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Whitecaps roll past hapless Chivas USA, extend lead on FC Dallas for playoff spot

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The Vancouver Whitecaps were in desperate need of a victory on Wednesday night after enduring a seven-match winless streak, and after watching a once-mighty hold on a playoff spot dwindle down to two points.

Luckily for them, Major League Soccer's cure for the common slump, Chivas USA, came to town.

Camilo Sanvezzo atoned for his awful miss in last weekend's draw against the Seattle Sounders by scoring a goal and setting up two more as the Whitecaps rolled to a 4-0 mauling of Chivas USA at BC Place.

Gershon Koffie opened the scoring in the 11th minute, and the Whitecaps just kept on rolling as Dane Richards, Camilo and Kenny Miller all deposited shots past beleaguered Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

The victory opened up a five-point cushion between Vancouver and FC Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West, though FC Dallas has a game in hand and has two of three remaining matches against Chivas USA. The Goats are winless in their past 11 matches, and have suffered five straight shutout defeats.

Vancouver's victory also eliminated Chivas USA, Portland and the Colorado Rapids from playoff contention.

Here are the match highlights:


What did you think of the match? Impressed with Vancouver, or is Chivas USA the worst MLS team you've seen in some time. See the Whitecaps holding off FC Dallas for the final playoff spot?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Miller was pulled from the game with a thigh strain at 18min. Fortunate for them since now they have an excuse not to play their DP as they try to protect their playoff spot

  2. They’ll get soundly thrashed in the playoffs in the road, but a first playoff berth in the 6th season of Canadian MLS soccer would seem a positive milestone.

  3. On paper Chivas should be a decent team. Kennedy, Califf, Agudelo, Joseph, LaBrocca, and even the lesser known Bowen and Cardozo, are all solid players. There are systemic issues at that club that need fixing. Frasier needs to go, first and foremost.

  4. Just checked Chivas regular season record. Five 4-0 losses and one 6-2 loss to SEA. 6 4 goal blowout losses this season, WOW. And two of them are now in a row. They have the worst GD in the league and have only scored 21 goals all season. Truly sad.


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