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March 9, 2013 7:40 PM EST
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Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Columbus Crew: Daigo Kobayashi opens MLS account

Daigo Kobayashi and Kenny Miller scored the goals to give Vancouver a 2-1 home win over the visiting Crew.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Daigo Kobayashi - Vancouver Whitecaps
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The Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday.

The home side opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Japanese international Daigo Kobayashi. The 30-year-old notched an assist last week, and opened his MLS scoring account with an impressive shot from distance. Darren Mattocks slid the ball over deep in midfield. Not closed down, Kobayashi wound up and blasted a shot from nearly 40 yards which swerved past Andy Gruenebaum and into the net.

A minute into the second half, Jairo Arrieta equalized. After a throw in, Ben Speas slid the Costa Rican into the box. Joe Cannon cheated to his right, so Arrieta slammed home a shot at the near post.

Vancouver had spurned myriad chances during a spell of dominance in the first half, and Kenny Miller finally made one stick just before the hour mark. The Scotish striker stripped Glauber of the ball and slipped the ball past Gruenebaum.

In the final 15 minutes, Miller unselfishly teed up Erik Hurtado, who scored. However, Miller was offside in the buildup and the goal was disallowed.

The Crew, who out-shot the Whitecaps 15 to eight, left Vancouver without any points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Joe Cannon
Goalkeeper
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Brad Rusin
Defender
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4
Alain Rochat
Defender
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12
Young-Pyo Lee
Defender
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40
Andy O'Brien
Defender
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Jun Davidson
Midfielder
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28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
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20
Nigel Reo-Coker
Midfielder
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16
Daigo Kobayashi
Midfielder
6′ 77′
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9
Kenny Miller
Striker
57′
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11
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Columbus Crew

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30
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2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
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3
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27
Gláuber
Defender
19′ 89′
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14
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24
A. Viana
Defender
70′
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8
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17
Ben Speas
Midfielder
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19
J. Arrieta
Striker
46′ 88′
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10

Substitutes

18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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2
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31
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19
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23
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Substitutes

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28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
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Drew Beckie
Defender
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6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
70′
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13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
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9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
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26

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal.com Rating
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2