Whitecaps Hold On 2-1 At Real Salt Lake Thanks To A Late Goal From Cavallini
Whitecaps hold on 2-1 at Real Salt Lake. Vancouver is now on a two-game winning streak thanks to a 53rd-minute goal by David Milinkovic and an 84th-minute goal by Lucas Cavallini. Vancouver moves past RSL into 7th spot in the west with the victory.
A scoreless first half between the two teams before Milinkovic would open the scoring. Kyle Beckerman would be sent off for a second yellow card in the 63rd minute for a foul on keeper Thomas Hasal. RSL wouldn't give up and would tie things thanks to Justin Meram in the 81st minute before the Whitecaps would respond.
The duo upfront of Fredy Montero and Cavallini would prove deadly for Vancouver. Their late goal would help the Whitecaps hold on 2-1 at Real Salt Lake Saturday evening.
Whitecaps Head Out On The Road After Important 3-1 Victory Over The Impact
The Vancouver Whitecaps headed out on the road after a crazy win 3-1 against the Impact. Wednesday night from BC Place would see a little bit of everything. After an extremely slow start to the first 35 minutes of the match, things would pick up. Rudy Camacho was sent off for punching Fredy Montero in the knee.
Montero would make no mistake on the ensuing penalty to make it 1-0. Vancouver would double the lead before the half. A great pass by Montero to David Milinkovic that sprung him down the left side with room. Milinkovic was able to cut it back to Cristian Dajome at the top of the box.
Montreal Impact would get one back in the second half thanks to Romell Quioto. He took a pass from Saphir Taider and muscled past Ranko Veselinovic before firing past Thomas Hasal. Vancouver would restore the 2 goal lead on a Montero brace. Montreal pushed late but some stot defensive play by Vancouver sealed the victory.
Real Salt Lake Embarrassed By The Rapids
Real Salt Lake is coming off a thrashing at the hands of the Colorado Rapids. 5-0 was the worse loss the team has seen at Rio Tinto Stadium. They will look to respond Saturday night against the Whitecaps. The onslaught started early for Rapids as Diego Rubio scored in the 3rd and 10th minute. RSL was able to limp into the half only down two goals. The second half started much like the first.
The Rapids would score two more goals and put a dagger in any hopes Real Salt Lake might have had. A red card to Douglas Martinez in the 64th minute and it went from bad to worse. Cole Bassett would add a late 88th-minute goal to give RSL their worst home loss at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Pre Match News, Notes, and, Lineups For Whitecaps At Real Salt Lake
One player we new wouldn't be in the lineup as the Whitecaps head out on the road is Yordy Reyna. It was announced Saturday morning he was being traded to DC United. $400 000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2021 season.
No one could deny that Reyna was a talented player. His work ethic and off-field choices did leave a lot to question. With Fredy Montero looking back to form and Lucas Cavallini coming back from suspension it was clear he was an expendable piece. Insert joke about Andy Livingston Park here. The Whitecaps seem happy upfront with Theo Bair and Cristian Dajome. Both looked sharp at times on Wednesday's victory over the Impact.
Head Coach Marc Dos Santos would make just one change to the starting lineup. Theo Bair would out on the wing for Ali Adnan. Cristian Dajome will move over to the right side and Montero once again gets the start-up front after his strong play. Everything else remains the same from the Whitecaps 3-1 victory over the Impact.
Real Salt Lake and Coach Freddy Juarez would make 2 changes to the squad that lost 5-0. He would move top scorer Damir Kreilach up top and bring out Corey Baird. And Marcelo Silva comes in at the back for Justen Glad. Kyle Beckerman gets the start in the midfield alongside Pablo Ruiz.
A 1st Half Stalemate For Whitecaps At Real Salt Lake
Things started off early as Kreilach was called for a foul on Veselinovic who went done awkwardly. Ali Adnan looked timid to press almost forgetting he was playing a wingback in the first several minutes. The teams would trade possession before Vancouver would earn the first corner in the 5th minute thanks to a Jake Nerwinski cross. It was taken shortly before Real Salt Lake was able to clear.
Vancouver would turn over the ball in the 6th minute. Thomas Hasal was tested with a long shot that he smothered easily. RSL would have another shot blocked by Vancouver before Dajome would draw a foul on the counter. The Whitecaps would give the ball away and salt lake would get their first corner in the 9th minute. A long ball that was cleared all the way back to the keeper Andrew Putna.
Things would die down for several minutes before things went back and forth. Toia would make a run all the way from the back but his shot was sent out between two Vancouver defenders. Right after in the 14th minute the whitecaps would win another corner after a Fredy Montero chance. Real Salt Lake was able to clear it out for a corner on the opposite side. The Corner was again cleared and Adnan missed the ball which forced Janio Bikel to take a yellow card in the 15th minute.
Off the ensuing play, Salt Lake was able to get a shot but it was off target and over the net. They were the more aggressive team in the early stages. Crossing it into the box and forcing the Vancouver defenders to be sharp. A long throw in the 19th minute would earn them another corner and it was swung it nicely. Hasal took a tumble but Veselinovic was there to clear it out. A couple more half-chances before the Whitecaps would control the ball in the 21st minute.
Montero would come back and send in a nice ball to Dajome. It initially looked like a corner but was given for Salt Lake. A foul on Gutierrez in the 25th minute was the only real excitement. Mikel Chang was lucky to stay out of the books. After a wasted long ball by Derek Cornelius and RSL was back in on the attack. They were unlucky after some nice work by Herrera and Chang led to a change for Rusnak. He sent it a foot over the net not testing Hasal. The home side would earn another corner in the 29th minute.
Hasal would fist out the initial cross in before having to make a great save on Ruiz. Kreilach would get a chance on the scramble would head it out just off the net. David Milinkovic and Ruiz would get in a bit of a mix-up and Milinkovic would go down. RSL would take the free-kick and win a corner. There was a foul in the box on Salt Lake, but they would win another corner on a bad Bikel pass in the 37th minute. It was cleared twice before Silva put another header wide of the far post. Vancouver was playing on the edge giving up so many corners.
The Whitecaps were not getting any chances in the Salt Lake to end. When Adnan was looked to be sprung in alone, he was beaten by Putna and took a tumble. Referee Kevin Stott Immediately gave him a yellow card in the 41st minute. Montero would almost set up Dajome if not for a great defensive play by Onuoha to knock it out over the net. The Whitecaps would win a corner. It was cleared to Adnan who almost curled one in, but It floated high over the net.
The two added minutes would tick away with nothing happening. It was a classic "the box is lava" first half by the Whitecaps. The expected goals after the first half were 0.06 to 1.23 for RSL. Yikes!
Real Salt Lake Sees Red In The 2nd Half
Real Salt lake would come out attacking in the second half. They would get a 47th-minute corner and Silva again headed it wide of the target. Vancouver would look to counter quickly after the goal kick. Milinkovic would find Adnan who switched it nicely. Dajome took a bit of a hard touch but was able to get his shot off. It was blocked for a corner. Real Salt Lake would counter back, but Vancouver stopped it. There was definitely a goal or two in this match.
The Whitecaps would earn a free kick in the 50th minute. Fredy Montero was clipped but it was not enough for booking in Stott's opinion. Dajome was looking dangerous down the right side. He would be rewarded with an assist after getting on the end of a Montero chip. He squared it back to Milinkovic who scored his first goal for the Whitecaps in the 53rd minute. It was all too deserving of the man trying to give 200%.
Real Salt Lake would try and press for an equalizing goal. They would control the ball and forced Hasal into a save right after the goal. He was equal to the task but the pressure would continue on past the 54th minute. The pressure would be relieved a bit after a foul in the 57th minute, MDS would bring on his first two substitutions bringing on Lucas Cavallini and Michael Baldisimo for Milinkovic and Bikel in the 59th minute.
Real Salt Lake was unphased as they would press on. Kreilach would earn another corner that Hasal was able to grab. Beckerman came down with a bit of a kick and caught Hasal. VAR referee Youness Marrakchi thought it was worth a second look. After Stott took a look he gave Beckerman a second yellow card. He was sent off with the red in the 63rd minute. It wasn't much but it was enough to warrant the second yellow.
Real Salt Lake would test Hasal again with 10 men. He was up to the task and was able to grab a loose header shortly after to settle things down. The Whitecaps would come back with Dajome down the right side. He put it in front but Cavallini wasn't able to get it on the net. RSL was holding the possession but Vancouver was looking to break any chance they could. Juarez would use his first substitution in the 71st minute. Bringing on the attacking Corey Baird for Donny Toia. The Whitecaps would win a free-kick and would make another sub of their own. Loenard Owusu would come on for Russel Tiebert in the 73rd.
The Whitecaps were trying to slow down things and hold the ball. The Monarchs were making that very hard still pressing with 10 men. It was leaving things open on the Counter for Vancouver. A great chance in the 76th minute and Putna was forced to make a save on Montero. The header across by Cavallini was the first real play Caps fans have seen this year between the two. RSL Would again have a nice chance but Justin Meram wasted a shot from a dangerous area in the 77th minute.
Lucas Cavallini and Montero had another chance and the combo looked good early. But after Vancouver wasn't able to hold onto the lead. RSL would work it down the right side and Chang crossed it to the back post. Meram wasn't marked very well by Nerwinksi and it was 1-1 in the 81st minute. Meram's 3rd goal of the year for RSL and they were back into the match. It was short-lived as the duo of Cavallini and Montero would be rewarded.
Some nice play holding the ball and Michael Baldisimo would sweep it out wide. Baldisimo should be nicknamed hockey as he keeps getting that 2nd assist. Montero was the target and he would beat Silva down the wing. A perfect ball in front of Cavallini would make it 2-1 in the 84th minute. It was Cavallini's second goal for Vancouver. It was clear he and Montero had some great chemistry.
Real Salt Lake would get a dangerous corner in the 87th minute. Kreilachs header was just over the net but Hasal was in a good position. MDS would make a defensive sub bringing on Andy Rose for Montero in the 87th minute. Things would remain nervous for the Whitecaps. They would give up another corner in the 89th minute. The ball came out to Ruiz but he lashed it wide. The 4th official indicated 9 added minutes and we were in for a crazy finish.
Hasal would be booked for time-wasting and RSL would make another change. Meram would be replaced by Jeizon Ramírez. Vancouver could waste a bit more time when Gutierrez was fouled. Corey Baird was in a bit dirty and he was shown yellow at 90 +2. Real Salt Lake was maintaining possession but Vancouver was holding tight. All the balls driven in were driven right back out by Cornelius and Veselinovic. The best chance was a cross in by Herrera that went past Cornelius and threw everyone for a goal kick.
Salt Lake would make one more sub bringing on the 17-year-old Christopher Garcia for Maikel Chang. Rusnak would earn a late free kick in the 9th minute of added time. Rusnak would take it quickly but it was cleared away by Nerwinski. Several more attempts to get the ball in but Kevin Stott would blow the final whistle and the Whitecaps hold on 2-1 at Real Salt Lake for the win.
Post Match Comments After The Whitecaps Hold On 2-1 At Real Salt Lake
Head coach Marc Dos Santos was in great spirits after the match. He spoke with media for nearly 20 minutes after the Whitecaps hold on 2-1 at Real Salt Lake. He was asked his thoughts on the match,
"I felt that in the first half we were a little bit disconnected in the midfield...We scored the first goal in a great play, and then when the red card comes it’s so tricky. In soccer, a red card doesn’t mean that everything is under control. You then have a team that has nothing to lose. You have a team that is home and came from a 5-0 home loss, so they have absolutely nothing to lose" He would continue on,
"The attitude to keep the win was very good. We suffered to get it, but it was very good the attitude, and that’s what I told the team. I said it’s not going to be nice our run of being on the road for two months, playing 12 games on the road because our home games are not home games. The most important thing is how can we get results, and the personality and attitude of the players were very good.”
Cavallini when I asked him about Wednesday against LAFC, “We have to enjoy tonight's win, but in a matter of three days, we have another final for us. Obviously against, you can say a tougher rival, even though they're missing one of their key players they still have a lot of really interesting players on the team. And we need to be careful. We need to keep going with what we've been doing now these past few games and, you know, try to be humble and study our next rival for the next game.”
Montero spoke on his connection with Cavallini and it was clear to see the two have meshed off the field. Fredy spoke also about how he saw a lot of himself in Cava after the Whitecaps hold on 2-1 at Real Salt Lake.
“Cava, he's a great guy. We created that connection outside of the field. And I see myself in him when I was that age – hungry to get some goals and show what he's capable of. And of course, he had the talent to play in another league in Europe. He's looking forward to it. We just need to help him. I’ve been in his shoes. When you don't get service when you don't get the ball. But now, I’m in a different role in this team, and I am happy to help him to get his high level because if he's good, the team's gonna be good as well. So I'm happy for him.”
Unnamed Sports Points After Whitecaps Hold On 2-1 At Real Salt Lake
Well, I have decided to add a bit more flair to post-match recaps. This is why every match I will give you the Half Time DJ Review, Ali Adnan "Blank Player", and my post media moment of the match. Also, make sure to follow me on Twitter for commentary all throughout the match.
Halt Time DJ Review -
Tonight that honor goes to not actual music but the MLS on TSN broadcast. More specifically Kristian Jack. It was nice they had time to squeeze in the Whitecaps Real Salt Lake match tonight between the Toronto FC DC United match and the endless post game they needed for it. Luckily you can always tune into TSN 1040 and catch some good Vancouver pre game coverage.
Ali Adnan "Best Hairdresser" -
Saturday saw Ali Adnan start as an attacker. He was timid at first but got comfortable as the game went along. MDS mentioned the high altitude after the game as the issue. Another Issue was whatever Ali did to Cava's hair!
What can't this guy do! Don't you dare @ me Defend!
Post Media Moment Of The Match
Tonight's post-media moment of the match goes to Gemma Karstens-Smith. She got this response from MDS when asked about dealing with the 9 minutes of added time, "I'm 43 and I'm going to be 61 after that game."
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