Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Western Conference rivals will
tangle on Saturday when Vancouver Whitecaps FC hosts the Colorado Rapids at BC
Vancouver has gotten off to a fine start this season with two wins and two
draws through four games to sit in third place in the Western Conference with
The Whitecaps are coming off a solid performance on home soil last week,
earning a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo and dealing the Dynamo their
first loss of the season.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Pedro Morales whipped a
dangerous curling ball into O?Brien at the far post. The 6-foot-3 center back
then headed the ball back down to Harvey, who poked it past Dynamo goalkeeper
Tally Hall to give the 'Caps a 1-0.
Vancouver then made it a two-goal margin in the 58th minute as Russell Teibert
played a ball down the left to Darren Mattocks, who beat two defenders before
the ball clipped the arm of sprawling Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie,
resulting in a penalty kick.
'Caps captain Kenny Miller then stepped up and dispatched the penalty with
ease for the 2-0 advantage.
Houston pulled one back with 15 minutes to play through veteran Ricardo Clark,
who headed home a Brad Davis free kick, finding the bottom right corner past
goalkeeper David Ousted.
Dating back to last season, Whitecaps FC are undefeated in their last five
league matches, one game shy of the club?s MLS record, set last June 15-July
"We showed some determination. We defended as well. We couldn't ask for much
more. The two road performances weren't great but we got back to BC Place and
got another three points. Eight points out of 12 is not a bad start," said
Colorado, meanwhile, is coming off its first loss of the season, a 3-2 setback
against defending champions Sporting Kansas City at Dick's Sporting Goods
Sporting broke through in the 50th minute. A long pass down the right side
found Sal Zizzo, and he found Graham Zusi for a simple finish at the back
But seven minutes later, the Rapids got to the penalty spot again after Ike
Opara grabbed the ball in the box, and Vicente Sanchez converted from the
Then in the 78th minute, a tackle from Benny Feilhaber on right back Shane
O'Neill earned yet another penalty kick from referee Jose Carlos Rivero.
Sanchez once again finished from the spot, putting the Rapids in front.
But Feilhaber connected on an equalizing volley just 45 seconds later to
make it 2-2.
The game-winner came two minutes into stoppage time, when substitute Dom Dwyer
blasted home a close-range effort from a tight angle.
"I think we're not too far away. Obviously it's early in the season, but I
think the guys put up a fight," said Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni. "I
think the defensive performance was brilliant, they limited the chances of a
team that finds themselves creating more chances than their opponents and I
think today our team did a really good job battling hard."
In eight all-time meetings between the sides, Colorado holds a slight 4-3-1