Despite a stunning volley from Yordy Reyna, Vancouver Whitecaps FC could not get past a stubborn New York City FC, as they lost 3-1 at BC Place on Saturday evening.
Back home from a long road trip and playing their third game in a week, Vancouver head coach Marc Dos Santos made two changes to the side that faced Montreal Impact on Wednesday night, recalling Fredy Montero and Andy Rose.
In a stoppage-heavy first 45 minutes, the ‘Caps twice fell victim to misfortune, first losing right-back Jake Nerwinski to an ankle injury and then having a penalty overturned by VAR.
New York City FC would find the scoresheet first though. Leading goalscorer Héber clinically netted his 14th goal of the season early on, before Gary Mackay-Steven added a second following a neat New York passing play.
Then came the VAR decision, to the frustration of Whitecaps FC. Tosaint Ricketts appeared to be fouled in the penalty box, with the referee awarding a spot kick. The penalty could have got Vancouver back in the game but the video review system overturned the decision, much to the displeasure of the BC Place crowd.
The incident, however, galvanised the ‘Caps as they had the better of the game after the break. Attacking in waves, an acrobatic attempt from Montero and a fierce left-foot drive from Inbeom Hwang nearly found the net – but the ‘Caps couldn’t find a way past a determined New York City FC defence.
Reyna finally got the ‘Caps back into the match, volleying in one of the goals of the season midway through the second half. The Peruvian’s seventh goal of the campaign was one to remember. Controlling it on the right after receiving a searching ball from Ricketts, Man of the Match Reyna let it drop before unveiling a wicked curling strike that found the far top corner.
That made it 2-1 and gave Whitecaps FC belief, but hopes of snatching a late equalizer were then dashed as New York scored with a long-range free kick from Alexandru Mitrita to put the game out of reach.
Whitecaps FC now turn their focus to their next game at BC Place against Houston Dynamo on Saturday, September 14. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. PT.
WFC Man of the Match: Yordy Reyna
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
10’ – NYC – Héber (Alexandru Mitrita, Tony Rocha)
26’ – NYC – Gary Mackay-Steven
64’ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Tosaint Ricketts)
72’ – NYC – Alexandru Mitrita
45’+4’ – VAN – Inbeom Hwang
49’ – VAN – Doneil Henry
79’ – VAN – Michaell Chirinos
85’ – NYC – Alexandru Mitrita