Whitecaps edge Earthquakes 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Pedro Morales scored two goals a minute apart in the first half and the Vancouver Whitecaps edged the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 on Saturday night.

Morales scored on a penalty kick in the 19th minute and kicked a shot in from about 20 yards out in the 20th minute.

"We got off to a great start," Morales said. "The team played very well, it was very exciting for the fans and we created a lot of (scoring) opportunities."

Kekuta Manneh also scored a goal and added an assist for Vancouver (3-2-4), which earned its first win in five games.

Chris Wondolowski scored both goals for San Jose (1-3-3) — in the 45th minute and in second-half stoppage time.

"We did not come out with a good mindset," Wondolowski said. "Going down 3-0 against a very quality team, it's way too big a hole to climb out of. We didn't do things right."

The Whitecaps had a goal disallowed in the 81st minute when Gershon Koffie was called for getting his hand on the ball just before he scored.

The game commemorated the first soccer contest between Vancouver and San Jose, which was played May 5, 1974, when both teams were part of the original North American Soccer League. Many fans wore 1970s-era clothing, including colorful bell-bottom pants, and donned long-haired wigs, fake handlebar moustaches and sunglasses.

"I challenged them at the start of the game because it was a fantastic occasion today for the club and the tradition of the club," Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. "I didn't want them to start slow where we have been in a few recent games."

Manneh, who has been used mostly as a substitute, started in midfield in a move that paid off early when he gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. He took a shot off the near post and then put his own rebound in off the far post.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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