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Recap: Vancouver Whitecaps Dominate In Al-Canadian Clash At BC Place

By on April 7, 2024 0 795 Views

In the all-Canadian clash the Reds began their two-game stint on the road stint at BC Place, losing 4-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The sizeable loss at away from home marks the Reds third loss this 2024 MLS campaign, dropping them to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

While the overall possession may have been in Toronto’s control with a total of 51.8%, the home side dominated the game offensively and in the end overpowered Coach Herdman’s side.

The home side started off the game on very strong note, starting by taking a early lead thanks to a Brian White goal in the sixth minute. Fafa Picault then made it 2-0 which marked his third goal of the season just before the half hour mark.

The Whitecaps would add two more to their first half tally in the final ten minutes, Ryan Gauld goal would score on a breakaway and a flick from Ranko Veselinovic would seal the deal for the home side and send Vancouver to the top of the Western Conference.

The Reds performance summed up the same poor defensive effort as witnessed in last weeks home loss to Sporting Kansas City. Toronto came within scoring opportunity twice the first was to potentially level things up in the 18th minute, yet Deandre Kerr’s shot would be fended away by Yohei Takaoka. Kerr also came into scoring opportunity again in the 27th minute after a backpass from Pedro Vite would give Kerr the space to get a shot off, yet Takaoka would come up big and deny the guests from scoring any goals at BC place in the all-Canadian clash.

Toronto would nearly avoid getting shutout in the stoppage time as Ayo Akinola would send a the balls across to Cassius Mailula, yet Whitecaps would deny consolation goal with a superb leg save earning the caps the clean sheet.

Overall the match showed yet another confident Vancouver side who, without a doubt, set the pace for TFC head coach John Herdman as his side still needs to rebuild and find the number nine. As shown in this and previous match-ups this 2024 MLS campaign, the lack of offensive power has been a clear showing, yet the match also exposed how much more work is still needed on the defensive side of things.

The Reds will head to Charlotte next week for their second game on the road where they will go up against Charlotte FC for the second time this season after defeating them 1-0 at BMO Field for the 2024 home opener.

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