Vancouver 3 (Rosales, Waston, Rivero (p.k.)) – San Jose 1 (Amarikwa)
The Vancouver Whitecaps used two first half goals from Mauro Rosales and Kendall Waston to comfortably beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Sunday afternoon at BC Place. Octavio Rivero would add a third goal on a penalty kick after being brought down in the box, while David Ousted got an assist from the crossbar after being beaten by a Shae Salinas shot late to keep the match at 3-0. San Jose would get a consolation goal from Quincy Amarikwa late but it was not enough as the Whitecaps ran out 3-1 winners.
The Whitecaps took an early lead through Mauro Rosales, as he pounced on a loose ball in the box after Kekuta Manneh’s run was stopped by a defender. Rosales slotted home past San Jose keeper David Bingham only five minutes into the match to give the Whitecaps the 1-0 lead.
On twelve minutes San Jose was forced to make their first substitution, as Paulo Renato came in for an injured Clarence Goodson.
In the 32nd minute Kendall Waston doubled the Whitecaps lead as he rose to meet the corner delivery from Mauro Rosales before heading into the corner of the net to make it 2-0 Whitecaps.
In the 36th minute Gershon Koffie earned a yellow for a foul on Matias Garcia in midfield.
Late in the first half Pa-Modou Kah had an almost embarrassing moment as he was arguing with the assistant referee as Christian Dean’s backpass went by him, but David Ousted was there to spare Kah’s blushes.
Just before halftime Quincy Amarikwa earned a yellow card for running into Kah as he was trying to clear the ball.
The Whitecaps would go into the half with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Vancouver almost made it 3-0 early in the 2nd half as Kekuta Manneh sprung Octavio Rivero on the counter attack, with Rivero just putting his low shot across goal and wide of the mark.
A few minutes later Octavio Rivero was brought down in the box and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Rivero would then step up and place his shot low to the right of David Bingham to make it 3-0 Vancouver.
Nicolas Mezquida would earn a yellow card in the 59th minute for fouling Garcia off a set piece, earning a shove from former Whitecaps Shea Salinas before the teams separated.
On 62 minutes Russell Teibert would come on for Gershon Koffie, who had earned a yellow card earlier in the match. Five minutes later Nicolas Mezquida would come on for Pedro Morales. Soon after Mauro Rosales looked to have pulled or strained a muscle, and would have to come off for Erik Hurtado. San Jose countered by bringing on Marc Pelosi for Chris Wondolowski, who had played 60 minutes the day before for the US national team in their Gold Cup loss to Panama.
On 75 minutes David Ousted was forced into his first save of the night as Cordell Cato tested him from just outside the box, but the MLS All Star keeper was equal to the task. A few minutes later Shae Salinas would put a shot on goal but right into the palms of Ousted who didn’t have to move.
Salinas did beat Ousted a minute later but not the crossbar as the ball bounced off the underside of the bar and out to keep the score at 3-0.
San Jose would make their final substitution late as Tommy Thompson came on for Marvell Wynne.
Quincy Amarikwa would score a consolation goal for San Jose late in the match at 3-1, and Russell Teibert would earn a yellow card in stoppage time.
The match would end 3-1 for the Vancouver Whitecaps, moving into 2nd place with 36 points in the MLS Western Conference. The Whitecaps will now play a home and away series with the Seattle Sounders, with an MLS matchup in Seattle on Saturday, August 1st, with the return leg being the Whitecaps first Concacaf Champions League match back at BC Place on Wednesday August 5th.