VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell to a 2-1 loss against Western Conference foes Real Salt Lake in their season opener this Saturday night at BC Place.
In the eighth minute, a first touch from Brian White found attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld, as his chance in the final third was parried away by goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
Fast forward to the 24th minute, the ‘Caps would open the scoring after Julian Gressel whipped in a corner, which was then headed in by Javain Brown.
HIGHLIGHTS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake | February 26, 2023
After the halftime interval, goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka came up with a strong reactionary save following a Jefferson Savarino shot in the 64th minute.
Later on in the second half, Maikel Chang’s pass found Justen Glad. His right footed opportunity would be the equalizer in the 70th minute.
The away side quickly took the lead within the 73rd minute, as Damir Kreilach’s shot found the back of the net.
The 'Caps would push but could not find the equalizer.
Up next for the Blue & White is a match away from home as they face San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park this upcoming Saturday, March 4 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Fans can tune into the match through MLS Season Pass on Apple TV & AM730, as well as on TSN. As an exclusive benefit, Whitecaps FC 2023 Season Members receive a subscription to MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as significant savings over single match tickets. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Andrés Cubas
Referee: Ismir Pekmic
Scoring Summary24’ – VAN – Javain Brown (Julian Gressel)
70’ – RSL – Justen Glad (Maikel Chang)
73’ – RSL – Damir Kreilach (Jefferson Savarino, Bryan Oviedo)
Possession: VAN 55.3% – RSL 44.7%
Shots: VAN 18 – RSL 11
Shots on Goal: VAN 7 – RSL 7
Saves: VAN 5 – RSL 6
Fouls: VAN 10 – RSL 3
Offsides: VAN 4 – RSL 3
Corners: VAN 10 – RSL 6
Cautions14’ – RSL – Jasper Löffelsend
Vancouver Whitecaps FC18.Yohei Takaoka; 23.Javain Brown (27.Ryan Raposo 76’), 4. Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon, 14.Luís Martins (22.Ali Ahmed 86’); 19.Julian Gressel (9.Sergio Córdova 76’), 20.Andrés Cubas; 8.Alessandro Schöpf, 11.Cristian Dájome (45.Pedro Vite 66’), 25.Ryan Gauld ©; 24.Brian White
Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 2.Mathías Laborda, 12.Karifa Yao, 16.Sebastian Berhalter, 31.Russell Teibert
Real Salt Lake18.Zac MacMath; 2.Andrew Brody (19.Bode Hidalgo 88’) 15.Justen Glad, 30.Marcelo Silva, 3.Bryan Oviedo; 28.Jasper Löffelsend, 6.Braian Ojeda (12.Scott Caldwell 88’); 16.Maikel Chang (11.Andrés Gómez 74’), 8.Damir Kreilach ©, 10.Jefferson Savarino (9.Justin Meram 79’); 29.Anderson Julio (17.Danny Musovski 79’)
Substitutes not used
35.Gavin Beavers, 20.Erik Holt, 23.Ilijah Paul, 33.Moses Nyeman