Charles in charge of USL scoring


By BOB MACKIN

The Buzz:

Charles Gbeke scored twice to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 3-2 win over the Austin Aztex in United Soccer Leagues' First Division action on Wednesday.

Key to the game:

Kenold Versailles converted a Wes Knight throw-in for the 11th minute opener. Gbeke doubled the lead a dozen minutes later.

City Limit:

Austin's Jean Alexandre had his first of two in the 34th minute. Gbeke (65th minute) and Alexandre (76th) traded goals in the second half. The loss eliminated the expansion 4-14-8 Aztex from their faint playoff hopes. Vancouver is 9-9-8 and remains in seventh place.

Top Chuck:

The pair of goals gave Gbeke the league-lead. He has 11 in 24 games, while Portland Timber Mandjou Keita has 11 in 25.

Next:

Vancouver tied Austin 1-1 on April 21 in Texas. The teams reconvene in Vancouver on Sept. 13 after the Whitecaps visit the Minnesota Thunder on Friday and Montreal Impact on Sept. 9.