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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
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Final
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Colorado Rapids
COL
Saturday, April 5, 20146:30 PM
BC PlaceMLS Regular SeasonClearMLS LIVE,Altitude,CTV BCAttendance: 21000

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 81'COLJosé Mari
  • Nathan Sturgis
 79'COLJosé Mari
  • Marc Burch
 67'VANDarren Mattocks
  • Kenny Miller
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'+6'COL Clinton IrwinTime wasting
 80'COL Charles EloundouFoul
 77'VAN Matías LabaHand
 65'COL Marc BurchFoul
 54'VAN Matías LabaFoul
 25'COL Kamani HillHand
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+3'COL
Jared Watts (M)
Nathan Sturgis (M)
 90'+2'VAN
Erik Hurtado (M)
Steven Beitashour (D)
 74'VAN
Kekuta Manneh (F)
Kenny Miller (F)
 69'COL
Charles Eloundou (F)
Deshorn Brown (F)
 59'COL
Nick LaBrocca (M)
Kamani Hill (M)
 57'VAN
Sebastian Fernandez (F)
Gershon Koffie (M)

Starting Formations

1Ousted33Beitashour40O'Brien6DeMerit2Harvey15Laba28Koffie31Teibert77Morales11Mattocks9MillerM7016297231931Irwin5Piermayr27O'Neill3Moor4Burch6José Mari24Sturgis8Powers13Hill26Brown10TorresM2183319219412RAA4

Lineups

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1GDavid Ousted
33DSteven Beitashour
40DAndy O'Brien
6DJay DeMerit
2DJordan Harvey
15MMatías Laba
28MGershon Koffie
31MRussell Teibert
77MPedro Morales
11FDarren Mattocks
9FKenny Miller
Colorado Rapids
1GClinton Irwin
5DThomas Piermayr
27DShane O'Neill
3DDrew Moor
4DMarc Burch
6MJosé Mari
24MNathan Sturgis
8MDillon Powers
13MKamani Hill
26FDeshorn Brown
10FGabriel Torres
Bench
70Paolo Tornaghi
16Johnny Leveron
29Nicolás Mezquida
7Sebastian Fernandez
23Kekuta Manneh
19Erik Hurtado
3Sam Adekugbe
 
2Nick LaBrocca
18Marvin Chavez
33Jared Watts
19Charles Eloundou
21Grant Van de Casteele
94Marlon Hairston
12John Berner
Managers
  Carl Robinson
 
  Pablo Mastroeni
OFFICIALS

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RefereeIoannis Stravrides  
Assistant RefereeKevin Klinger  
Assistant RefereeMatthew Kreitzer  
Fourth OfficialDaniel Radford  
Saturday, April 5, 2014
6:30 PM
BC Place
MLS LIVE,Altitude,CTV BC

VANCOUVER, B.C. – José Mari scored late, long-range goals with each foot, including a spectacular strike with his left, to give the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 win on the road against a Vancouver Whitecaps squad reduced to 10 men by a controversial second-half red card to Matias Laba.

With Vancouver leading 1-0, José Mari leveled the game at one apiece in the 79th minute, using the outside of his left foot to bend an effort past David Ousted from outside the penalty area. Two minutes later, he fired the Rapids into the lead with a right-footed effort teed up by teammate Nathan Sturgis, a play on which Ousted appeared to be screened.

The sending off of Laba in the 77th minute was the key moment in the game, as the Rapids looked fairly toothless before the Argentine's dismissal. Having already booked Laba in the 54th minute, referee Ionnis Stavridis issued Laba his second yellow, this time for grabbing the ball with his hand when he thought he had been fouled. Stavridis then appeared to hesitate, perhaps forgetting the player's initial caution, before several Rapids players did the courtesy of reminding him.

Darren Mattocks had given Vancouver a deserved lead when he scored on 66 minutes, opening his 2014 account on a breakaway after Kenny Miller held up the ball before sending him in alone with a flicked pass.

In addition to the red card, Vancouver will also look back with frustration on a miss from the influential Pedro Morales in the 68th minute, as the Chilean failed to beat Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who was making his first appearance of the season, from about six yards out. On the play, Mattocks burst forward on a counter-attack before laying the ball into the path of the Designated Player.

Vancouver had other chances, too. The Whitecaps thought they had opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Mattocks poked home the rebound of a Morales shot from outside the area, but the play was correctly ruled offside. Colorado's best early chance came on 30 minutes when Deshorn Brown narrowly missed to the right of target with a low effort that eluded Ousted before going out harmlessly for a goal kick. Gabriel Torres set the play up with a well-weighted ball over the Vancouver back line.

Irwin also came up big for the Rapids in the 36th minute, stepping out to deny Mattocks after the Jamaican was sent through alone on the left by a penetrating Morales through ball. Vancouver had a penalty shout in the 39th minute, as Irwin appeared to make contact with Miller near the end line, but referee Stavridis adjudged there was no foul on the play.

The Whitecaps, now 1-1-2, are on the road next weekend against the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on Saturday. The Rapids, rising to 2-1-1, play away again next weekend, as they travel to BMO Field to take on Toronto FC.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 José Mari When you score not one, but two candidates for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week, you deserve high praise.
2 Darren Mattocks Dangerous all season, dangerous all night, he finally got his goal in the second half.
3 Clint Irwin Active first half in his first action of the season, then calmly handled stoppage-time set pieces.