Whitecaps FC finish preseason with 3-1 win over Minnesota

Dec 19 2017, 8:25 pm

The Vancouver Whitecaps finished their preseason after recording a convincing 3-1 win over NASL club Minnesota United FC at the Simple Invitational tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Whitecaps started the match quickly, and opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Cristian Techera’s poorly cleared cross landed at the feet of Pedro Morales on the edge of the eighteen-yard box. Morales hit a hard, low shot that easily beat Minnesota ‘keeper Sammy Ndjock at the near post.

Vancouver doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark when striker Octavio Rivero escaped his marker and headed home a loose ball. The play started when Techera nearly scored from a free kick just on the edge of the United area, but the ball bounced off the underside of the crossbar and landed at the feet of the wide open Rivero, who nodded the ball past Ndjock.

Morales was given an opportunity to underline the Whitecaps’ first half dominance when Vancouver was awarded a penalty after Jordan Harvey was fouled inside the Minnesota area five minutes before halftime. Ndjock correctly dove to his right, but was unable to get a hand to Morales’ well placed shot.

The only consolation for Minnesota came in the 49th minute care of Damion Lowe in the aftermath of an incident that saw his teammate Kevin Venegas being shown a straight red card. The Whitecaps’ Christian Bolaños was originally called for fouling Venegas, but the Minnesota player was sent off for unsporting behavior after the whistle.

The Whitecaps, however, were also destined to finish the match with ten men when midfielder Kianz Froese was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle on Tiago Calvano in the 62nd minute.

With the preseason now behind them, the Whitecaps now have a week to prepare for their season opener against the Montreal Impact at BC Place on March 6th.


Scoring Summary
13′ – VAN – Pedro Morales (Cristian Techera)
32′ – VAN – Octavio Rivero
41′ – VAN – Pedro Morales (Penalty kick)
49′ – MIN – Damion Lowe (Tiago Calvano)

44′ – VAN – Kianz Froese
62′ – VAN – Kianz Froese
87′ – VAN – Pedro Morales

48′ – MIN – Kevin Venegas
62′ – VAN – Kianz Froese

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 8.Fraser Aird (6.Jordan Smith 71′), 4.Kendall Waston (22.Christian Dean 83′), 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey (3.Sam Adekugbe 71′); 38.Kianz Froese, 77.Pedro Morales©; 7.Christian Bolaños (32.Marco Bustos 83′), 27.Blas Pérez (20.Deybi Flores 64′), 13.Cristian Techera (23.Kekuta Manneh 64′); 29.Octavio Rivero

Substitutions not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi*, 14.Cole Seiler, 63.Kadin Chung^, 64.Thomas Gardner^, 65.Matthew Baldisimo^

^ WFC2
* Camp invitee

Minnesota United FC
33.Sammy Ndjock; 2.Justin Davis, 5.Tiago Calvano©, 16.Damion Lowe, 22.Kevin Venegas; 10.Ben Speas (32.Chris Ritter 49′), 23.Greg Jordan (77.Juliano Elizeu Vicentini 63′), 35.Tony Walls; 8.Danny Cruz (17.Lance Laing 63′), 12.Bernard Añor (13.Jamie Waston 72′), 21.Christian Ramirez (25.Ismala Jome 72′)

Substitutions not used
1.Aaron Perez, 3.Anthony Wallace, 4.Aaron Pitchkolan, 6.Brent Kallman, 15.Oc Okwuono, 18.Daniel Mendes, 20.Andrei Gotsmanov, 24.Kristian Nicht