Vancouver 0 – Kansas City 1 (Ellis)
The Vancouver Whitecaps failed to take their chances in a feisty match while Sporting Kansas City capitalised on theirs, using a Kevin Ellis header to go in front early in the 2nd half. The Whitecaps had a couple of chances cleared off the line, including a Tim Parker header early in the first half and a Cristian Techera chance in the 2nd. The Whitecaps fall to .500 at home but will be on the road next week against Portland Timbers
The Vancouver Whitecaps returned home after five weeks on the road to host Sporting Kansas City in an MLS Western Conference matchup Sunday evening at BC Place.
The Whitecaps push early and dominated possession in the first 15 minutes, highlighted by a Tim Parker header on goal off a corner that had to be cleared off the line by the Sporting defence.
On 16 minutes Cristian Techera went in on goal while being tugged at by a Sporting defender, Techera went down in the box and shouted for a penalty but the referee made no call.
On 20 minutes Benny Feilhaber was forced to take down Kekuta Manneh after being beaten by the speedy winger in the offensive zone and was cautioned for his efforts.
The 2nd half started out differently, as Sporting KC came out on the front foot and converted on their chance, with Kevin Ellis converting a header off a pass from Krisztian Nemeth on a 2nd chance effort off a corner.
On 57 minutes Nemeth would almost make it 2-0, hitting the post after a nice build up play by the Sporting KC offense. The ball would bounce back to another KC player who shot wide of the post.
After that Soni Mustivar earned a yellow for a foul on Mauro Rosales, before the Whitecaps brought on Deybi Flores for Gershon Koffie in the 59th minute.
The Whitecaps almost tied the match when Octavio Rivero’s back heel pass found Cristian Techera alone in the box, with his shot bouncing off the Sporting keeper, off a defender, before being cleared off the line by Feilhaber – his 2nd goal line clearance of the match.
In the 73rd minute Kendall Waston earned a yellow card for a foul just outside the Whitecaps box but nothing would come of the Sporting free kick.
In the 80th minute Erik Hurtado would come on for Kekuta Manneh in a like for like swap.
In the 82nd minute both teams would make substitutions, with Sporting bringing on Connor Hallisey for Jacob Peterson. The Whitecaps would counter with Robert Earnshaw coming on for Steven Beitashour.
Nemeth would get a yellow card for Sporting in the 86th minute for kicking the ball away from Jordan Harvey as he was attempting a free kick.
Dom Dwyer would earn a yellow card for getting into the face of Kendall Waston, before Sporting keeper Tim Meila made a goal line stop on a Whitecaps header off a free kick.
The referee would blow the whistle on an entertaining but losing result for the Whitecaps faithful at BC Place. The Whitecaps return to the road next week as they take on Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers down the I-5 at Providence Park next Saturday.