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July 22, 2012 7:07 PM EDT
BC Place Stadium — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 20112‎
 
Alan Gordon 38′
62′ (PG) Barry Robson
 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes: Second half Robson penalty sees 'Caps past league leaders

Robson scored his second goal in as many games to ensure Vancouver would end the night alone in third place in the Western Conference.

By Seth Vertelney

Dane Richards, Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC sent the rest of MLS a message Sunday night, knocking off the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-1 victory at BC Place.

Dane Richards got things started in the first half before Alan Gordon found an equalizer. A penalty kick from Barry Robson in the second period proved to be the game-winner.

Vancouver opened the scoring when Y.P. Lee found Richards with a through ball, and the Jamaican buried a powerful strike past Jon Busch in the San Jose goal.

San Jose leveled the match in the 38th minute when Marvin Chavez found the head of a cutting Gordon in the Vancouver box. The forward's goal was his ninth of the year, far surpassing his previous career-high of five.

The Whitecaps went back ahead midway through the second half in controversial fashion. Camilo appeared to make the most of a Sam Cronin challenge in the box, and referee Jair Marrufo deferred to his linesman, who signaled for a penalty kick. Robson stepped up and buried the spot kick to ultimately give his team the win.


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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
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12
Young-Pyo Lee
Defender
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15
Martin Bonjour
Defender
11′
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13
Barry Robson
Midfielder
12′ 62′
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Jun Davidson
Midfielder
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28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
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Dane Richards
Striker
20′
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11
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37
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San Jose Earthquakes

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18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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2
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21
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5
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33
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Sam Cronin
Midfielder
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Rafael Baca
Midfielder
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81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
64′
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8
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24

Substitutes

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Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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23
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29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
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31
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9
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Substitutes

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David Bingham
Goalkeeper
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24
Jed Zayner
Defender
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3
Ike Opara
Defender
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9
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6
Shea Salinas
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10
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C. Pizarro
Striker

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