Whitecaps FC 1, Toronto FC 0

Gershon Koffie’s goal in the 60th minute lifted the Vancouver

Whitecaps to a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday in the

teams’ season opener.

Koffie helped the Whitecaps win their opener for the third year

in a row. He scored following some beautiful passing shortly after

Vancouver took control of the play.

The Whitecaps won their first-ever MLS game against Toronto in

2011 and beat Montreal in last year’s opener en route to becoming

the first Canadian team to qualify for the league playoffs.

The loss spoiled the debut of new Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen, a

recently retired English Premier League star and New Zealand

international, who has undertaken several lineup changes in a bid

to improve the team’s 10th place finish in the Eastern Conference

last year.