Two in a Row! Whitecaps Win Back to Back!

by Michael Martinez


Image via Whitecaps FC Twitter

Image via Whitecaps FC Twitter

Two matches. The Whitecaps have won two matches in a row for the first time since May of last year. That is just crazy. The team are in crazy good form and they have been fighting for every match. The boys went to Salt Lake City to take on RSL and came out with a 2-1 victory. A pair of second half goals from Milinkovic, his first of the season, and a lat game winner from Cavallini. A little bit of masterclass from your MOTM, Fredy Montero, sure helped a bit as well. This win also pumps them to 15 points on the season and lands them in a playoff position. If they keep this form up, there is no way they don’t make the playoffs. 

Lineups

Vancouver Whitecaps: 4-2-3-1

Only one change to the starting 11 this time around. Ali Adnan replaces Bair and swaps sides with Dajome. Adnan is no stranger to LM, but it is a bit out of position. He also offers a different dynamic in the final third and going forward. 

Real Salt Lake: 4-2-3-1

Match Stats

VWFC Man of the Match: Fredy Montero

Referee: Kevin Stott

Scoring Summary

53’ – VAN – David Milinkovic (assisted by Cristian DΓ‘jome)

81’ – RSL – Justin Meram (Maikel Chang)

84’ – VAN – Lucas Cavallini (assisted by Fredy Montero)

Possession: RSL 63.1% – VAN 36.9%

Shots: RSL 25 – VAN 8

Shots on Goal: RSL 4 – VAN 3

Saves: RSL 1 – VAN 3

Fouls: RSL 12 – VAN 9

Offsides: RSL 0 – VAN 2

Corners: RSL 10 – VAN 6

Cautions

8′ – RSL –  Kyle Beckerman (yellow)

15’ – VAN – Janio Bikel (yellow)

41’ – VAN – Ali Adnan (yellow)

63’ – RSL – Kyle Beckerman (second yellow, red)

68’ – RSL – Donny Toia (yellow)

90’+1′ – VAN – Thomas Hasal (yellow)

90’+2’ – RSL – Corey Baird (yellow)

 

Match Recap

The Whitecaps were riding high after their exciting win against Montreal this last Wednesday. Marc dos Santos and the boys were ready to go and take points in Salt Lake City. Real Salt Lake came out on all cylinders with our defence having to buckle down and take on pressure until the end of the first half. RSL came close to getting on the board a few times and outshot the Whitecaps 13-2 before halftime. Thomas Hasal said, β€œNot Today” as he was able to conjure up a pair of critical saves to preserve a clean sheet during the first half.

The boys got the opening goal in the 53rd minute when Fredy Montero played a perfectly weighted ball over the top to Cristian Dajome, who passed it back in front of net for a streaking Milinkovic for a go-ahead goal making it 1-0. The goal is the first in MLS for Milinkovic, who also assisted in each of the previous two matches. 

A comeback proved to be difficult for RSL  after Kyle Beckerman got sent off in the 63rd minute. Beckerman drew his second yellow card of the match after VAR showed he actually kicked Hasal’s head in a scrum for the ball in the 6-yard box. His ejection left RSL with only 10 men over the final 27 minutes.

MLS journeyman Justin Meram came to the rescue for RSL as he leveled the score in the 81st minute. Maikel Chang floated a pass into Meram near the back post and headed it forward for his third goal of the season making it 1-1 with just less than 10 minutes left of play.

Just three minutes later, the Whitecaps were off and running! Sprung by a perfectly weighted long ball from Michael Baldisimo. Montero attacked along the right side and left a well-placed cross for Cavallini who slid in for his first MLS game-winner. 

Cavallini came off the bench for the first time after serving a suspension in the last outing against Montreal. Baldisimo now has three assists in his first five MLS matches. The academy graduate has proven himself will be fighting for a place in no time. Montero finished with two assists on the evening, after tallying two goals and an assist this last Wednesday against Montreal Impact.

While the Whitecaps did not play particularly too well, they were still able to grind out a win away. This helps them move in the rankings in the Western Conference. They are now above the line with 15 points and are in a playoff spot!! The boys are in hot form as of late so there is no doubt they can keep it going. 

Cava and Fredy linked up incredibly well once Cava came on. This is exciting news that can potentially prove to be what MDS has been looking for all season. If they can play together, along with Dajome and Milinkovic, then things are going to start looking really good for the Whitecaps. 

Let’s hope they can keep the momentum going and make it 3 wins in a row on Wednesday, September 23 when they visit LAFC. Kickoff at Banc of California Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. PT, live on TSN1 and ESPN+.

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