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Whitecaps FC command Group C in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 24 August 2016 in FIFA Club World Cup

Vancouver Whitecaps FC remain perfect with six points in the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group phase. Vancouver won 3:0 over visiting Sporting Kansas City at BC Place, improving to 2-0-0 with four goals scored after the 23 August home victory.

Midway through the group stage from which only one team will emerge, Whitecaps lead Group C ahead of Central FC (one point, -1 goals difference) and Sporting Kansas City (one point, -3 goals difference).

Techera open the scoring on a three-man attack after a miscue by the Kansas City defence. Masato Kudo intercepted the ball, played it right to Erik Hurtado who then crossed it left for Techera to head into the goal.

In the 12th minute, it was a long ball forward for Hurtado who chipped it over the charging Kempin. Then in the second half, Techera made it 3-0 with a low strike past Kempin in the 64th minute.

"We haven’t been doing well enough, but I challenged them, especially after Saturday’s game (in Major League Soccer)," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "I challenged them – because they’re all good players, they’re good people – to have a go. We certainly had a go tonight."

Whitecaps FC's starting XI featured Paolo Tornaghi in goal, Jordan Smith at right back, Kendall Waston and Tim Parker at centre back, Brett Levis at left back, and Fraser Aird, Matias Laba, Russell Teibert, Cristian Techera, Erik Hurtado, and Masato Kudo from the midfield up through to the attack.

In the second half, coach Carl Robinson replaced Hurtado with Blas Pérez (66'), Techera with Alphonso Davies (75'), and Laba with Andrew Jacobson (88').

Sporting Kansas City's starting XI featured Jon Kempin (goal), Ever Alvarado, Kevin Ellis, Didic, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Connor Hallisey, Emmanuel Appiah, Soni Mustivar, Paulo Magamura, Cameron Porter, and Diego Rubio Kostner.

In the second half, coach Peter Vermes replaced Mustivar with Ualefi Rodriguez (64').

The 23 August match was played in front of 16,383 fans at BC Place.

The next Group C match is Tuesday 13 September with Sporting Kansas City hosting Whitecaps FC. Vancouver then host Central FC on Wednesday 28 September before Kansas City hosts Central FC on Wednesday 19 October.

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