‘Caps Champions League run ends in LA


LOS ANGELES, CA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC saw their Concacaf Champions League campaign come to an end with a 3-0 loss against Los Angeles FC this Tuesday evening in the second leg of the quarterfinals at BMO Stadium.

The Blue & White started the match with a quick counter attack that nearly opened the scoring. After a beautiful build-up, Déiber Caicedo’s attempt at goal was held by goalkeeper John McCarthy in the fifth minute.

In the eighth minute, LAFC were awarded a penalty. Carlos Vela converted from the spot to make it 1-0.

Despite Whitecaps FC pressing and playing on the front foot, it was LAFC who would score again. Midfielder Ilie Sánchez sent a long through ball from midfield to Vela, as the forward’s strike doubled his side’s advantage in the 31st minute.

The ‘Caps looked to find opportunities in the final third after the halftime interval. Substitute midfielder Pedro Vite’s left footed shot from distance on the right side of the field was saved by McCarthy in the 56th minute.

Nine minutes later, Dénis Bouanga played a ball inside the area to José Cifuentes. The substitute’s attempt at goal struck the left post and into the net to extend his squad’s lead.

The ‘Caps now turn their focus back to the Major League Soccer season. This coming Saturday, April 15 they head back on the road to visit Western Conference side Austin FC at 5:30 p.m. PT, live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV and AM730 radio.

The Blue & White then return home to host Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Saturday, April 29. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets


Attendance: 18,688
Referee: Juan Calderón

Scoring Summary
8’ – LAFC – Carlos Vela (penalty kick)
31’ – LAFC – Carlos Vela (Ilie Sánchez)
65’ – LAFC – José Cifuentes (Dénis Bouanga)

: LAFC 54.7% – VAN 45.3%
Shots: LAFC 11 – VAN 14
Shots on Goal: LAFC 5 – VAN 6
Saves: LAFC 6 – VAN 2
Fouls: LAFC 12 – VAN 11
Offsides: LAFC 1 – VAN 2
Corners: LAFC 1 – VAN 3

20’ – VAN – Sebastian Berhalter
32’ – LAFC – Ilie Sánchez

Los Angeles FC77.John McCarthy; 24.Ryan Hollingshead, 3.Jesús Murillo, 33.Aaron Long, 12.Diego Palacios (30.Sergi Palencia 66’); 6.Ilie Sánchez (20.José Cifuentes HT), 23.Kellyn Acosta (18.Erik Dueñas 66’), 11.Timothy Tillman; 10.Carlos Vela ©, 99.Dénis Bouanga (17.Daniel Crisostomo 73’), 22.Kwadwo Opoku (7.Stipe Biuk HT)

Substitutes not used
32.Abraham Romero, 2.Denil Maldonado, 14.Giorgio Chiellini, 21.Christian Torres, 27.Nathan Ordaz

Vancouver Whitecaps FC1.Thomas Hasal; 27.Ryan Raposo, 23.Javain Brown, 4.Ranko Veselinović (6.Tristan Blackmon HT), 22.Ali Ahmed (2.Mathías Laborda 60’); 25.Ryan Gauld (26.J.C. Ngando HT), 16.Sebastian Berhalter, 31.Russell Teibert ©; 11.Cristian Dájome (19.Julian Gressel HT), 7.Déiber Caicedo (45.Pedro Vite HT); 24.Brian White

Substitutes not used
18.Yohei Takaoka, 32.Isaac Boehmer, 14.Luís Martins, 29.Simon Becher, 61.Matteo Campagna