Zardes Veselinovic

COMMERCE CITY, CO – Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell to a 3-1 loss against Western Conference side Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this Saturday night.

The first half started quickly for the ‘Caps, as defender Ranko Veselinović sent a ball deep into the final third. Brian White followed up with some footwork inside the box and his close range finish would open the scoring for Vancouver in the 9th minute.

With the match progressing, Rapids midfielder Felipe Gutiérrez delivered a cross in from the left side of the field, which connected to Gyasi Zardes inside the area. The forward’s strike levelled the game in the 21st minute.

Moments later, Colorado were given a questionable penalty, midfielder Diego Rubio converted from the spot to give his squad a 2-1 advantage in the 33rd minute of the match.

The home side would cushion their lead later on in the second half. Jonathan Lewis dribbled inside the area and found the top corner of the net in the 75th minute.

The Blue & White return home at BC Place for a final three game home stand, as they first host LA Galaxy next Wednesday, September 14, with kickoff set to be at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets for select three or more home matches are available via Flex Pass whitecapsfc.com/flexpass.

MATCH DETAILS
VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Pedro Vite
Attendance: 14,036
Referee: Kevin Stott

Scoring Summary
9’ – VAN – Brian White (Ranko Veselinović)
21’ – COL – Gyasi Zardes (Felipe Gutiérrez, Jonathan Lewis)
33’ – COL – Diego Rubio (penalty kick)
75’ – COL – Jonathan Lewis (Jack Price)

Statistics
Possession: COL 47.5% – VAN 52.5%
Shots: COL 24 – VAN 15
Shots on Goal: COL 5 – VAN 4
Saves: COL 3 – VAN 2
Fouls: COL 10 – VAN 15
Offsides: COL 1 – VAN 2
Corners: COL 7 – VAN 4

Cautions
32’ – VAN – Ranko Veselinović
52’ – VAN – Alessandro Schöpf

Colorado Rapids
22.William Yarbrough; 2.Keegan Rosenberry, 6.Lalas Abubakar (24.Gustavo Vallecilla 78’), 4.Danny Wilson, 66.Lucas Esteves; 21.Bryan Acosta, 13.Felipe Gutiérrez (19.Jack Price 68’); 15.Sam Nicholson (12.Michael Barrios 67’), 11.Diego Rubio © (77.Darren Yapi 84’),7.Jonathan Lewis (8.Max 78’); 29.Gyasi Zardes

Substitutes not used
1.Clint Irwin, 31.Anthony Markanich, 32.Collen Warner, 97.Ralph Priso

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
55.Cody Cropper; 23.Javain Brown, 4.Ranko Veselinović (87.Tosaint Ricketts 82’), 6.Tristan Blackmon, 2.Marcus Godinho (14.Luís Martins 63’); 18.Alessandro Schöpf (11.Cristian Dájome 64’), 20.Andrés Cubas, 31.Russell Teibert © (17.Leonard Owusu 73’); 19.Julian Gressel (27.Ryan Raposo 82’), 45.Pedro Vite; 24.Brian White

Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 26.Florian Jungwirth, 28.Jake Nerwinski, 29.Simon Becher