Vancouver stuns the defending Supporter Shield winners Red Bulls, 4-1
Vancouver at home and with Scottish international Kenny Miller leading the way with two goals, the Whitecaps start the 19 MLS season with a shocking 4-1 victory over New York.
It all started with a penalty kick. At the 34 minute of the first half, Miller stepped up to take a penalty. The experience forward did not mess around, as he sent the ball into bottom right hand corner of the net; giving the Whitecaps the early 1-0 lead.
Vancouver offense was firing in the first half, but in the second half their attack was much more accurate.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was kept busy for the entire 90 minutes; he was forced to make six saves in the match.
At the 48 minute of the second half, the new Uruguayan midfielder Sebastian Fernandez would open his goal scoring account for Vancouver with a powerful shot that flew into the top right hand corner of the net. His goal would make the score 2-0.
Vancouver new designated player Pedro Morales came into the game at the 75 minute, and he immediately impacted the game.
The defense of New York was having troubles dealing with the speed and the creativity of the Whitecaps attack. And in the 77 minute, that would again prove to be costly for the Red Bulls.
The Chilean Morales controlled the ball from a clearance of his own defender. Morales would show composure with the ball as he pulled back, and found a cutting Miller on the other side of the field.
Morales would then blast a 20 plus yard pass to Miller. The Scottish forward would take a few dribbles with the ball, and then gracefully chip the ball over Robles to make the score line 3-0.
The South American midfielder was not done yet after assisting Miller’s goal. At the 89 minute, Morales would make a darting run into the center of the penalty box, and he received a low crisp pass from English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
The Chilean would not hesitate, as he one timed hit the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give the Whitecaps a 4-0 lead.
The Red Bulls would score a consolation goal right before the game ended, with British forward Bradley Wright-Phillips heading the ball over Vancouver’s goalie David Ousted, to end the game at 4-1.
The highlights to this match can be seen on the video above. The video was provided by www.mlssoccer.com.
VAN: Kenny Miller (Penalty Kick, 34 minute)
VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Assisted by Darren Mattocks, 48 minute)
VAN: Kenny Miller (Assisted by Pedro Morales, 77 minute)
VAN: Pedro Morales (Assisted by Nigel Reo-Coker, 89 minute)
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Assisted by Lloyd Sam, 90+1 minutes)
Vancouver next match will be on the road against Chivas USA on Sunday. As for the Red Bulls, they will be hosting the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Till next time my fellow soccer lovers.