‘Caps earn first win in Houston as Kamara scores his 100th career MLS regular season goal
HOUSTON, Texas: Kei Kamara scored his 100th MLS regular season goal and Brek Shea scored in his home state as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-0-0) earned their first ever win in Houston, taking down the Dynamo (1-1-0) 2-1 on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
It was a milestone match for Kamara, who was also making his 300th appearance in MLS, including playoffs.
After a cagey opening to the match, the steel grey clad ‘Caps earned a penalty kick in the 26th minute when Houston centre back Philippe Senderos shoved Kamara in the box. The new ‘Caps front man made it two goals in his first two matches to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
In the 36th minute left back Marcel de Jong was forced out of the match with a rib contusion. Brek Shea subbed on at left wing, moving Alphonso Davies to left back.
Houston responded and tied the match in the 39th minute. After taking a pass in the box from Tomás Martínez, Alberth Elis patiently cut into the centre and struck a deflected shot into the back of the net, leveling the score at 1-1.
Following the break, the Dynamo came out aggressive to start the second half, but it was the ‘Caps who took the lead in the 49th minute. Shea got the ball on the left wing and played a quick one-two combination with Kamara, sending him in a on a breakaway which he promptly finished to make the score 2-1.
Later, in a six-minute span, Stefan Marinovic came up with the two biggest saves of the six he made on the night, first sprawling to his left to stop a quick shot from Elis.
Kamara is the 10th player in MLS history to score 100 regular season goals. He has scored in his first two matches for Whitecaps FC
The win was the first ever for Whitecaps FC in Houston. The Dynamo lost only once at home in 2017, posting the best home record in the Western Conference
Felipe made his first start for Whitecaps FC
Jordon Mutch made his Whitecaps FC debut, subbing on for Russell Teibert in the 70th minute
Referee: Ted Unkel
Possession: Houston 67.3% – Vancouver 32.7%
Shots on Goal: Houston 7 – Vancouver 3
Saves: Houston 1 – Vancouver 6
Fouls: Houston 9 – Vancouver 10
Offsides: Houston 3 – Vancouver 1
Corners: Houston 15 – Vancouver 4
12′ – VAN – Russell Teibert