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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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Davidson apologizes to Whitecaps teammates, supporters for costly red-card offence

Jun Marques Davidson

Jun Marques Davidson

Jun Marques Davidson lost his head and the Vancouver Whitecaps lost the game Saturday night, falling 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union in front of 21,000 at BC Place.

Referee Baldomero Toledo sent Davidson off just eight minutes in after the Japanese-American headbutted Union midfielder Keon Daniel. Davidson’s reaction was a result of a reckless challenge just moments prior, in which Daniel lashed out at him while he was in a vulnerable position.

Eventually the man advantage paid off in the 85th minute, as substitute Antoine Hoppenot scored a late winner to secure the win for the visitors.

After the match, Davidson took responsibility for his actions.

“It’s just what happened,” Davidson said after the match. “I reacted wrong. For all of it, I just want to apologize to all the players. It’s very tough to play pretty much the most of the 90 minutes with 10 men. I just want to apologize to all the fans and supporters that came to watch the game.

“It’s very disappointing and what I did was wrong.”
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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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Whitecap Caleb Clarke bound for Germany: The FC Edmonton rumours can be put to rest

Caleb Clarke

Caleb Clarke

The Caleb Clarke-to-FC Edmonton talk can now be laid to rest.

The Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed Wednesday that the Canadian striker will go on a year-long loan to German side FC Augsburg.

“This is a great opportunity for Caleb to continue his development and we look forward to seeing the progress he’ll make,” said Whitecaps’ coach Martin Rennie in a release issued by the club.

Clarke, who scored twice for Canada against Nicaragua in this year’s CONCACAF U-20 Championships, has been dangled as a loan prospect all season long. In the spring, sources indicated that Clarke was close to a deal that would have sent him to FC Edmonton, but a deal fell apart right before the NASL season began. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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David Ousted officially a Whitecap

25622_ori_david_oustedThe Whitecaps confirmed Thursday what had been rumoured for the past couple of weeks: The signing of Danish keeper David Ousted.

The ‘Caps haven’t had a clean sheet in MLS play since the first week of the season, and even giving up a single goal per game is a rarity. Neither Joe Cannon or Brad Knighton have stolen results or have been effective in marshalling the back line, as organization has been a problem for the Caps.

Ousted, a 10-year vet of the Danish leagues, isn’t eligible to play till July 9. But, he brings a resume that includes 39 starts last year for Randers, his former Danish first-division side.

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Whitecaps give up first goal again, win again

Camilo

Camilo

The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their cardiac-kids routine on Wednesday, defeating Chivas USA 3-1 in front of 16,130 at BC Place despite conceding an early goal.

First-half stoppage time goals from Jordan Harvey and then Camilo 82 seconds later proved enough to turn the match, before Camilo bagged a second in the 81st minute to seal the deal.

Tristan Bowen got things going for the visitors with a knuckleball of a strike which dipped into the top left corner just seven minutes in after Harvey backed up and allowed the midfielder plenty of time on the ball.

“We got off to a bad start,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said following the match. “It was a little bit of a freak goal. The ball really spun and dipped, and went in the only place it probably could have gone in.”

But ultimately the Whitecaps responded, although it did take a while.
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Miller, red card spur Whitecaps to wild victory over the Revs

Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller

It was a night of high drama on Saturday at BC Place, as Kenny Miller bagged a brace en route to a 4-3 win over the visiting New England Revolution.

Things started terribly for the Whitecaps, as they conceded twice within 20 minutes, first through Juan Agudelo, who went through unmarked to open the scoring on 10 minutes after latching onto a Chris Tierney through ball.

Then 10 minutes later, Kelyn Rowe doubled New England’s lead, linking up nicely with Diego Fagundez in the area.

The Revs looked far the better team and set for a convincing win when the game’s most crucial moment occurred just four minutes after Rowe’s goal, as Miller made his way behind Andrew Farrell and looked set to shoot, when the defender clipped his leg.

Referee Juan Guzman didn’t hesitate, reaching for his back pocket to dismiss Farrell, and pointing to the spot for a Whitecaps penalty.

“It’s just a clip,” Miller said. “I was getting ready to pull the trigger and put the ball in the back of the net, and he just clipped my heels or my calf. It’s one of them – it’s harsh on him, but by the letter of the law, it’s got to be a sending off.”
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