It was a result that seemed to grow more and more inevitable as the minutes ticked on. By the end of tonight's match the Vancouver Whitecaps were coasting easily over a broken, beaten Philadelphia Union team towards a 3-0 victory.
Pedro Morales opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, latching onto a Cristian Techera through-ball. El Capitano produced a calm finish, slotting the ball into the bottom corner. It was the kind of quality finishing that had been missing from Morales' game during his sluggish start to the season.
Morales' goal came just a few minutes after the Union's best chance of the match, whenAndrew Wenger was foiled magnificently by David Ousted from point-blank range. It was a save that wowed the entire BC Place crowd and had the Southsiders chanting the Great Dane's name for minutes afterward.
The 'Caps second goal came just before halftime, when Octavio Rivero showed strength and skill to knock Ethan White away from a poor back-pass and then to smash the ball past Brian Sylvestre and into the bottom corner. The Union appealed vehemently for a foul, but referee Ismail Elfath was unmoved.
The Whitecaps peppered Brian Sylvestre's goal for the majority of the second half, but the former Whitecaps Residency keeper looked up to the task. It was only when Darren Mattocksproduced a moment of magic that the 'Caps finally got their third goal in the 81st. The Jamaican striker dangled Maurice Edu out of his socks before powering the ball home. The goal came three minutes after the Union's rookie defender Richie Marquez was sent off for a serious foul on Cristian Techera.
Robert Earnshaw came on for the last 10 minutes of the match and looked dangerous, but by the time of his introduction the match was effectively over.
For the Whitecaps, this game was effectively a gimme. The second-last placed Union were down to their bare bones defensively and had key players missing all over the park. But despite all the odds being in their favour, the Caps could have easily gone a goal down early on. If he wasn't already, David Ousted surely now has to be an early contender for goalkeeper of the year.
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