July 22, 2012
Whitecaps edge Quakes 2-1
VANCOUVER, BC -Two recent Vancouver Whitecaps acquisitions helped lead the team to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at in front of 20,112 BC Place Sunday.
Dane Richards gave Vancouver (9-6-7) the lead before the Earthquakes (13-5-4) drew level on a goal by Alan Gordon. Whitecaps FC secured all three points with a second-half penalty from Barry Robson delighted supporters in downtown Vancouver.
The result ended Whitecaps FC’s four-match winless streak and took them up to third in the Western Conference standings, though fourth-place Seattle Sounders FC have two games in hand on their Pacific Northwest rivals.
Young-Pyo Lee’s superb through ball to Richards allowed the speedy Jamaican to break in off the right flank and beat Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch from a tight angle for a 1-0 ‘Caps lead in the 20th minute. It was the winger’s first goal for Vancouver and second of the season following his move from New York Red Bulls.
The Earthquakes restored parity in the 38th minute, as Gordon headed home his ninth goal of the season at close range after Marvin Chavez played in a fine cross from the left to make it 1-1 at the break..
The key moment of the contest came just after the hour mark, as Whitecaps FC earned their first penalty of the season after Camilo Sanvezzo was taken down in the San Jose box by San Cronin. It was Robson that stepped up and drilled his spot kick past Busch for his second Whitecaps FC goal in as many matches in the 63rd minute.