Brazilian striker Camilo plays hero in Saturday's draw
Consider it filled.
Missing several key players in the line-up, Brazilian striker Camilo played the hero, netting two goals in stoppage time to lift Whitecaps FC to a thrilling 3-3 draw.
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“In and around the box, that’s where he is dangerous,” Thordarson said. “It was nice to see that. During the last week of training, he had really been showing well.”
The South American was buzzing all match long, entertaining the crowd with his pace and dribbling skill. The dangerous attacker created no less than three clear scoring chances in the first half only to be stonewalled by Sporting KC goalkeeper.
“It’s sad that the fans don’t get to see him in training because he does that all the time,” winger Wes Knight said. “It’s really good for him to show his effectiveness. 90-plus minutes at striker is not easy on this team.”
The match, though, belonged to Camilo. An goal cut the deficit to 3-1 heading into stoppage time, which set the stage for Camilo’s heroic effort. His first goal for the club came when Chiumiento broke down the right flank and fed him for a relatively easy tap-in in front of goal. His second, though, wasn’t so easy.
After Khalfan came down the left-hand side and lofted in a cross to the far post, Camilo rose to nod a superb header past a helpless Nielsen, bringing the fans to a thunderous roar and saving a point for the home team.
“The fans were still up celebrating when we scored that third goal,” Knight said. “The crowd was loud when we scored our first franchise goal, but I think that third goal, they were even louder.”