Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC maintained its perfect
start to the 2013 MLS season by claiming a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew at
BC Place on Saturday.
The Whitecaps opened the season with a 1-0 home win over Toronto FC, and they
looked a strong bet to continue that roll when Daigo Kobayashi gave them the
lead early on in Saturday's tilt.
Jairo Arrieta pulled Columbus level early in the second half, but Kenny Miller
struck just before the hour mark to help Vancouver (2-0-0) collect a total of
six points from its opening two games. Columbus (1-1-0) remains on three
points following its comfortable defeat of Chivas USA last weekend.
The Whitecaps grabbed the opener through Kobayashi's sensational sixth-minute
strike. The Japanese midfielder collected a pass from Darren Mattocks and
fired a shot over the head of Andy Gruenebaum, finding the upper corner of the
net from 35 yards out.
Vancouver nearly doubled its advantage on three separate occasions in the
final six minutes of the opening period.
The first came as a result of a well-worked move down the left flank. Alain
Rochat laid the ball off for Miller, whose shot was parried aside by
Gruenebaum. Nigel Reo-Coker was left with an open look at goal but he sent his
attempt over the frame.
Miller had another fine opportunity to extend Vancouver's lead moments later,
but his shot from close range was turned out for a corner kick. The ensuing
delivery from Kobayashi was met by Brad Rusin, who sent his header off the
post. Columbus cleared their lines and retreated to the locker room for
halftime, fortunate to be trailing by just one goal.
The 'Caps were left to rue those misses as the Crew leveled the score less
than a minute into the second half. Ben Speas threaded a through ball into the
path of Arrieta, who fired a low shot that unbalanced Joe Cannon and ended up
in the back of the net.
Vancouver battled back and eventually restored its one-goal lead when Miller
dispossessed Glauber in the 57th minute and promptly slotted a shot past the
The 'Caps thought they had wrapped up the affair 11 minutes from time when
Erik Hurtado turned in a square pass from Miller, but the goal was disallowed
as the rookie striker was ruled offside.
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