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  • August 7, 2011
  • • 7:07 PM
  • • Empire Field, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Referee: C. Penso
  • • Attendance: 18714
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Vancouver 4-2 Chicago: Eric Hassli scores a brace to lead the Whitecaps in a rout

Vancouver 4-2 Chicago: Eric Hassli scores a brace to lead the Whitecaps in a rout

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The Whitecaps top earner proved his worth as he sparked his team's rout over the Fire.

It only took Eric Hassli a minute to continue to show why he’s worth his designated player salary.

The towering Frenchman scored the first of his two goals against the Fire within the game’s opening 60 seconds off of a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area to spark the Whitecaps 4-2 home victory.

Chicago equalized 22 minutes later as newly acquired midfielder Sebastián Grazzini touch passed the ball to Dominic Oduro who beat a defender in the penalty area to score on a one on one with the Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly.  The moment, however, was short lived as Vancouver immediately responded.

Gershon Koffie hit a long range shot that bounced on the field’s artificial turf to bounce past Chicago’s starter at goal, Sean Johnson, in the 24th minute.  Seizing on its opportunities, the Whitecaps would add two more goals to put the game away. Camilo Sanvezzo scored in 48th minute thanks to an assist from Shea Salinas and Hassli scored his second goal pouncing a rebound in the 72nd minute.

Chicago continued to fight to get back into the game but its breakthrough came too late. Down three goals,  Orr Barouch took advantage of a great counter attack feed from Patrick Nyarko to beat Vancouver’s defense and score. With the Whitecaps overcommitted to offense on the play, Barouch didn’t have too many defenders to beat to score.

Despite being dominated on the scoreboard, Chicago had several advantages on the stat sheet. It lead in possession, retaining the ball 52 percent of the time and had more attempts on goal with 13 shots as opposed to Vancouver’s 10.

Even though it walked away with three points, Vancouver remains last in Major League Soccer with a league low 18 points. Just above the club is Chicago who is last in the Eastern Conference with 19 points.

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