‘Caps continue offensive onslaught

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    Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic (1) . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn LA Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham (1)

    Alphonso Davies scored a goal and tallied a new club MLS record three assists to lead Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-5L-5D) to a wild 5-2 victory over Orlando City SC (6W-7L-1D) at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.

    Vancouver Whitecaps Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    Kei Kamara recorded a brace, and Yordy Reyna and Nicolás Mezquida each slotted a goal apiece for the ‘Caps, whose five goals tied their club MLS record for most in a single match, previously set last October 25, 2017 in their Knockout Round victory over San Jose Earthquakes in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

    Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy, goalkeeper David Bingham  (1).Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs
    LA Galaxy, goalkeeper David Bingham (1).Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    The white-hot ‘Caps offence has now tallied 16 goals in their last six matches.

    The ‘Caps opened the scoring when Felipe initiated a counter attack with Davies going on an amazing run from halfway to the Orlando penalty area, before setting up Kamara in the 36th minute.

    Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs
    LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    The Lions went down to 10 men in the second half after Mohamed El-Munir brought down Jake Nerwinski on the right flank in the 58th minute, resulting in the City left back’s second yellow card of the match, and an automatic send-off. El-Munir will have to sit out two matches for yellow card accumulation and the red card.

    Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs
    LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    Orlando City evened the scoring at 1-1 in the 64th minute after forward Josué Colman played the ball out wide to Tony Rocha, whose low cross was met by Sacha Kljestan, placing his shot in the bottom-right corner.

    The ‘Caps retook the lead in the 76th minute after a determined Nerwinski did well to keep the ball in play in the Orlando box with his sliding effort, which found Jordon Mutch at the top of the box. The Englishman’s low shot was parried but Davies was on hand to pick up the pieces from close range.

    Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs
    LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    Vancouver were then awarded a penalty kick when Reyna drew a foul from City centre back Amro Tarek inside the box less than 10 minutes later, which Kamara took care of with a cool finish for the 3-1 advantage.

    Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn
    Vancouver Whitecaps vs
    LA Galaxy . Photo by ISN Photographer Simon Fearn

    But the ‘Caps weren’t done there. Davies continued his attack into the Lions defence, setting up Reyna and Mezquida for a pair of goals in the 87th and 90th minutes to put the match away. Orlando received a consolation goal in added time after Dom Dwyer came on late to score from close range, making the final tally 5-2.

    Whitecaps FC now go on a two-week break for the FIFA World Cup. They are back in action on Saturday, June 23 when they visit Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

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