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Whitecaps 3, Impact 0: Schallibaum erupts over game-changing decision

Marco Schallibaum

Marco Schallibaum

Dropping a 3-0 decision to the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, the Montreal Impact was once again involved in a match that turned on a questionable referee’s decision. And, as a result of head coach Marco Schallibaum’s assessment of the match, assistant coach Mauro Biello might well be holding the reins next Saturday.

Fielding basically the same lineup as for the bulk of the season so far, Montreal fell behind a mere six minutes after play got underway, Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller’s eighth of the year putting his side on the score sheet from the penalty spot after Hassoun Camara was called for a handball inside the 18-metre box.

While they were outplayed by the visiting side, Montreal did have some opportunities to draw level but were unable to finish as the opening period stretched towards the half-hour mark.

In the 24th minute, Andres Romero rolled the ball through the box where Felipe took a shot at evening things but had his shot blocked by defender Jay Demerit before it was bicycled away from the critical area by midfielder Gershon Koffie.

Five minutes later Davy Arnaud and Justin Mapp combined for a kick at the can. Mapp got the ball to Arnaud but the Impact captain had his cross captured by goalkeeper David Ousted.
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Wonder goal from Donovan is enough to give Galaxy a win over the Whitecaps

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

A quick goal from Landon Donovan propelled the visiting LA Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 21,000 at BC Place Saturday evening.

Latching onto a loose ball after Andy O’Brien and Johnny Leveron both moved toward Robbie Keane in the third minute, the U.S. international powered a laser of a shot into the top left side of David Ousted’s goal in what would turn out to be game winner.

“It was just a super finish,” centre back O’Brien said after the match. “He’s sort of 20 yards out – outside the 18-yard box and to hit it so well with his left foot – it’s decided the game. I think we deserved more out of the game, but that’s the way it is.

“Sometimes a bit of brilliance like that separates winning and losing.”

It was more than just Donovan’s brilliance that separated the sides though – the play was brought about as a result of a Matt Watson giveaway within Vancouver’s half.
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Goals from Camilo and Miller allow Whitecapes to shake the Quakes

Nigel Reo-Coker: Man of the Match

Nigel Reo-Coker: Man of the Match

The Vancouver Whitecaps took down the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at BC Place Saturday evening thanks to goals from Camilo and Kenny Miller.

Vancouver’s wee Brazilian got the scoring started with a 60th minute effort, his 14th MLS goal of the campaign, which he poked past Jon Busch in the Earthquakes’ goal. Nigel Reo-Coker, who eventually earned the sponsor’s man of the match award for his play, played a crucial part in the goal, bursting past several opponents before passing the ball into the path of Camilo.

“For me, it was just being positive,” Reo-Coker said of his run forward on the game’s decisive moment. “That’s what was needed, especially in the second half, was being positive. They were getting a bit more tired and I knew all I could do was put it in the box and Camilo was in the right place at the right time.”

The effort wasn’t altogether straightforward, as Camilo was tightly marked by Steven Beitashour – but the league’s joint- scoring leader managed to get a toe on it and force it into the goal.

“I just saw him out of the corner of my eye,” Reo-Coker said of the play. “So all I could do was just put it in there. I couldn’t take it any further, so I just had to put it in the box then and hope that he could get there.”
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Harvey’s header allows Whitecaps to escape Portland with a point

Jordan Harvey

Jordan Harvey

A Jordan Harvey header secured a 1-1 draw for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in their road match with the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.

The left fullback, scoring his fourth goal of the campaign, redirected home a Camilo corner kick. The goal marked Vancouver’s first direct corner kick conversion since captain Jay DeMerit’s headed goal against Chivas USA on March 17, 2012.

The set piece goal, scored by Harvey in the 69th minute, cancelled out Ryan Johnson’s headed goal from a Diego Valeri 20 minutes earlier, and came at an opportune time as the ‘Caps found themselves outplayed and outpossessed for big chunks of the match — Portland finished the game with 57.9 per cent possession.

“We usually do set pieces right at the end [of training],” midfielder Matt Watson said on the post-match radio broadcast. “This week we did them a few more times, you know, and just really focused on the delivery. Runs and things like that. So I mean, just doing that little bit of extra work – we definitely haven’t scored too many from set pieces. We really wanted to take full advantage.
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Camilo named the MLS Player of the Month

Camilo

Camilo

Camilo’s free kick led to Omar Gonzalez’s consolation goal on Wednesday, as the MLS All-Stars lost to AS Roma 3-1 in Kansas City.

On Thursday, the Whitecaps forward and current leader of the MLS goal scoring chart was named the league’s player of the month for July. The Brazilian, who has said he wants to get his Canadian citizenship down the road, got the most first-place votes from the members of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Camilo scored four times in five July matches. The four goals gave him 13 on the season, a total that leads the league at the moment. His rise up the scoring charts allowed him to force his way onto the All-Star team.

Of the four goals, the most memorable came in a 3-1 win over Chicago — the Brazilian turned a 0-0 game upside down after he controlled a long punt up the field, danced through the Fire defence, and slotted the goal home.
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Controversial call helps Galaxy end Whitecaps’ six-game unbeaten run

Chris Penso: Overruled the linesman

Chris Penso: Overruled the linesman

The Vancouver Whitecaps couldn’t keep their six-game unbeaten run going Saturday night, falling 2-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy on the road at the StubHub Center through goals from Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes.

Camilo scored Vancouver’s lone goal on the night with a well-taken first-half strike to increase his MLS — leading tally to 13 — his recent run of form means he’s now scored 11 goals in his past 10 matches.

His goal came 19 minutes in, as right fullback Lee Young-Pyo skimmed a cross into the middle to Russell Teibert. The Canadian then knocked the ball into space immediately, which Camilo ran onto before sliding the ball under Carlo Cudicini.

Ultimately the Whitecaps couldn’t hold on though, as Villarreal equalized 10 minutes later. The play created plenty of controversy, as the assistant referee held his flag up to signal offside on the play but, after consulting with referee Chris Penso, the decision was made to award the goal.

A pool reporter asked Penso about the decision following the match.

“The assistant referee called the referee over to determine if #29 Zardes had touched the ball with his head before #33 [Villarreal] kicked the ball into the goal,” Penso wrote. “The referee determined that Zardes had not touched the ball, thus not making [Villarreal] offside. The goal was awarded.”
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Red-Camilo keeps scoring, red-hot Whitecaps keep winning

Camilo

Camilo

The Vancouver Whitecaps propelled into third place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference on Sunday, in large part due to a pair of goals from Camilo in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 20,206 at BC Place.

The Brazilian opened the scoring on 66 minutes, beating Shaun Francis one-on-one after receiving a long kick from goalkeeper Brad Knighton. Then Camilo rifled his shot past a helpless Paolo Tornaghi in the Fire goal.

The goal and the assist marked the Whitecaps’ 100th of each, respectively. Considering Camilo has played with the ‘Caps for their entire MLS existence, the strike understandably meant a lot to player.

“It’s very important for me to be on the club history,” Camilo said of scoring the milestone goal. “And I hope to continue like that.”

Knighton was equally chuffed to snatch Vancouver’s 100th league assist. It was only his second in the league after picking up his first in last weekend’s victory over the Seattle Sounders.
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Ho hum, Camilo scores again for the Whitecaps

Camilo

Camilo

Another game, another goal for Vancouver Whitecaps striker Camilo.

This time it was a late first-half free kick effort which proved to be the eventual equalizer in a 1-1 away draw against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

On the play, Camilo curled a ball into the right upper 90 from 25 yards out after Soony Saad conceded a free kick. The strike left little chance for Jimmy Nielsen to do anything but stare on helplessly as the ball spun past the post before rippling the netting.

The goal marks the Brazilian’s eighth goal in his last seven matches as he continues to smash goals in from set pieces, penalties and open play.

“He’s so consistent,” Whitecaps left fullback Jordan Harvey said of Camilo’s free kicks on the post-match radio broadcast. “Every day he’s working on it, and it’s not a surprise. When you work as much as he does, and he’s so consistent, you’re going to get goals.
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Red-hot Camilo’s penalty kick keeps Whitecaps’ winning streak alive

Camilo

Camilo

A Camilo penalty was all that was needed Saturday night at RFK Stadium, as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated D.C. United 1-0 in front of 13,122 fans.

The Brazilian banged home the winner on 48 minutes, but Matt Watson played a big role in generating the PK, tapping the ball away from Bill Hamid in the area before getting clattered by the goalkeeper.

The decision will surely be seen as controversial, given Hamid appeared to touch the ball away from the Englishman before following through on his challenge.

Camilo’s goal is his sixth in his last four games, and his ninth overall this season.
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Camilo earns Whitecaps their second POTW award in a row

Camilo

Camilo

Camilo’s two-goal, one-assist performance last Wednesday impressed enough of the voters on the North American Soccer Reporters POTW panel to give him the lion’s share of the first-place votes.

Even though the Whitecaps didn’t play on the weekend, no MLS player could come up with as headturning a performance as Camilo did on Wednesday.

Chivas USA took an early lead, but the Whitecaps stormed back with two goals in first-half stoppage time. Camilo nudged the ball over to Jordan Harvey for the equalizer, and then got the go-ahead goal as he tucked a shot inside the post after making a nice cut to beat a defender.
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