Whitecaps FC 3, Real Salt Lake 0

BY foxsports • October 7, 2011

Brazilian striker Camilo scored two goals on penalty kicks to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Thursday night.

Nizar Khalfan also scored for the Whitecaps (5-16-10), who avoided matching a league record for fewest wins in a season.

''It feels good,'' Camilo said. ''We come back and we win again. We lost the last two games at home, but today is good.''

Salt Lake (15-11-6), which has already secured a playoff berth, extended its winless streak to four games.

''It's tough to evaluate the overall performance when you give up two PKs and you get an early red card,'' said Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis. ''So it'd be harsh to really get after the guys, but we still need to play better.''

Camilo's goals were his 10th and 11th of the season. He pulled into a tie for eighth in the league in scoring and took over the team lead from suspended striker Eric Hassli.

''It was a complete performance and one of the few of the season,'' said Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit who was involved in the scramble that led to their first goal.

Both penalty-kicks were awarded after hand-ball infractions in Salt Lake's 18-yard box during the 44th and 53rd minutes. Khalfan padded the lead with 2 minutes left against a tired Salt Lake squad that played a man down for the entire second half.

The game, played before a boisterous crowd of 20,113 under an open roof at newly-renovated BC Place, made up for a July 16 rainout. It also made up for Vancouver's lackluster effort in its first game at the spruced-up dome.

''It was an encouraging performance, I think,'' said Vancouver coach Tommy Soehn. ''When we look back at the last one, it was easy to come out angry and disappointed. Today, we came through and did all the little things that win you ball games.''

Soehn shook up his roster after an uninspiring 1-0 loss to Portland in the club's first game at BC Place. Rarely used Chinese striker Long Tan made his first start of the season in place of Hassli, who was suspended after receiving his eighth yellow card. ceCarlyle Mitchell, signed as a free agent in mid-September, played his first game, allowing Alain Rochat to move back to his preferred left defender spot.

Soehn also benched usual starting midfielder Davide Chiumiento in favor of Khalfan, a frequent second-half substitute.

''I thought Long Tan had a really good game - tough,'' said Soehn. ''He worked hard and created a lot. Mitchell, coming in at the back, he gave us some bite.''

Meanwhile, Salt Lake was missing top scorers Fabian Espinola (suspension for fifth yellow card) and Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rican national team duty).

In the 42nd minute, Salt Lake's Jamison Olave received a yellow card for holding up Tan. Then, just a minute later, Warner was called for a deliberate hand ball near Salt Lake's goal-line scramble.

After Warner was handed a red card, the Whitecaps were awarded a penalty kick and Camilo spotted the ball in the low left corner of the net as goalkeeper Nick Rimando dove to his right.

Moments before halftime, Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon preserved the 1-0 lead by coming out to the edge of the 18-yard box to steal the ball from a charging Paulo Araujo.

Seven minutes into the second half, Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler was called for another hand ball - right at the corner of his club's 18-yard box - and the Whitecaps were awarded their second penalty-kick.

This time, Camilo chose to go to the right corner and goalkeeper Rimando guessed correctly. He appeared to get a hand on the ball, but could not stop it and the Whitecaps took a 2-0 lead.

''We kept near the ball and when we had a chance, we scored,'' said Camilo.

Playing a man down following Warner's first-half ejection, Salt Lake managed little offensively, rarely getting the ball over midfield the rest of the night.

Camilo received a rousing round of applause in the 73rd minute as he subbed out and rookie Omar Salgado came on. The switch paid dividends in the 88th minute as Salgado headed the ball to Khalfan and his hard shot from about 20 yards out glanced off Rimando and into the net.

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