Vancouver defeated D.C. United 1-0 on Saturday in a hard-fought game that was not without its drama.The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their fine form on Saturday, picking up their fifth win from their last seven.
This time their victim was league-worst D.C. United, as Camilo scored a 48th minute penalty kick to give the ‘Caps a 1-0 win.
Midfielder Matt Watson, who earned the sponsor’s man of the match award, won the penalty by taking a touch around United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who subsequently took him down.
Hamid did appear to touch the ball before following through on Watson, so depending on your interpretation of the rules, it could be seen as controversial.
“I got a little bit of a touch but the goalkeeper also got a touch on it,” Watson said. “I’m going to have to watch it again but he definitely got a piece of the ball and definitely went through me as well, so I guess it’s a PK. He took out my feet and that’s what the referee called the penalty for, and there’s nothing I could really do. But hey, obviously I’m happy with the PK and Camilo put it away.”
As for Vancouver’s coach, there was no grey area when it came to the game-deciding refereeing decision.
“I think it was a stonewall penalty,” Rennie said. “I didn’t have any doubt in my mind that that was a penalty kick. I don’t think we were lucky at all. I thought we controlled the tempo of the game for large spells of the second half, and if we hadn’t scored when we did maybe we’d have scored later.
“But on the road, you’re not always going to dominate the game in terms of possession. But I think we were well worthy of the win. We were on the road and performing a long way from where we live and getting the win is important.”
The Whitecaps have now won two of their last three road matches, and that’s a trend the ‘Caps will be hoping to carry forward after struggling on their travels throughout their Major League Soccer history.
“In the first year, the team didn’t win on the road,” Rennie said. “But last year we won I think three games. We’ve now won at least two so far this season. We need to improve on that if we want to be right up there in the table, we have to win on the road more consistently.
“Our record at BC Place is very strong, but for us to move up and develop, we need to consistently win on the road. I think we showed the qualities to do that and we need to keep doing that each time we take to the field when we’re not at home.”
With this win, the Whitecaps move to a record of 7-5-4, and prepare for a road match away to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.