Whitecaps lose more than a game in Philly.

Dec 19 2017, 4:53 am

The Vancouver Whitecaps took to the field on their first MLS road game of the season in Philadelphia and were beaten 1-0.

It was a very chippy affair between the two teams with five yellow cards handed out in the first half, three to the Union and two to Vancouver.

Vancouver had a much different look to start the game as they were missing four of their starters due to injury and international duty.

Joe Cannon started in goal in place of Jay Nolly who has an injury to his shoulder, while both centre backs Jay DeMerit and Michael Boxall are with their respective countries taking part in international matches.

Greg Janick and Alain Rochat played at the centre back position while Blake Wagner started at left back and Nizar Khalfan was on the right wing in place of Davide Chiumiento.

The Whitecaps carried majority of the play for the first half with strikes from both strikers Atiba Harris and Eric Hassli that gave the Philly keeper some problems.

After a scoreless first half the Caps and Union went into the second half both very attack minded looking for the opening goal.

Eric Hassli, was the target for Philadelphia defenders the entire first half was definitely frustrated and unfortunately was given his second yellow card which meant he was sent off and faces a possible suspension from the league.

This forced the Whitecaps to play very defensive but in the 77th minute Philadelphia was able to score, as Carlos Ruiz beat Caps keeper Joe Cannon for a 1-0 lead.

With one man down, the Whitecaps weren’t able to generate any offense and now fall to 1-1-0 on the MLS season.

Vancouver returns home and will have a week of training before hosting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday afternoon at Empire Field.

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