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A poor second-half display from Vancouver allowed Chivas USA to claim an important victory at BC Place.

VANCOUVER — Having taken the lead through Carlyle Mitchell's first MLS career goal, there was little to suggest that events would take a sudden turn on Vancouver Whitecaps FC after halftime Saturday night.

Instead, two poor pieces of defending, a red card to left back Jordan Harvey for a bad tackle, and several missed scoring opportunities resulted in Chivas USA claiming three huge points in Vancouver to pull themselves into the Western Conference playoff race.

"I said before the game that we shouldn't take this team lightly. I don't think we did, but we didn't get the result, so it's disappointing," said 'Caps goalkeeper David Ousted. "I thought we had some fantastic chances. I thought the guys did well to create them and I thought we should've scored. By not doing that, we get a goal against and go down to 10 men. Then, it's uphill."

It was a tale of two halves. Before the break, the Whitecaps had the better of their Southern California opponents and were rewarded with a halftime lead from a rare headed goal off a set-piece, as Mitchell converted a Pedro Morales corner.

"It's a good feeling getting my first goal, but unfortunately, we didn't get the result we expected," said the Trinidad & Tobago international. "I had been getting close and I said, 'One day, it will go in.' It was a great cross by Pedro (Morales) and I was able to finish."

Whitecaps fans left BC Place in a less than hospitable mood after match referee Armando Villarreal disallowed a stoppage-time equalizer from Morales. Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was adjudged to have possession with his hand on the ball before the Chilean playmaker knocked the ball over the visitors' goal-line.

"Was I given an explanation? Nope. What did I think of it? I was hoping it was a goal," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson.

In regards to Saturday's defeat, the former Wales international felt his side deserved something from the game.

"We were very comfortable in the first half going one goal ahead," Robinson said. "We played the way I wanted us to play, but with probably a lack of cutting edge in the final third. We did everything correctly, but then little finer details in the give and goes in around the box weren't there in the first half. Even in the second half, when we went down to 10 men, we adjusted it, and Nigel (Reo-Coker) and Darren (Mattocks) had just come on, and they both had very good chances. Disappointing kick in the teeth for me and for the guys in the dressing room because of the work they put in."

The loss to The Goats was also not the best way to start a busy and challenging week for the 'Caps, who visit Canadian rival Toronto FC on Wednesday night before travelling to Utah for an important Western Conference encounter versus Real Salt Lake next Saturday.

"We've dropped three points tonight, and like I've said all along you've got to win at home, and try to pick up points on the road," Robinson said. "So I just told them that we've got to win an extra away game now, which I'm confident we will because we're not bad on the road. We can catch teams on the break. It puts on a little more pressure, but we've just got to make up a game now."



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