PORTLAND, OR - Despite falling behind midway through the opening half, the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated 10-man Portmore United 5-1 in their opening match of the Rose City Invitational tournament at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Fullback Jordan Harvey scored twice for the Blue and White, and both striker Darren Mattocks (1G, 2A) and midfielder Russell Teibert (1G, 1A) had multi-point performances.
Portmore United were reduced to 10 men after just fourteen minutes when goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett handled the ball outside the area, but despite this deficit it was the Jamaican side who opened the scoring through Ricardo Morris in the twenty-sixth minute. The Caps equalized just five minutes later through newcomer Nicolás Mezquida. By the time the match was over, Vancouver had scored four more goals through Harvey (2), Mattocks, and Russell Teibert.
The Whitecaps will next face San Jose Earthquakes in their second match of the Rose City Invitational this Wednesday afternoon at 5pm and will close out the tournament against the Portland Timbers on Saturday afternoon.
Vancouver Whitecaps - Marco Carducci, Steven Beitashour, Andy O'Brien, Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Russell Teibert, Erik Hurtado (Gershon Koffie 64'), Nicolás Mezquida (Kenny Miller 70'), Sebastián Fernández (Kektua Manneh 70'), Darren Mattocks
Portmore United - Jacomeno Barrett (Gariene McPherson 16'), Adrian Reid, Upston Edwardsm Kereem Manning (Jovan East 77'), Leaughn Williams, Damian Williams (Roberto Johnson 77'), Kamaal Reid (Ewan Grandison 45'), Ricardo Morris, Alonzo Adlam, Francois Swaby (Stephen Willams ), Cleon Pryce (Adoah Nickle 45')
PU - Morris 6', VWFC Mezquida 31', Harvey 49' (Hurtado, Mattocks), Mattocks 65' (Teibert), Harvey 71' (Manneh), Teibert 87' (Mattocks)
Yellow: VWFC: Beitashour (55')
Red: Portmore United: Barrent (14')
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