‘Caps fall to narrow defeat against RSL after stellar start to season 

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  • Saturday's match marked the fourth consecutive home match with an attendance of over 22,000 at BC Place
  • Damir Kreilach scored against his former club, grabbing his second goal across all competitions and first in MLS for Whitecaps FC
  • Brian White recorded his third assist across all competitions this season

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell to their first defeat of the season, dropping a 2-1 result to Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Saturday.

The match started off slow, with both teams taking some time to settle into the match. The 'Caps had the first big look of the game through Ryan Raposo in the 26th minute, after he cut inside from the left and unleashed a venomous curved shot just wide of the mark.

Alessandro Schöpf would be the next player to test his luck, getting on the end of a cross from Ryan Gauld but slicing his header wide as well.

In the end, it was the ex-RSL player Damir Kreilach who opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Gauld’s inside pass to Brian White let the American striker feed Kreilach in behind. Kreilach then made no mistake one-on-one with MacMath and slotted home his first MLS goal for the 'Caps.

Real Salt Lake tried to equalize a few minutes later through Chicho Arango, with his direct free-kick from just outside the box going over Yohei Takaoka’s net. Despite RSL knocking at their door for the rest of the half, the Blue and White were able to hold on until half-time.

Real Salt Lake came out strong for the second half, continuing their pressure to get that equalizer. Fidel Barajas came inches from making good on that pressure, with his shot from distance being palmed onto the post by Takaoka.

Barajas would strike the woodwork again not minutes later, this time volleying his effort onto the crossbar.

Substitute Ali Ahmedcame ever so close to doubling the ‘Caps lead, latching onto a fantastic overhead pass by Pedro Vite, flicking it past an onrushing MacMath in the midfield, but he was unable to shoot the ball before it got intercepted.

Anderson Julio found the equalizer for the visitors in the 70th minute, as Barajas slipped a pass in behind the ‘Caps defence for Julio to knock past his marker and smash it near post.

The 'Caps kept fighting to regain the lead, creating some good chances through Ahmed and Gauld, but were unable to find the go-ahead goal.

Instead it was Real Salt Lake who got the advantage in the 76th minute, as Alexandros Katranis' shot from distance found the back post to make it 2-1.

The 'Caps kept chasing for the equalizer, but were unable to clinch the tying goal before the referee blew for the final whistle.

Whitecaps FC continue their four-game homestand at BC Place next Saturday, March 23 against Portland Timbers in their Women's and Girls in Soccer Celebration. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.


Attendance: 22,178
Referee: Chris Grabas

Scoring Summary
33’ – VAN – Damir Kreilach (Brian White)
70’ – RSL – Anderson Julio (Fidel Barajas)
76’ – RSL – Alexandros Katranis (Fidel Barajas)

Possession: VAN 46.3% - RSL 53.7%
Shots: VAN 7 - RSL 21
Shots on Goal: VAN 3 - RSL 4
Saves: VAN 2 - RSL 2
Fouls: VAN 7 - RSL 9
Offsides: VAN 1 - RSL 3
Corners: VAN 1 - RSL 4

47’ – RSL – Alexandros Katranis
90’+7 – RSL – Brayan Vera
90’+9 – RSL – Zac MacMath

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Yohei Takaoka; 2.Mathías Laborda, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon; 23.Javain Brown (14.Luís Martins 66’), 8.Alessandro Schöpf (16.Sebastian Berhalter 66’), 45.Pedro Vite, 7.Ryan Raposo (15.Bjørn Inge Utvik 86’); 24.Brian White (22.Ali Ahmed 56’), 19.Damir Kreilach (28.Levonte Johnson 74’), 25.Ryan Gauld ©

Substitutes not used
17.Joe Bendik, 32.Isaac Boehmer, 12.Belal Halbouni, 13.Ralph Priso,

Real Salt Lake
18.Zac MacMath; 2.Andrew Brody, 15.Justin Glad (30.Marcelo Silva 90+6'), 4.Brayan Vera, 98.Alexandros Katranis (3.Bryan Oviedo 85’); 19.Bode Hidalgo (25.Matt Crooks 86’), 14.Emeka Emeli, 6.Braian Ojeda, 17.Fidel Barajas (13.Nelson Palacio 90’); 9.Cristian Arango, 29.Anderson Julio (16.Maikel Chang 84’)

Substitutes not used
24.Tomás Gómez, 20.Erik Holt, 41.Daron Iskenderian, 72.Zavier Gozo