CHESTER, PA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-6-5) saw their six-match unbeaten run come to an end with a 4-0 defeat against Philadelphia Union (6-7-3) at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday.
Head coach Carl Robinson started an unchanged lineup for the first time this season, trotting out the same group from a 5-2 victory over Orlando City SC on June 9.
The Union took the lead on 24 minutes when Bořek Dočkal picked up a loose ball in the box and ripped a left foot strike into the far corner.
Whitecaps FC had a great opportunity to level the match on 54 minutes when Yordy Reyna and substitute Nicolás Mezquida played a two-man fast-break down the left flank, ending with a Mezquida shot that deflected just wide of the far post.
Dočkal doubled Philadelphia’s lead on 71 minutes when he cut through the box and fired in his second goal of the match. Red cards to José Aja and Reyna led to a pair of penalty kicks for Philadelphia, finished by Ilsinho and Fafa Picault for the final score.
The ‘Caps are back at BC Place next Sunday, July 1 when they host Colorado Rapids on Canada Day. Two tickets and a special commemorative Canada/Whitecaps scarf are available for $90 at whitecapsfc.com. Fans are encouraged to wear their red and white to the match and bring their flags to show their national pride. Members of Canada’s 1986 FIFA World Cup team will be recognized at the match, while 60 new Canadian citizens will receive their citizenship earlier in the day at BC Place. For more information on tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
Budweiser Man of the Match:
24’ – PHI – Bořek Dočkal (Ilsinho)
71’ – PHI – Bořek Dočkal (Alejandro Bedoya)
74’ – PHI – Ilsinho (penalty kick)
90'+4 – PHI – Fafa Picault (penalty kick)
Possession: Philadelphia 59.4% – Vancouver 40.6%
Shots: Philadelphia 25 – Vancouver 2
Shots on Goal: Philadelphia 11 – Vancouver 0
Saves: Philadelphia 0 – Vancouver 7
Fouls: Philadelphia 10 – Vancouver 10
Offsides: Philadelphia 0 – Vancouver 1
Corners: Philadelphia 9 – Vancouver 6
31’ – PHI – Fafa Picault
82’ – VAN – Yordy Reyna
83’ – VAN – Anthony Blondell
72’ – VAN – José Aja
90'+4’ – VAN – Yordy Reyna
18.Andre Blake; 12.Keegan Rosenberry, 4.Mark McKenzie, 26.Auston Trusty, 28.Ray Gaddis; 11.Alejandro Bedoya, 2.Warren Creavalle; 25.Ilsinho (20.Marcus Epps 76'), 10.Bořek Dočkal, 9.Fafa Picault; 17.C.J. Sapong (19.Cory Burke 66')
1.John McCarthy, 3.Jack Elliott, 7.David Accam, 8.Derrick Jones, 33.Fabinho
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12.Brian Rowe; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 18.José Aja, 2.Doneil Henry, 20.Brek Shea; 13.Cristian Techera (77.Jordon Mutch HT), 66.Aly Ghazal (9.Anthony Blondell 71'), 8.Felipe, 67.Alphonso Davies (11.Nicolás Mezquida HT); 23.Kei Kamara, 29.Yordy Reyna
39.Sean Melvin, 3.Sean Franklin, 6.Efraín Juárez, 22.Aaron Maund