The Vancouver Whitecaps had a solid performance from start to finish in Wednesday night’s MLS playoffs against San Jose Earthquakes, coming away with a 5-0 victory to make it through to the Western Conference semifinals.
This was the franchise’s first ever playoff victory. Having just missed out last year the Whitecaps gave an impressive performance confirming that the club’s third-place finish in the West was no fluke.
San Jose nearly took the lead in the opening minutes of the game through Anibal Godoy but it was the Whitecaps who scored the opener in the 33rd minute through Fredy Montero who headed home from a corner.
Vancouver doubled it’s lead 12 minutes into the second half after Yordy Reyna won a free kick outside the box and Cristian Techera then unleashed a laser from 30 yards which curled into the net past San Jose keeper Andrew Tarbell.
Kendall Waston put an end to any hope of a comeback for the Earthquakes by scoring a 3rd for Vancouver in the 64th minute, tapping home after a scramble in front of goal following a Montero header.
Nicolas Mezquida then bagged himself a brace after Christian Bolaños found him unmarked in the box and he made it 4-0 in the 78th minute. And then it went from worse to catastrophic for the Earthquakes as Mezquida doubled his tally and made it 5-0 2 minutes later.
Speaking after the match manager Carl Robinson spoke of his delight.
“I’m delighted for everyone involved with the football club and everyone in the city because we needed a little bit of success and we got a little bit of success,” he said.
“But that’s all it is. It sets us up nicely for a two-legged playoff game against our rivals up the road.
“If we’re going to go further we have to beat the (defending MLS) champs.”
The Whitecaps will next face last year’s champions Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semifinals. Whilst the Portland Timbers are set to take on the winner of Thursday night’s match between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City.