Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Erick Torres' second-half tally proved to
be the winning goal on Saturday as Chivas USA earned a 3-1 victory over the
10-man Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
Carlyle Mitchell gave the Whitecaps an early first-half lead, but the Goats
responded with second-half strikes from Agustin Pelletieri, Torres and Leandro
Barrera to hand the visitors their fourth straight victory in league play.
The result moves Chivas to 23 points on the season from 18 matches, while the
Whitecaps stay on 25 points from 17 matches and in fifth place in the crowded
The hosts grabbed the lead in the 27th minute as Mitchell got on the end of a
well-struck corner kick from Pedro Morales and nodded it through the legs of
Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for his first MLS goal.
Chivas pulled it back level two minutes into the second half when Pelletieri
fired home his first MLS goal following a nice assist from Mauro Rosales, who
finshed the match with three assists.
The momentum fully swung in the favor of Chivas in the 69th minute when
Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey was shown a straight red card for a late,
two-footed challenge on Oswaldo Minda, reducing the hosts to 10 men.
The winning tally came nine minutes from time when Rosales slid a through ball
down the right flank for Marco Delgado to chase. Delgado then served a lofted
cross into the box where Torres nodded it home for his 13th goal of the
The Goats then put the result away in stoppage time when Barrera fired home
from midfield, beating the chasing Ousted, who was trying to track back
following a Vancouver corner kick.