Vancouver vs New York Red Bulls – Wunderkind Alphonso Davies carries Whitecaps to the Semi-Finals

Vancouver vs New York Red Bulls – Wunderkind Alphonso Davies carries Whitecaps to the Semi-Finals

Vancouver vs New York. Alphonso Davies, and Fredy Montero score to carry the Whitecaps to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Brek

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Vancouver vs New York. Alphonso Davies, and Fredy Montero score to carry the Whitecaps to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

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.

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.

Talking Point

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.

Newly acquired Fredy Montero gave his debut for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night in the match Vancouver vs New York. (JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Newly acquired Fredy Montero gave his debut for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night in the match Vancouver vs New York. (JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Line-ups

Vancouver Whitecaps:

Formation: 4-2-3-1

David Ousted – Nerwinski, Waston, Parker, Harvey – Laba, Teibert – Davies, Manneh (Jacobsen 81′), de Jong (Montero 66′) – Shea

Coach: Carl Robinson

New York Red Bulls:

Formation: 4-2-2-2

Robles – Zizzo, Collin, Long, Lawrence – Felipe, Davis (Grella 80′) – Kljestan, Royer (Muyl 60′) – Véron (Etienne 7′), Wright-Philips

Coach: Jesse Marsch

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