Whitecaps edge Earthquakes 3-2


Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

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.

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.

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.

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.

The goal came after Jay DeMerit checked the ball away from charging San Jose forward Yannick Djalo and sent the ball up the left flank. With Djalo injured in the process and kneeling on the turf, the Whitecaps were able to capitalize on an odd-man situation.

Djalo was replaced by Alan Gordon in the 14th minute.

Morales put the Whitecaps ahead 2-0 on a penalty kick nine minutes later after Darren Mattocks was deemed to have been taken down while deking with the ball in the San Jose box.

A minute later, Morales notched his second goal as he put a shot into the same corner from just outside the top of the San Jose box. After scoring, Morales took off his jersey, waved it over his head and ran bare-chested to the bench — only to get an automatic caution for excessive celebration. Morales put his shirt back on and referee Drew Fischer pulled out his yellow card.

Vancouver lost Mattocks in the 30th minute after he pulled up lame while chasing a loose ball down the left flank. He was replaced by Erik Hurtado.