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USL D1 - June 25 - Vancouver vs Puerto Rico [R]


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Vancouver 1 Puerto Rico 0

53' PR RED CARD Marco Velez (second yellow for dissent)

73' VAN Jay Alberts

Whitecaps match report:

Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Puerto Rico Islanders 0

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC (attendance: 5,722)


The Whitecaps defeated the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders 1-0 Sunday night, on the strength of a dominant second half display and a nicely worked goal that was finished off by Jay Alberts. The win, in front of a sell-out crowd, moves Vancouver into first place in the USL First Division. Both the Whitecaps Men and Women sit top of the table in their respective leagues.

After a fairly even first half, the Caps took control outshooting Puerto Rico 13-0 in the second half. Goalkeeper Tony Caig made two saves on four shots to record his third shutout of the season.

Vancouver's record improves to 5W-2L-7T for 22 point, one point up on second place Rochester Raging Rhinos. Puerto Rico drop to 6-4-2 for 20 points, and sit in third spot.

The Whitecaps next game is Friday, June 30 at home to the Portland Timbers in a 7:00 p.m. start at Swangard Stadium. The Caps then head off for four straight games on the road.

Scoring Summary:

73' - Vancouver - Jay Alberts (Dave Morris)

Eleven minutes after they both subbed into the game, Alberts and Morris combined to open scoring. It started with David Testo on the left, as his cross was neatly helped on by a deflection from Morris to find Alberts in front, and he blasted in from seven yards, for his second of the season.

Game Notes:

The Caps started brightly, with Tony Donatelli breaking on the right in the first minute, and firing a ball that deflected behind the goalkeeper and across the face of goal dangerously. Jeff Clarke volleyed over at 8' from good position, and at 22' a free kick from Martin Nash was well held by the keeper.

Goalkeeper Tony Caig came up big for Vancouver at 24' as he came out well to save off Alen Marcina on a partial breakaway. The rebound fell to the Islander's Kormac Valdebenito in front, and he tried to make space for a shot while Caig scrambled to get back in position, but defender Adrian Cann did well to steal the ball of his bootlaces, and clear.

The Caps dominated the second half, helped by the sending off at 53' of Islanders defender Marco Velez for his second yellow card of the game.

Three minutes before his goal, Jay Alberts fired over from good position. And five minutes after his goal Alberts was set up superbly by Nash with a threaded diagonal pass into the box, but the keeper got a foot on Alberts low driven shot.

At 81', Martin Nash tested the keeper, as he blasted a loose ball from 25 yards that forced a diving save from Dan Kennedy.

Sita-Taty Matondo came into the game late, and could have scored twice. He fired inches over from 25 yards at 85' and in injury time broke in and rounded the keeper, but a defender broke up the play before he got get a shot away.

Recently signed defender Ryan Suarez came in at the half to make his home debut for the Whitecaps. He also had a good scoring chance, with a hard shot that was well saved at 86'

Midfielder Martin Nash has played 50 consecutive games, spanning three seasons.

Defender Steve Klein has played every minute (1260) for Vancouver this season.

Whitecaps: 1.Tony Caig - 3.Steve Klein, 4.Adrian Cann (20.Dave Morris 61'), 12.Geordie Lyall, 22.John Jones (33.Ryan Suarez 45') - 2.Jeff Clarke, 7.Martin Nash, 8.Steve Kindel, 14.Tony Donatelli (6.Jay Alberts 61') - 11.David Testo (19.Sita-Taty Matondo 85'), 17.Joey Gjertsen

Puerto Rico: 1.Dan Kennedy - 3.John Queeley, 4.Marco Velez, 15.Mauricio Segovia, 6.Alexis Rivera - 23.Edwin Miranda, 16.Noah Delgado, 18.Jonathan Lopuski (2.Luis Zuleta 57'), 10.Kormac Valdebenito - 19.Arturo Norambuena (14.Caleb Norkus 75'), 22.Alen Marcina (13.Mark Oehlman 68')

Shots: Vancouver 18 Puerto Rico 4

Saves: Vancouver 2 Puerto Rico 7

Fouls: Vancouver 11 Puerto Rico 26

Offsides: Vancouver 3 Puerto Rico 2

Corners: Vancouver 6 Puerto Rico 3

Referee: Jonathon Lavergne


Puerto Rico: Marco Velez 21', 53', Maurico Segovia 71'


Puerto Rico: Marco Velez 53' (2nd yellow)

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It was a boring crappy game to watch, and not just because I have been watching higher quality World Cup Games on TV.

Bobby Lilley employed just one striker, Gjertsen and he ran a lot, but he needed help. Imagine using one striker when you are playing at home. Talk about putting the home crowd to sleep.

Puerto Rico used Vancouver area product and VMSL player Allan Marcina up front. He got one of PR's two chances.

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quote:Originally posted by analyst

It was a boring crappy game to watch

The radio guys (especially Errington) keep saying how Whitecaps games are exciting and entertaining for fans, yet fans keep saying that. [|)]
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Errington is doing his job, if his play by play comments are neagtive about the team then fewere peopel will listen and teh ratings will drop. In general, the Whitecaps PR folks are performing well, as shown by the good attendance. Some fans are happy if the home teams wins and they will keep coming back as long as the team keeps winning (BF Skinner conditioning) and some other fans want to see attractive skillful soccer and see goals scored. I'm not happy seeing the Caps play at home with one striker.

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Well, I know both Alan and Peter quite well, and they've been given carte blanche on being critical of the team if they feel someone is having an off night. In fact, they really railed on Testo when he got his first start.

As for attendances, they are down this year from last, and the club (like all pro-sports teams) will fudge the attendance numbers if they are close to a sellout. (Lets create some "demand" for tickets!)

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