The visiting Canadian side generated plenty of chances but fell to an opportunistic Chivas USA side on Saturday. The home side also benefited from a Jun Marques Davidson own goal.
Only 12 minutes in the visitors learned how hard their task would be, as Jun Marques Davidson deflected a Carlos Alvarez cross into his own goal for the opener – Chivas USA followed that up with an early goal in the second half, as Eric Avila connected well on a cross from Alvarez for the winner on 55 minutes.
Kenny Miller gave his team a chance to get back in the game just under 10 minutes later, heading home a rebound from an Erik Hurtado strike in the area, but a series of missed opportunities from the likes of Daigo Kobayashi, Darren Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh meant the ‘Caps left Los Angeles without a point.
The game was similar in some ways to the team’s defeat against the Houston Dynamo the previous weekend, when the team looked dangerous in the final third without finding the target more than once.
“If you look at the stats and everything like that, we were definitely the better team,” Nigel Reo-Coker told Vancouver radio station TEAM 1410 following the match. “We didn’t deserve to lose this game. Like I said, you can take a lot of positives from this game because we did play well.
“We’re playing away from home, we’re playing well and we created chances. I think that’s very important in this league.”
Ultimately Davidson’s own goal put Vancouver under pressure early and embodied the sort of letdown of a game it was for several veteran players.
“That was frustrating,” head coach Martin Rennie said in reference to the own goal. “Marques is one of our most consistent and reliable players. He just had an off night tonight. I think he wasn’t the only one, which was a little bit disappointing.
“We didn’t win enough second balls. We gave balls away a little easy. Both goals came from not dealing with second ball properly and it’s frustrating because we worked on that during the week.”
The Whitecaps travel to San Jose next weekend to play the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.
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