Head Coach Carl Robinson made a couple changes to his starting lineup, with Tim Parker getting his first MLS start at right back ahead of the injured Steven Beitashour. Matias Laba also retuned to the lineup after serving his suspension he earned in the last home match versus D.C. United.
Not even 10 minutes into the match Mauro Rosales was calling for a substitute from the bench, and 11 minutes into the match he was subbed off for Christian Techera. Rosales’ injury would be revealed as a tight right quad.
On 20 minutes Matias Laba and Union midfielder Andrew Wenger crashed into each other, with Laba taking the worst of it. Both players would stay on the pitch for a minute before being able to carry on with play.
In the 26th minute David Ousted was forced to come up with a big save as a shot on goal from Eric Ayuk deflected into the path of Andrew Wegner who put it on goal from a yard out, but Ousted managed to get his palm onto the ball on the goal line and keep it out to keep the match scoreless.
On 32 minutes Pedro Morales gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 lead. Octavio Rivero was fouled in midfield with the ball deflecting to Christian Techera. The referee played advantage as Techera found Morales behind the Union defence. Union keeper Brian Sylvestre would come out to challege but Morales curled the ball around him and into the net to give the Whitecaps the lead.
Right before the half Octavio Rivero took advantage of a defensive miscue to give the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead. Rivero took the all off the foot of a stumbling Ethan White and was in all alone on Sylvestre who was helpless as Rivero put it past him at put the Whitecaps up by two going into the half.
The Whitecaps had a chance to make it 3-0 on a couple occasions right after the restart, as first Christian Techera curled a shot just past the far post from the right side, and then right after that Kekuta Manneh cut into the middle at the six yard box, forcing Sylvestre into a toe save to keep the match at 2-0. Techera would have another chance a few minutes late but would shoot right at Sylvestre who made the easy save.
On 61 minutes, as Brian Sylvestre being looked at after grabbing a corner kick, Philadelphia made a couple of substitutions, with Andrew Wenger and Fernando Aristeguieta coming off for Vinent Naqueira and former Whitecap Sebastian Le Toux.
On 68 minutes Octavio Rivero came off for Darren Mattocks as Carl Robinson looked to put more speed up front to kill off the match.
On 76 minutes the Union would bring on Conor Casey for Ethan White as they attempted to claw back from a 2-0 deficit. However, only a couple minutes later, and Richie Marquez would be sent off on a straight red card for a foul on Christian Techera as he caught him with a studs up challenge. Techera would be shown a yellow of his own a couple minutes later but not before Darren Mattocks almost made it 3-0 by trying to chip the keeper, just missing over the bar.
Mattocks would atone for his miss on 80 minutes as he absolutely bamboozled Maurice Edu in the box before shooting past Brian Sylvestre to make it 3-0 caps.
Carl Robinson would bring on Robert Earnshaw for a cameo to replace Pedro Morales with only a few minutes left in the match, as the Whitecaps beat 10 man Philadelphia 3-0. The Whitecaps now prepare for a busy week as they host Edmonton FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semi-final before hosting Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders on the weekend.