• The Canadian Press

    Los Angeles FC torch lacklustre Vancouver Whitecaps 6-0

    LOS ANGELES — Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos has no words to explain the early minutes of his team's ugly loss Wednesday night."I really don't know where it came from," Dos Santos told reporters after the Whitecaps (5-8-0) suffered a nasty 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Los Angeles FC.Much of the damage was done in the first 14 minutes of the game, where Dejan Jakovic scored off of a corner, Bradley Wright-Phillips added a brace, and Vancouver's Ranko Veselinovic had an own goal."The first 14 minutes looked like it was going toward a huge nightmare," Dos Santos said. "We were late to everything, we weren't focused. The first two goals from corner kicks, from situations that were easy to control. And when you're down 4-0 after 14 minutes, you have to find ways to stop the bleeding."A nice give-and-go between Diego Rossi and Canadian Mark-Anthony Kaye widened L.A.'s lead yet again the 33rd minute.The goal was Rossi's 11th of the season. The Uruguayan international leads Major League Soccer in scoring this season.The tally also marked the fastest five goals in MLS history, narrowly beating a record set by Seattle less than two weeks ago in the Sounders 7-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.Another own goal from Vancouver's Andy Rose in the 68th minute rounded out the scoring.Things got tough in the first minute of the game when the 'Caps nearly allowed a goal on a corner, Rose said. From there, the team scrambled, allowing two goals on set plays in the first five minutes.That gave LAFC (5-5-3) rhythm and confidence, said Rose."It's quicksand, you know? It's very, very difficult to stop that and collect yourselves," he said."You have to look back at it as a humbling experience. … You also have to look at this as three points lost. I think we're two points out of the playoff race at the moment. And kind of put it to one side. Think about the goals we conceded and move on quickly."Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith made his debut for the Whitecaps on Wednesday and stopped 7-of-11 on-target shots.Dos Santos said he told his players at half time that it wasn't okay for them to defend so passively against a team like LAFC, especially when it was Meredith's first game for the club."It's not fair. It’s not fair for him," the coach said. Meredith's last Major League Soccer outing was in June 2018 when he suited up for the Seattle Sounders in a 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers.The 31-year-old from Scotch Plains, N.J., joined Vancouver in January via a trade from Inter Miami CF. He's the third 'keeper to start for the Whitecaps this season.Star netminder Max Crepeau fractured his thumb in a game at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. Meredith had left the tournament's bubble due to the sudden death of his mother, so the 'Caps were forced to call upon 21-year-old third-stringer Thomas Hasal.The Saskatoon native performed admirably through the rest of the tournament, earning himself a starting position when the MLS resumed regular-season play in August.Dos Santos doesn't remember another season where he's been forced to use three goalies."But this year brought us to situations like that. And we need to protect our goalkeeper better," he said.Wednesday was an unusual day for the Whitecaps.Generally, the team would fly to California a few days before the game to get settled and allow for ample preparation. But due to COVID-19 concerns, teams across Major League Soccer have been staying home — or in the case of Canadian clubs, at their temporary U.S. homes — as late as possible to minimize exposure.The 'Caps left their "home base" in Portland around 10 a.m. for the 7:30 p.m. game — their fourth match in 11 days.Dos Santos said he didn't want to use odd travel and lack of rest as an excuse for a poor performance, however."When it comes to fatigue and legs and travel in and out, we're going to have to find solutions, react," he said. "Because this is going to be the reality until the end of the year."The Whitecaps were set to fly back to Portland late Wednesday night. They will play the Portland Timbers on Sunday.Before then, the team needs to address what happened against LAFC and find ways to improve, Dos Santos said."The message at the end of the day is that we lost three points," he said. "We have to regroup, think about the things we want to do better and be ready for the game on Sunday." NOTES: The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the 'Caps. ... Both LAFC and the Whitecaps used all five subs. ... Vancouver was without midfielder Russell Teibert, who suffered an undisclosed injury in the team's 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.The Canadian Press

  • Yimmi Chara gives Portland 1-0 victory over Seattle
    The Canadian Press

    Yimmi Chara gives Portland 1-0 victory over Seattle

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Yimmi Chara scored in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers went on to beat Pacific Northwest rival Seattle 1-0 on Wednesday night.It was the first time two sets of brothers played against each other in MLS history: Yimmi and Diego Chara for Portland, and Alex and Cristian Roldan for Seattle.“You want to score in these type of matches, that's one of the reasons they brought me here,” Yimmi Chara said afterward through a translator.The Sounders (6-3-3) peppered Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark with shots but couldn't score, snapping a two-game winning streak. Clark made six saves.The Timbers (6-4-3) were coming off a 6-1 victory over the Earthquakes in San Jose on Saturday. It was the team's most goals ever in a regular season game.“Overall the commitment of the group to make sure that we got a strong win today was there, and it was outstanding,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Very important three points for us against a good team.”The Sounders, who top the Western Conference, were coming off a 3-0 win at home against LAFC on Friday.Yimmi Chara scored in the 13th minute, giving the Timbers the lead in a steady downpour at Providence Park. The younger Chara brother has three goals in his last three games.Raul Ruidiaz had what looked like a clear shot in the 36th minute with Clark on the ground, but it hit the side net.Ruidiaz has eight goals in 12 regular-season games to lead the Sounders this season. He has seven goals in seven career matches against the Timbers.“It was a tough game. You could really tell this game meant a lot to both teams,” said Seattle midfielder Gustav Svensson, who was subbed in at the half. “A lot of tackles, a lot of duels.”Svensson returned to the Sounders from quarantine after international duty with Sweden.Portland was hurt in the 74th minute when forward Jeremy Ebobisse went down with what appeared to be an injury to his right leg and was subbed out of the game. The extent of the injury was not known. Earlier this month Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.It was the third meeting this season between the two teams. Portland won the last match 2-1 in Seattle on Sept. 6.It was the 110th all-time meeting between the two teams dating back to 1975 when both teams were part of the NASL.Normally meetings between the Timbers and Sounders would count toward the Cascadia Cup, the trophy created by supporters for the winner of the three-way rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps each year.But the supporters decided that it wouldn't count matches played this season without fans in attendance.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsAnne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

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    Wednesday's Games

    Wednesday's GamesNHLStanley Cup FinalTampa Bay 5 Dallas 2(Lightning lead series 2-1)\---NBAEastern Conference FinalMiami 112 Boston 109(Heat lead series 3-1)\---MLBAmerican LeagueCleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 2Seattle 3 Houston 2Toronto 14 N.Y. Yankees 1Boston 9 Baltimore 1Minnesota 7 Detroit 6National LeaguePhiladelphia 12 Washington 3Cincinnati 6 Milwaukee 1Pittsburgh 2 Chicago Cubs 1Atlanta 9 Miami 4San Francisco 7 Colorado 2InterleagueL.A. Angels 5 San Diego 2Arizona 7 Texas 3Tampa Bay 8 N.Y. Mets 5Kansas City 12 St. Louis 3Oakland 6 L.A. Dodgers 4\---MLSNew England 3 Montreal 1Atlanta 1 FC Dallas 0Toronto FC 1 New York City FC 0Orlando City 2 Sporting Kansas City 1Columbus 2 Minnesota 1Philadelphia 0 Cincinnati 0Chicago 4 Houston 0New York 4 Miami 1Nashville 1 D.C. United 0Colorado 5 San Jose 0Real Salt Lake 2 LA Galaxy 0Portland 1 Seattle 0Los Angeles FC 6 Vancouver 0\---The Canadian Press