They might not have known a ton about their opponent, but that didn't stop the Vancouver Whitecaps from staging a 1-0 victory over Central FC on Tuesday night. The Whitecaps opener of the 2016/17 Champions League season included some puzzling lineup decisions, but they were able to stake themselves to the win on the strength of a Cristian Techera marker.
Head Coach Carl Robinson went with a youthful starting 11, including USL Call-up Spencer Richey in net, and fellow call-up Brett Levis getting the start at Left Back. WFC 2 Captain Kyle Grieg also snagged some minutes, as he figured in as a substitute in the 74th minute. Pa Modou Kah wore the Captain's armband for the match, while Erik Hurtado got the start up top.
The Whitecaps would open the scoring in the 34th minute, with Techera managing to put the ball in the net from a bad angle.
The win means Vancouver sits atop 'Group C', with a record of 1-0. They share the group with Sporting Kansas City and Central. The Whitecaps take on Sporting Kansas City in CCL play on August 23rd, but return to MLS regular season action this weekend against Colorado.