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

straight.

”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

goal.

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

net.

”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

injury.