VANCOUVER, BC – A hat-trick from Brian White led the way for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday in a huge 3-0 home win over San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place.
The match marked Indigenous Night at BC Place, with over 500 members from the community attending the game.
Acting head coach Vanni Sartini made six changes to the side that drew 0-0 away to Houston Dynamo FC at BBVA Stadium on Wednesday. Florian Jungwirth returned to the lineup in place of Michael Baldisimo at centre back, Bruno Gaspar came in at right wingback for Javain Brown, Russell Teibert came back into the starting lineup in place of Janio Bikel at right centre midfield, Ryan Gauld returned to the starting lineup for Ryan Raposo at centre attacking midfield, while Déiber Caicedo and White came into the lineup up top in place of Patrick Metcalfe and Lucas Cavallini, moving Cristian Dájome to left wingback.
The 'Caps were in full control early on, carrying more than 70 per cent of possession after the first 10 minutes of play, highlighted by a brilliant run from Teibert into the box that resulted in a shot on goal from Gauld.
Perseverance finally paid off in the 25th minute. Leo Owusu made a brilliant run through midifield, finding White for a one-time pass to Gauld. After Gauld had his shot saved, White put in the rebound to give Whitecaps FC a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
It turned out to be White's night, as the 'Caps in-season acquisition would use his head to put the match away.
The first came on a free kick from Caicedo in the 59th minute, and the hat-trick goal off a corner kick from Ryan Gauld in the 73rd minute.
Next up for the 'Caps is a Cascadia road battle against Seattle Sounders FC next Saturday, October 9 at Lumen Field. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT live on TSN and AM730, with the radio pre-match starting at 5 p.m. PT.
Brian White tied his career high with nine goals in an MLS season. Whitecaps FC, and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, kept their third straight clean sheet and extended their shutout streak to 332 minutes. Crépeau also set a new career high with his sixth clean sheet on the season.
GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Brian White
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauziere
26' – VAN – Brian White
59' – VAN – Brian White (Déiber Caicedo)
73' – VAN – Brian White (Ryan Gauld)
Possession: VAN 40.1% – SJ 59.9%
Shots: VAN 17 – SJ 11
Shots on Goal: VAN 6 – SJ 5
Saves: VAN 5 – SJ 3
Fouls: VAN 14 – SJ 12
Offsides: VAN 2 – SJ 2
Corners: VAN 4 – SJ 4
19' – VAN – Leonard Owusu
57' – VAN – Florian Jungwirth
57' – SJ – Eric Remedi
90'+2 – SJ – Shea Salinas
90'+5 – VAN – Javain Brown
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
16.Maxime Crépeau; 26.Florian Jungwirth, 15.Andy Rose, 28.Jake Nerwinski; 6.Bruno Gaspar (23.Javain Brown 68'), 31.Russell Teibert ©, 17.Leonard Owusu (19.Janio Bikel 86'), 11.Cristian Dájome; 25.Ryan Gauld (27.Ryan Raposo 86'); 24.Brian White (30.Kamron Habibullah 86'), 7.Déiber Caicedo (87.Tosaint Ricketts 71')
Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 2.Marcus Godinho, 32.Patrick Metcalfe, 55.Michael Baldisimo
San Jose Earthquakes
1.JT Marcinkowski; 2.Luciano Abecasis (44.Cade Cowell 64'), 13.Nathan, 4.Oswaldo Alanís (25.Andrés Ríos 64'), 27.Marcos López (7.Carlos Fierro 64'); 93.Judson (6.Shea Salinas HT), 14.Jackson Yueill; 10.Cristian Espinoza, 5.Eric Remedi, 9.Javier López; 28.Benji Kikanovic (8.Chris Wondolowski 64')
Substitutes not used
17.Daniel Vega, 3.Paul Marie, 15.Tanner Beason, 22.Tommy Thompson