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May 15: Vancouver Whitecaps / Calgary Mustangs (R)

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Whitecaps F.C. Men 3 - Calgary Mustangs 1

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC (attendance: 4,435 )


The Whitecaps downed the visiting Calgary Mustangs 3-1 on the strength

of the two goals by Oliver Heald and a spectacular overhead winner by Carlo Corazzin.

With the win Vancouver remains in second place in the Western

Conference, with a 2-0-1 record for 7 points. The Portland Timbers, who

were 1-0 winners tonight in Seattle, are in first place with 9 points.

The Caps and Mustangs play again in Calgary on Saturday, May 22. The

Whitecaps' next home game is a Men's and Women's doubleheader on Sunday

May 23. At 4:00pm the Women take on the Edmonton Aviators, followed by

the Whitecaps Men against Portland at 7:00pm.

The Whitecaps Youth are in action with the Boys Home Opener vs. FC United Sunday May 16 at Burnaby Lake West. U13 Boys 1:30, U14 Boys 2:30, U15 Boys 3:30.  


Game Notes

Jason Jordan left the game after twenty minutes with a hamstring injury.

Corazzin had a great chance to score at 23' after he did superbly to control the ball in the box, but the keeper blocked his point-blank effort.

The Whitecaps outshot Calgary 14-3.

Vancouver is undefeated against Calgary all-time with a record of 9-0-2.

The Caps are on an 18-game undefeated streak going back to last season.

Scoring Summary

37' Vanc Oliver Heald (Dave Morris)

A driven cross from Morris on the right was headed by a charging Heald, who put it just inside the right post.

68' Vanc Carlo Corazzin (Martin Nash)

Corazzin's acrobatic overhead kick found the bottom corner after a great cross from Nash.

71' Calg Mesut Mert (Zdravko Savi)

Mert picked up the ball in space in the box and fired it low past Mike Franks.

74' Vanc Oliver Heald (PK)

Heald scored his second of the game and season on a penalty kick, awarded after Davide Xausa was taken down by goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel while on a breakaway.


Whitecaps: 1.Mike Franks - 22.Chris Franks, 2.Jeff Clarke (15.Geordie Lyall 70'), 28.Kevin Harmse - 9.Alfredo Valente (8.Steve Kindel 64'), 12.Oliver Heald, 14.John Sulentic, 11.Davide Xausa, 7.Martin Nash (23.Jeremie Piette 76')- 19.Carlo Corazzin, 26.Jason Jordan (20.Dave Morris 23')

Calgary: 1.Lutz Pfannenstiel - 3.Frederik Janssens, 15.Conrad Chala, 8.Jamie Auvigne - 16.Jordan Gillespie, 7.Geert Brusselers, 10.Mert Mesut, 4.Chris Kooy - 11.Nikolas Zuniga, 18.Conrad Smith (17.Steven Frazao 86'), 9.Zdravko Savi (24.Damir Jesic 86')


Referee: Mark Budda


Calgary: Zuniga 49', Pfannenstiel 73', Geert 74', Smith 80'

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quote:Originally posted by Daniel

Sad that Vancouver can't even fill their downsized stadium against a Canadian rival on a nice evening, even with the team they have... [}:)]

I must admit, I too find the crowds a bit on the low side. Still very respectable, but with the excitement that Kerfoot is generating regarding quality players being signed, stadium and training ground expansion, great season-ticket sales, etc...I thought the crowds would be over 5000 per match.

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A few things factored in to this.

1) It was Calgary, and Calgary is not a big draw.

2) A rainstorm hit Vancouver an hour before the match. It didn't last long, nor did it even reach Burnaby but I know it did scare some fans a way.

3) Vancouver doesn't paper their crowds some, ahem, other teams do.

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