VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 5 – ORLANDO CITY SC 2 

‘Caps continue offensive onslaught as Davies enjoys record afternoon

 

VANCOUVER: Alphonso Davies scored a goal and tallied a new club MLS record three assists to lead Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6W-5L-5D) to a wild 5-2 victory over Orlando City SC (6W-7L-1D) at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.

Kei Kamara recorded a brace, and Yordy Reyna and Nicolás Mezquida each slotted a goal apiece for the ‘Caps, whose five goals tied their club MLS record for most in a single match, previously set last October 25, 2017 in their Knockout Round victory over San Jose Earthquakes in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The white-hot ‘Caps offence has now tallied 16 goals in their last six matches.

The ‘Caps opened the scoring when Felipe initiated a counter attack with Davies going on an amazing run from halfway to the Orlando penalty area, before setting up Kamara in the 36th minute.

The Lions went down to 10 men in the second half after Mohamed El-Munir brought down Jake Nerwinski on the right flank in the 58th minute, resulting in the City left back’s second yellow card of the match, and an automatic send-off. El-Munir will have to sit out two matches for yellow card accumulation and the red card.

Orlando City evened the scoring at 1-1 in the 64th minute after forward Josué Colman played the ball out wide to Tony Rocha, whose low cross was met by Sacha Kljestan, placing his shot in the bottom-right corner.

The ‘Caps retook the lead in the 76th minute after a determined Nerwinski did well to keep the ball in play in the Orlando box with his sliding effort, which found Jordon Mutch at the top of the box. The Englishman’s low shot was parried but Davies was on hand to pick up the pieces from close range.

Vancouver were then awarded a penalty kick when Reyna drew a foul from City centre back Amro Tarek inside the box less than 10 minutes later, which Kamara took care of with a cool finish for the 3-1 advantage.

But the ‘Caps weren’t done there. Davies continued his attack into the Lions defence, setting up Reyna and Mezquida for a pair of goals in the 87th and 90th minutes to put the match away. Orlando received a consolation goal in added time after Dom Dwyer came on late to score from close range, making the final tally 5-2.

Whitecaps FC now go on a two-week break for the FIFA World Cup. They are back in action on Saturday, June 23 when they visit Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. live on TSN and TSN Radio 1040.

The ‘Caps are back home on Canada Day, when they host Colorado Rapids on Sunday, July 1 at BC Place. Visit whitecapsfc.com for ticket information.

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 $100 for a running total of $4,200.

MATCH DETAILS

Budweiser Man of the Match: Felipe
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Attendance: 22,120

Scoring Summary
36′ – VAN – Kei Kamara (Alphonso Davies)
64′ – ORL – Sacha Kljestan (Tony Rocha, Josué Colmán)
76′ – VAN – Alphonso Davies
85′ – VAN – Kei Kamara (penalty kick)
87′ – VAN – Yordy Reyna (Alphonso Davies)
90′ – VAN – Nicolás Mezquida (Alphonso Davies)
90’+4′ – ORL – Dominic Dwyer (Chris Mueller, Josué Colman)

Statistics
Possession: VAN 48.8% – ORL 51.2%
Shots: VAN 16 – ORL 13
Shots on Goal: VAN 9 – ORL 6
Saves: VAN 4 – ORL 4
Fouls: VAN 13 – ORL 16
Offsides: VAN 2 – ORL 0
Corners: VAN 1 – ORL 6
Duels won: VAN 51 – ORL 47
Tackles won: VAN 15 – ORL 13

Cautions 
12′ – ORL – Will Johnson
27′ – ORL – Mohamed El-Munir
33′ – VAN – Brek Shea
45′ – ORL – Cristian Higuita
50′ – ORL – RJ Allen
58′ – ORL – Mohamed El-Munir
70′ – VAN – José Aja

Ejection
58′ – ORL – Mohamed El-Munir

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12.Brian Rowe; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 18.José Aja, 2.Doneil Henry, 20.Brek Shea; 13.Cristian Techera (11.Nicolás Mezquida 74′), 66.Aly Ghazal (77.Jordon Mutch 74′), 8.Felipe, 67.Alphonso Davies; 23.Kei Kamara ©, 29.Yordy Reyna (31.Russell Teibert 88′)

Substitutes not used
39.Sean Melvin, 3.Sean Franklin, 9.Anthony Blondell, 22.Aaron Maund

Orlando City SC
1.Joe Bendik; 4.Will Johnson (27.RJ Allen 40′), 28.Chris Schuler, 3.Amro Tarek, 13.Mohamed El-Munir; 7.Cristian Higuita (14.Dom Dwyer 64′), 20.Oriol Rosell; 17.Chris Mueller, 16.Sacha Kljestan ©, 9.Justin Meram (8.Tony Rocha 60′); 10.Josué Colmán

Substitutes not used
36.Earl Edwards, Jr., 6.Richie Laryea, 29.Stéfano Pinho, 33.Jose Villarreal

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