VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4W-5L-3D) played to a second straight 2-2 draw on Wednesday night at BC Place, earning a share of the spoils with San Jose Earthquakes (2W-5L-3D).
Yordy Reyna scored his first goal of the season and added a helper, while Felipe recorded two assists for the second straight outing – increasing his team-leading tally to five this season. The ‘Caps created a number of chances on the night, outshooting San Jose 22-16, but were forced to settle for a point.
There was plenty of action in this one from the get go.
After the two teams traded chances within the first five minutes, Cristian Techera opened the scoring for Vancouver in the 19th minute, finishing from the top of the six after a nice little throughball from Reyna.
Techera puts the 'Caps up 1-0 AND keeps his jersey on. pic.twitter.com/ReKy9cmPLr— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) May 17, 2018
It was a deserved early lead for the ‘Caps, who looked lively throughout the opening half.
But San Jose responded in first-half injury time through Danny Hoesen, who got in behind the ‘Caps back line and lobbed Brian Rowe to level the score. And they would strike again on a 53rd-minute counter, taking the lead through Nick Lima’s left-footed curler from the top of the area.
The ‘Caps kept fighting, though, and would quickly get their equalizer in the 64th minute.
After nearly connecting on a Marcel de Jong cross just a few minutes prior, Reyna got a second opportunity and this time headed in the Canadian’s delivery off the back of a Quakes defender.
Reyna had a glorious chance to score a late winner in the 84th minute, forcing a turnover and getting in behind the Quakes back line, but could not beat Andrew Tarbell. It was a busy outing for the Quakes keeper, who helped the visitors steal a point with seven saves on the night.
The ‘Caps continue their busy week on Saturday, facing FC Dallas in what is expected to be a scorching hot afternoon at Toyota Stadium (1 p.m. PT kickoff on CTV, TSN, and TSN 1040 radio).
MCMILLAN 'CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
For every 'Caps corner kick at home, McMillan donates $100 to the United Way. An additional $500 is donated for every goal scored off a corner kick. This match McMillan Corners for Kids has donated $1,000 for a running total of $3,300.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Marcel de Jong
Referee: Armando Villarreal
19’ – VAN – Cristian Techera (Yordy Reyna, Felipe)
45’+1’ – SJ – Danny Hoesen (Florian Jungwirth)
53’ – SJ – Nick Lima (Valeri Qazaishvili)
64’ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Marcel de Jong, Felipe)
Possession: VAN 46% – SJ 54%
Shots: VAN 22 – SJ 16
Shots on Goal: VAN 9 – SJ 3
Saves: VAN 1 – SJ 7
Fouls: VAN 8 – SJ 8
Offsides: VAN 1 – SJ 1
Corners: VAN 10 – SJ 6
73’ – SJ – Anibal Godoy
87’ – SJ – Florian Jungwirth
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12.Brian Rowe; 3.Sean Franklin, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 18.José Aja, 17.Marcel de Jong; 13.Cristian Techera (20.Brek Shea 81’), 6.Efraín Juárez, 8.Felipe, 67.Alphonso Davies; 29.Yordy Reyna (11.Nicolás Mezquida 84’), 23.Kei Kamara
Substitutes not used
39.Sean Melvin, 7.Bernie Ibini, 28.Jake Nerwinski, 31.Russell Teibert, 66.Aly Ghazal
San Jose Earthquakes
28.Andrew Tarbell; 24.Nick Lima, 15.Jimmy Ockford, 23.Florian Jungwirth ©, 31.Harold Cummings, 6.Shea Salinas (3.Francois Affolter 81’); 7.Magnus Eriksson, 20.Anibal Godoy, 14.Jackson Yueill (27.Fatai Alashe 88’), 11.Valeri Qazaishvili (8.Chris Wondolowski 84’); 9.Danny Hoesen
Substitutes not used
12.Matt Bersano, 2.Joel Quiberg, 16.Chris Wehan, 25.Quincy Amarikwa