Vancouver vs New York. Alphonso Davies, and Fredy Montero score to carry the Whitecaps to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
- Brek Shea, and Fredy Montero debut for Vancouver.
- Alphonso Davies continues to impress.
- Vancouver to face Mexican giants Tigres UANL in the semi-final.
Vancouver vs New York
Goals: Davies (5′), Montero (76′)
It did not take long for Vancouver to make an impact. Wunderkind Alphonso Davies received a great cross in New York’s penalty box, and then made no mistake beating New York keeper Luis Robles from close range. Vancouver’s early goal meant that they had the advantage in the two legged tie, and as a result the Whitecaps slowed the game down. Nonetheless Red Bull almost drew level after Daniel Royer missed a close range effort after a Red Bulls’ corner. Vancouver, however, recovered quickly. Davies stole the ball on his own half, and spotted Kekuta Manneh, whose run ended with an effort on New York’s goal that was just stopped by Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Robles. On the other side David Ousted had to pull out a close range miracle stop against Bradley Wright-Philips to keep the advantage for Vancouver.
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The second half started with several chances on both sides. Vancouver had the first major chance of the second half when Marcel de Jong slotted a free kick from 20 yards out underneath New York’s wall. Robles, however, showed great composure, and calmly collected the ball. Ousted then once again had to come up big for Vancouver when he tipped a Wright-Philips header over the cross bar. Vancouver were next to miss a major chance when Brek Shea mistimed a volley from close range after a wonderful cross from the left side of the pitch. Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson brought on Fredy Montero in the second half of the closing interval. There was an immediate buzz around BC Place when the striker was brought on with fans welcoming the Colombian striker with a standing ovation. Shortly, after coming on Montero impact when he scored after a Davies corner with a clinical finish from 12 yards out.
Vancouver vs New York – Man of the Match
Alphonso Davies was the man of the match. The 16-year-old kept his composure to score the opening goal within five minutes. He then also assisted on Montero’s first goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
A midweek fixture, and the absence of capos in the Southside, one of two major supporters sections of the Whitecaps, meant that the atmosphere inside BC Place was somewhat subdued in what should have been a great celebration for the what was the furthest the club has ever advanced in continental football.
Vancouver vs New York – Match Stats
- Alphonso Davies scores his second CONCACAF Champions League goal.
- Fredy Montero scores his first Champions League goal.
- Whitecaps advance to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in history.
David Ousted – Nerwinski, Waston, Parker, Harvey – Laba, Teibert – Davies, Manneh (Jacobsen 81′), de Jong (Montero 66′) – Shea
Coach: Carl Robinson
New York Red Bulls:
Robles – Zizzo, Collin, Long, Lawrence – Felipe, Davis (Grella 80′) – Kljestan, Royer (Muyl 60′) – Véron (Etienne 7′), Wright-Philips
Coach: Jesse Marsch