Cristian Gutierrez scored on a penalty to give Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer a win Cavalry FC Later Canadian Premier League in an exciting quarterfinal match of Canadian Championship at ATCO Field.
Gutierrez’s goal came after Vancouver goalkeeper Cody Cropper made a save to save Cavalry’s Ali Musse shot.
Mayer Bevan gave Cavalry a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute with a long-range rocket shot past Cropper’s reach.
Vancouver’s Erik Godoy opened the scoring in the 85th minute, thanks to a corner kick from Deiber Caicedo. That came just minutes after a Cavalry defender parried a Whitecaps shot wide of goal.
With the goal equalizing after the rules, the game went to a penalty shootout.
After a slow start, Cavalry began to dominate the game in the second half. Bevan turned a seemingly innocent ball into a goal with a tight shot. It was Bevan’s third goal of the tournament.
Vancouver now faces York United FC on June 21.
Winning also helps banish some ghosts for the Whitecaps.
In the 2019 Canadian Championship, the Cavalry team upset the Whitecaps with a 2-1 aggregate win, the first win by a CPL team against an MLS opponent.
Earlier on Wednesday, MLS side CF Montreal beat CPL’s Forge FC 3-0.
The Whitecaps showed how seriously they took the game with a starting lineup that featured MLS veterans like forward Lucas Cavallini, midfielder Russell Teibert and midfielder Ryan Gauld, and defenders Erik Godoy and Javain Brown.
The two teams were held to a 0-0 draw after the first half, although the Whitecaps held the advantage in terms of play. The Whitecaps have a 9-3 lead on shots and a 2-0 lead on shots on target.
Cavallini, one of the players being considered for Canada’s World Cup, had a great scoring opportunity. Early in the second half, he headed a pass from Cristian Gutierrez which cavalry keeper Marco Carducci saved. After that, Cavallini was left open in front of goal, but a Cavalry defender was able to kick the shot, sending the ball over the bar.
At the end of the first half, Gauld fired a shot into the far corner of the goal.
Cavalry was soon threatened from a corner in the second half. Daan Klomp received the ball and fired a shot through a maze of players that Cropper, new to COVID-19 protocol, was able to summarize.
In the 69th minute, Cavalry’s Victor Loturi had a left footed shot that went wide of the Vancouver goal.
It was a physical match with both teams handling some heavy tackles. Teibert left the game early in the second half due to being hit in the face by the ball with only a few minutes left in the first half.
The Whitecaps lost 2-1 to Charlotte Sunday and are currently bottom of the MLS Western Conference standings with a 3-7-2 record.
Cavalry has been unbeaten in their last four CPL appearances (3-0-1) and is second in the standings with a 3-2-2 record.
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