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

Live Commentary

  • And that's it! The Vancouver Whitecaps have defeated Toronto FC 1-0 at BC Place on opening day. Thanks for following Canada's LIVE commentary of this Major League Soccer match.
  • 90' + 1'
    Welshman wins a free kick down the left wing. Bekker takes, but Cannon punches away..
  • 90'
    There'll be three minutes of extra time here.
  • 88'
    Hurtado blasts from cose range but Califf blocks from close range.
  • 86'
    Rochat spins his marker on the left before hitting in a ball which Darren O'Dea heads behind the goal line for a corner.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionRobert Earnshaw Emery Welshman
  • 84'
    Welshman coming in here for Earnshaw.
  • 79'
    Bekker not short of confidence. Cracks a long range effort from distance, but well over Joe Cannon's goal.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionDaigo Kobayashi Erik Hurtado
  • 76'
    Hurtado runs with the ball almost immediately after stepping on, but overhits his first ball. A bit of nerves from the youngster there on his debut.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionTerry Dunfield Taylor Morgan
  • 75'
    Dunfield coming off in the 75th minute in favour of Taylor Morgan. Hurtado making his Whitecaps debut, coming on for Kobayashi.
  • 74'
    Bekker takes the ensuing free kick but fires into the wall.
  • 73'
    Lambe wins a free kick outside the area after a foul from Davidson. Third foul Lambe has suffered around the box.
  • 65'
    Nigel Reo-Coker feeds Mattocks in, but the Jamaican's outside the foot effort goes out for a corner due to a crucial save from Eckersley.
  • 59'
    Goal Gershon Koffie
  • 59'
    Goal Koffie., as Lee passes a ball to Kobayashi, who lays off to the Ghanaian. It started with a long ball to O'Brien, who head back to Lee. Koffie's powerful right footed shot from just inside the area found the bottom right corner of Bendik's goal.
  • 58'
    Kobayashi gets a cross in from the right following the corner which bounces around the six yard box, but it comes to nothing.
  • 57'
    Reo-Coker wins a corner here, forcing Morgan to concede. Kobayashi to take.
  • 54'
    Reo-Coker crosses in, forcing Bendik to flap the ball away awkwardly.
  • 51'
    Rochat's curling effort eludes his teammates but looked as if it could have snuck in. Bendik gets low well to save to his right and clear the danger.
  • 50'
    Mattocks is fouled off the ball by Morgan. Rochat and Kobayashi stand over the ball.
  • 47'
    Lee gets off a shot which deflects off Terry Dunfield for a corner.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKekuta Manneh Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 1'
    Nigel Reo-Coker in here for his Whitecaps debut here in place of Kekuta Manneh.
  • 45' + 2'
    Manneh dribbles into the box, but his cutback is just behind Miller. Half ends 0-0
  • 45'
    Fourth official indicates two minutes of stoppage time here.
  • 40'
    Earnshaw takes a nice touch to catch the ball on his foot in the area, but Rusin makes a well-timed sliding tackle to force a corner.
  • 35'
    Manneh dispossessed in midfield. Toronto FC works it to the wing, where Ephraim gets it into the area. Dunfield slides in but Davidson wins with a slide of his own, forcing a corner.
  • 30'
    Koffie hits a ball behind the TFC backline into the corner, which Mattocks wins with ease. He cuts it back to Kobayashi, but the Japanese midfielder's cross goes out of bounds harmlessly.
  • 28'
    Dunfield gives an MLS welcome to Kobayashi, sliding in hard. The Canadian international gets a yellow card for his trouble.
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Terry Dunfield
  • 24'
    Hogan Ephraim slides in on Koffie, who is slow to get up, but recovers.
  • 21'
    Miller has a left footed crack from outside the box and fires well over.
  • 20'
    Earnshaw takes, and fires well over the target.
  • 19'
    Rochat fouls Lambe at the edge of the area. Good position here for TFC.
  • 14'
    Mattocks takes a shot from the edge of the area but it hits Eckersley and dies before Bendik gathers.
  • 13'
    Manneh just glided past at least two TFC players. Unreal pace down the left wing.
  • 11'
    Kekuta Manneh strips Eckersley, and finds Miller running for the left corner. The Scotsman crosses in but doesn't find a teammate.
  • 9'
    Earnshaw scuffs what we'll say is an...ambitious...shot from distance. Goal kick Whitecaps.
  • 8'
    SubstitutionJay DeMerit Brad Rusin
  • 8'
    Rusin has just replaced the injured Jay DeMerit.
  • 7'
    DeMerit just landed awkwardly on his ankle. Doesn't look good.
  • 5'
    Rochat plays a clever ball over the TFC backline which Miller runs onto. The Scotsman cuts it back but nobody is there to finish the play.
  • 4'
    Kyle Bekker to take...Cannon punches away and the ball comes in again before he clears unconvincingly to safety.
  • 3'
    DeMerit fouls Robert Earnshaw here in a dangerous position just to the right side of the box.
  • 1'
    And we're off! Fashionably late but for a couple of minutes the right decision was made.
  • Kick off being delayed here due to curling on TSN. A uniquely Canadian situation!
  • In the three matches between these clubs in MLS team, the home side has always won. Will TFC change that today or is history set to repeat itself?
  • Toronto FC's starting lineup, from left to right: In goal, Joe Bendik. Richard Eckersley, Ashtone Morgan, Danny Califf, Darren O'Dea, Jeremy Hall, Hogan Ephraim, Terry Dunfield, Reggie Lambe, Kyle Bekker, Robert Earnshaw.
  • And, if you're listening in Toronto, it's available on TSN 1050 radio as well!
  • Now, your starting lineups, left to right. We'll start with the home team. Joe Cannon in goal. Alain Rochat, Jay DeMerit, Andy O'Brien, Lee Young-Pyo, Kenny Miller, Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson, Kekuta Manneh, Daigo Kobayashi, Darren Mattocks.
  • Welcome to's LIVE commentary of today's match between Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The match is available in Canada on TV on TSN, and on the radio at TEAM 1410.