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Whitecaps edge Union on the road

Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports
Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

After almost giving the game away against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Union dropped points at home against a quality Western Conference opponent.

The Vancouver Whitecaps captured a 3-2 win on the road against the Union on Saturday, snapping a three-match winless streak for the visitors.

Christian Bolanos tacked on a late finish in the 85th minute for the Whitecaps to put the game out of reach, after Kekuta Manneh dazzled in the 41st minute to give the away side the advantage. The Whitecaps attacker used his pace to run past defender Josh Yaro, before cutting in and sneaking his shot off the inside of the post.

Roland Alberg kept his fantastic scoring run going on Saturday night, giving the Union the lead in the 15th minute, after smashing home a rebound from close range. Rookie Fabian Herbers hit a blast off the post, before the ball sat up for Alberg, who calmly finished for the early 1-0 advantage.

The Whitecaps pulled level just minutes later, though, when Andrew Jacobson headed home a botched clearance from the Union. Following a corner kick, the ball slipped through the hands of Andre Blake after going to collect in the and Jacobson capitalized from point-blank range.

With the game all but decided late, Chris Pontius added a consolation goal for the Union in the 94th minute.

The Union will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on the New York Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup action, while the Whitecaps face Toronto FC in the second leg of their Canadian Championship final later that evening.


Kekuta Manneh was the most impactful player on the pitch throughout the night, creating three shots on target and providing the Whitecaps with their second goal.


While it was came at the expense of a massive Union lapse in the back,┬áManneh’s explosive run into the heart of the defense, and ensuing finish, provided the Whitecaps with a moment of brilliance en route to three points.


After conceding three against the Fire, Josh Yaro and the Union backline gave up three goals yet again on Saturday, which won’t sit well with the Eastern Conference leaders.

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