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Played
March 2, 2013 6:42 PM EST
BC Place Stadium — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ J. Guzmán‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎
 
 

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Toronto FC: 'Caps overcome DeMerit injury with Koffie goal

A pedestrian opening half, which saw the loss of Jay DeMerit to injury, paved the way for a second stanza which featured Gershon Koffie's winner.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Darren O'Dea, Toronto FC; Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC; MLS
Jeff Vinnick
The Vancouver Whitecaps beat Canadian rival Toronto FC, 1-0, at home in the first game of the 2013 MLS season for each team.

The main action of the first half happened within the first couple minutes. Coming down from a header, Jay DeMerit strained his left calf. He had to leave the match in the eight minute, with Brad Rusin replacing him.

At halftime former Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker entered to make his Vancouver debut, replacing Kekuta Manneh.

The opening goal came on the hour mark. Lee Young-Pyo collected the loose ball after a long Andy O'Brien pass didn't connect. He played a one-two with Kenny Miller and fed a probing pass into the box. Daigo Kobayashi laid off the ball with his first touch. Gershon Koffie settled and drilled a hard low shot that beat Joe Bendik at the near post.

The lone goal finished the scoring, leaving Vancouver with all three points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Joe Cannon
Goalkeeper
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4
Alain Rochat
Defender
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6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
8′
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12
Young-Pyo Lee
Defender
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40
Andy O'Brien
Defender
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16
Daigo Kobayashi
Midfielder
76′
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Jun Davidson
Midfielder
 - 
28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
59′
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9
Kenny Miller
Striker
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11
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23
Kekuta Manneh
Striker
46′
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Toronto FC

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12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
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25
Jeremy Hall
Midfielder
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2
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5
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48
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
27′ 75′
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22
Hogan Ephraim
Midfielder
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19
Reginald Lambe
Midfielder
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8
Kyle Bekker
Midfielder
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10

Substitutes

18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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2
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Brad Rusin
Defender
8′
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20
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19
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Substitutes

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40
 - 
6
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21
 - 
20
Darel Russell
Midfielder
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32
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-
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28

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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