Whitecaps trounce lowly Thunder 4-0 - Canadian Press


BURNABY, B.C. -- The Vancouver Whitecaps scored once in the first half and added three more after the break, in cruising to a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Thunder in USL First Division action Thursday.

A first-half strike by Vancouver's Lyle Martin was followed by a second-half penalty from Martin Nash and late goals by Charles Gbeke and Marcus Haber against the last-place Thunder.

It was Vancouver's largest margin of victory since July 9, 2005, a 4-0 win against the Portland Timbers.

Whitecaps head coach Teitur Thordarson made four changes to the side that started the 2-2 away draw with Cleveland City Stars on June 23.

Defender Wesley Charles and striker Gbeke returned to action for the first time since their two-match suspension for their unsportsmanlike behaviour during Vancouver's last home game on June 12.

Charles partnered the fit-again Jeff Parke in the centre of the Whitecaps defence, while Gbeke partnered Haber in attack.