Kenny Miller scored the decisive goal as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the visiting Columbus Crew 2-1 at BC Place.
It might have been, as the Scottish designated player closed Columbus Crew defender Glauber down in the 57th minute before scoring the game-winning goal in his side’s 2-1 victory.
“It’s always nice to go off the mark as a striker and you’re always going to be judged on goals,” Miller told reporters following the match. “Second game in, you’ve managed to get off the mark, and it being the winning goal is double pleasing.
“But again, more importantly, it’s two wins from two. Two home games at the start of the season was an opportunity for us to put some points on the board and everyone in the dressing room is delighted with that.”
His goal followed an excellent individual strike from Daigo Kobayashi just six minutes in which got the Whitecaps off to a perfect start.
“I thought it was fantastic,” Rennie said of the Japanese midfielder’s goal. “As soon as he hit it I thought it was in. I don’t know if I’ve jumped quite so high for a while as when I saw that go in. At that spell in the game I thought we were playing very well. The movement that we got from Daigo got him on the ball a lot in dangerous areas and they backed off a little bit and he couldn’t have hit it any better.
“Has there been a better goal than that in BC Place for a while? I don’t think so. Certainly since it’s been renovated that’s the best one I’m sure.”
While the final score was in the Whitecaps favour, things nearly turned when Jairo Arrieta scored a goal just after the half-time break. It could have been a momentum changer after the ‘Caps looked the much better side in the first half, missing several quality opportunities.
“We were a bit unfortunate maybe not to go in [to half-time] two or three up,” Miller said. “But obviously the start of the second half was disappointing to lose a goal so early in the half, but we regrouped again and it’s another three points and a fantastic team performance to get the win.”