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    When you have players trying hard to impress the management team in the countdown to the new season, it’s perhaps not fair to describe a game as meaningless.

    With Vancouver having already made Saturday’s final of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, this game didn’t mean an awful lot in the grand scheme of things. You still want to win it though and that they did.

    ccs-123494-140264011816_thumb.jpgKansas City fielded what was pretty much their first team, with Vancouver going for their second string.

    Those that didn’t know would have been hard pressed to tell which team was which.

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    It was a first half of little action.

    The best chance fell to Vancouver, who hit the bar from a Carlyle Mitchell header off a Davide Chiumiento free kick in the 16th minutes.

    And that was pretty much that of note. A good share of possession for both teams, Chiumiento looked lively and the depth in Vancouver continued to impress.

    If Caps fans were in any doubt as to whether the team wanted to win this match, you only had to witness the intense player huddle just before the second half got underway to see that the players were fired up and keen on the victory.

    Vancouver took the game to KC and the pressure paid off with the opening goal in the 50th minute.

    Michael Nanchoff won possession in the middle, fed Chiumiento on the left of the box with a perfect lobbed pass and the Swiss maestro ghosted pass the KC defender before sending a dangerous cross into the middle for Sebastien Le Toux to raise his foot and turn the ball home.

    KC appealed for offside, but it was 1-0 Whitecaps.

    Vancouver came within inches of doubling their lead as the hour mark approached.

    Another Chiumiento free kick found Mitchell’s head and went just past the right hand post.

    ccs-123494-140264011818_thumb.jpgThe second Whitecaps goal soon came, in the 62nd minute, when substitute Russell Teibert, who had not long come on, got the ball on the edge of the box and clinically buried it in the bottom right hand corner of the KC net. It was 2-0 and coasting.

    Five minutes later and it was three.

    Jordan Harvey sent a low ball in from the left, Teibert dummied and Mitchell finally got his goal by crashing the ball home.

    For KC, when you leave an opposing central defender free in the box to score with his feet, you really have to be asking some serious questions about your defence. When you’re pretty much first team is being destroyed by a second and third string eleven, you have to ask even more.

    Kansas City had a last hurrah in the closing minutes, or rather Kei Kamara did, first firing over in the 82nd minute and then seeing his header from a corner cleared off the line by Lee Nguyen.

    The final whistle saw the Whitecaps top their group with three wins from three and no goals conceded. Even the most optimistic Caps fan wouldn’t have predicted this going into the tournament. It may be just a pre-season group of matches, but after the Whitecaps away form last year, it’s still very pleasing to have seen.

    Vancouver really impressed tonight. The intensity of all the players in that second half was a joy to see. They constantly took the game to a strong KC side and I could see every single player out there slotting into the Caps starting eleven and doing well.

    If we were to take nothing else out of this tournament it would be this depth and the players on display tonight are likely to be the ones heading to Carolina for Sunday’s friendly, with the probable addition of former Railhawk Jun Marques Davidson.

    But we also have more. We have a final on Saturday to look forward to and Toronto or Dallas await.

    Final Score: Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - 0 Sporting Kansas City

    Vancouver Whitecaps: Brad Knighton; Greg Klazura, Carlyle Mitchell, Michael Boxall, Jordan Harvey; Michael Nanchoff (Russell Teibert 59), Gershon Koffie (Bryce Alderson 46), Matt Watson, Davide Chiumiento (Lee Nguyen 78); Sebastien Le Toux, Long Tan (Bilal Duckett 81)

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