Whitecaps FC 3, Fire 1
Camilo scored two goals six minutes apart to lead the Vancouver
Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.
Camilo leads MLS with 12 goals this season. Second-half
substitute Kekuta Manneh also scored for the Whitecaps (8-7-6) as
they extended their unbeaten streak to a club record six games.
Vancouver overtook the idle Los Angeles Galaxy for third place
in the Western Conference. Chicago (6-9-3) has lost two
”I try to score every time I can, but I’m very happy today to
score,” Camilo said. ”More important for me, our club is getting
up in the table.”
Camilo scored in the 66th and 72nd minutes and Manneh tallied in
the 84th. Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton was denied a second
consecutive shutout as Patrick Nyarko scored a few seconds before
the game ended.
”The first half was a little bit slow,” said Whitecaps coach
Martin Rennie. ”The tempo wasn’t too great from us, and I didn’t
think we kept the ball as well as we have been, and we didn’t keep
the ball as well as we have been, and we didn’t create as many
chances as we have.
”But in the second half, I thought we improved a lot.”
Vancouver’s offense erupted early in the second half after
struggling to get going in the first 45 minutes.
Kenny Miller had an excellent chance in the 53rd minute, but he
could not get a shot away after taking a Camilo pass from right
flank, instead misfiring as the crowd roared in anticipation of a
In the 60th minute, Chicago’s Mike Magee, who entered the game
tied for the league scoring lead, thought he had scored and started
to put his arms up in celebration, but the ball curled wide of the
”Today, obviously, we weren’t good with our attacking chances,
and they made the most of theirs,” said Magee, who entered the
game tied for the league scoring lead but was held in check.
Six minutes later, Camilo fielded a long punt from Knighton
between Rolfe and Fire teammate Shaun Francis. Then the Brazilian
deked Francis, twisting him inside-out, and put in a low shot.
Knighton earned an assist for the second straight game.
After the goal, Vancouver’s Kekuta Manneh knelt down and using
his knee as a stool, polished Camilo’s boot with his jersey. Camilo
responded by kissing him on the head.
In the 72nd minute, Camilo got a breakaway only to see Tornaghi
dive and poke the ball away from him. But Camilo quickly retrieved
the ball and, with Chicago players standing around and watching,
rolled a shot past Tornaghi, who evidently was screened.
Notes: Newly-signed Danish goalkeeper David Ousted served as
Knighton’s backup. It was the first game for which Ousted was
eligible to suit up after the opening of an international transfer
window. Joe Cannon, 38, who started the season as Vancouver’s No. 1
keeper, was a healthy scratch. … Chicago’s Daniel Paladin and
Gonzalo Segares were absent due to suspensions. Paladini served the
first of a two-game suspension for a reckless challenge against a
Kansas City player July 7, and Segares was suspended for
yellow-card accumulation. … Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert
is back in Vancouver after contracting an illness in Seattle while
he was with Canada’s Gold Cup team. But he remained sidelined. The
illness forced Teibert to miss Canada’s final two round-robin
games. Had the 20-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., native been
healthy, he would have missed the Vancouver-Chicago game anyway.
… Chicago No. 1 goalkeeper Sean Johnson was away with the U.S.
team at the Gold Cup. … Vancouver central defender Andy O’Brien,
considered close to returning, sat out again with a hamstring