The Philadelphia Union hadn't lost at home in 2016, until the Vancouver Whitecaps came knocking. The Whitecaps used goals from Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolanos in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. The Union had been riding a 6-0-2 record at home and had only given up sixteen goals in 14 matches this season, but the visiting Whitecaps were able to solve them for their third road victory of the season.
Nine changes were made from the Whitecaps starting 11 against Toronto FC on Tuesday, with Pedro Morales and Christian Bolanos serving as the only hold-overs. David Ousted reclaimed his spot between the pipes, while Andrew Jacobson and Tim Parker partnered at Center Back.
The Whitecaps were doing without the suspended Kendall Waston. Interestingly enough, the ever fun to watch Jordan Smith earned a spot on the backline, while Jordan Harvey also slotted in. Matias Laba took his spot in the defensive midfield, while Nicolas Mezquida and Kektua Manneh joined Morales and Bolanos in midfield. Erik Hurtado took the spot up top, with Octavio Rivero not dressing for the match. With rumors Rivero has been sold to a Chilean club, The lineup report from WhitecapsFC.com was interesting, to say the least.
It was a rough start for the road squad, although they were able to fight their way back before the break. In the 14th minute, the Philadelphia Union opened the scoring thanks to Roland Alberg and some nifty footwork and precise passing from the Union attack. The Whitecaps looked pretty silly as Philadelphia worked into their end, finishing with Alberg's rocket past David Ousted.
The Whitecaps were able to strike back quickly, with Andrew Jacobson finding his way onto the scoresheet in the 19th minute. Christian Bolanos took a corner kick that Union Goalkeeper Andre Blake wasn't able to fully get his mitts on. Jacobson was able to get his head on the ball instead, knocking in his first goal as a Whitecap.
The Union nearly countered back with their second of the game just a few moments later, but Fabian Herbers was unable to get his head on a Fabinho ball. The Whitecaps struck back with a chance in the 25th minute, but Blake made a nice save off a Nicolas Mezquida shot.
The Whitecaps would take the lead just before half after a brilliant Kekuta Manneh goal. Manneh took the ball just before the half line, steaming ahead and sprinting past the Union backline with ease. He then cut into the middle just in front of the box before placing a shot off the post and in.
Truly a wonderful individual effort from Manneh, who's timely goal gave the Whitecaps a boost of confidence heading into the half.
In the second half, the two teams traded chances while the Whitecaps tried to guide their three precious points home. In the 65th minute, Pedro Morales came off in favor of Russell Teibert, while Blas Perez came on for Mezquida in the 74th minute. It was not my preference, as I thought Erik Hurtado had been looking ineffective as the match wore on. The final sub saw Kekuta Manneh off for Cristian Techera in the 78th minute.
In the 80th minute, Andrew Jacobson made a nice defensive play. As the Union countered and Sebastien Le Toux tried to take a pass in deep, Jacobson tracked back and cleared the pass, which had been just behind its intended target. The lead stayed at 2-1.
In the 84th minute, the Whitecaps were able to put the match away, thanks to Christian Bolanos and his 5th goal of the MLS Regular Season.
Bolanos gives Vancouver a 3-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/zn36QDe8UI— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) June 26, 2016
The Union were able to score a consolation goal in the 4 minutes of stoppage time thanks to Leo Fernandes, but it was the Whitecaps earning three points in the jam packed Western Conference. Next up, the second leg of the ACC against TFC at BC Place on Wednesday.