Soehn starts Whitecaps reign with draw

Soehn starts Whitecaps reign with draw

Published Feb. 6, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps secured a 1-1 away draw at Chivas in Major League Soccer on Wednesday, in Tom Soehn's first game as coach.

Former D.C. United coach Soehn took the reins after Teitur Tudjohnsen was fired by the first-year MLS club, which won its opening match but has since gone 12 games without a victory.

Chivas opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half when Nick LaBrocca scored from 25 yards, but the Whitecaps replied almost immediately when Brazilian winger Camilo Sanvezzo curled a shot home.

Vancouver played the final 23 minutes a man short after forward Eric Hassli was sent off for a reckless tackle on Ben Zemanski. It was the French striker's third red card of the season.


Chivas USA had two good scoring chances with 10 minutes left, but goalkeeper Joe Cannon and the Vancouver defenders preserved the tie.

Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser had some high praise for Tommy Soehn and the Vancouver Whitecaps after their first game under the new coach.

Fraser said: ''They were extremely organized and their patience in pressuring was good and they made it difficult for us to break them down.'

''And I don't think we did a good enough job of probing and find ways behind them.''

Soehn added: ''Obviously, the start of the second half was disappointing, for them to get one, but I thought we responded well. Once you're down, we were in survival mode.

''From that standpoint, it was a really courageous effort from some of the guys to hang on for a point.''

Whitecaps skipper Jay DeMerit said: ''You need to use these types of regime changes as a lift, I suppose.

''You can't look at the past because it's called the past for a reason. What's in front of us is what's important and now we need to rally around our new manager.''