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Gbeke leads Vancouver past Puerto Rico again
by Paul Kennedy, May 11th, 2009 7AM



[USL-1] Journeyman Charles Gbeke did it again. The 31-year-old Ivorian-born Canada international, who was the MVP in Vancouver's 2-1 win over Puerto Rico in the 2008 USL First Division final, scored in the 82nd minute to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 win over the Islanders Sunday night and move them into first place.

Gbeke scored on a header off a cross from American rookie Wes Knight for his first competitive goal since scoring twice to lead the Whitecaps over the Islanders last October.

The Rochester Rhinos moved into a tie for first place in the USL First Division thanks to their 2-1 win at Montreal on Saturday. The Rhinos are tied with the Carolina RailHawks, who lost for the first time at home when they fell to Charleston, 2-1.

Trinidadian Tiger Fitzgerald scored for Rochester in stoppage time to spoil the Impact's home opener, which drew a league season-high 12,246 fans in the rain at Stade Saputo.

Inconsistency has plagued the winless Impact, which opens its defense of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship with an away game against Toronto FC on Wednesday.

May 8

Austin 1 Puerto Rico 1.
PR: Cristian Arrieta 39
AUS: Yordany Alvarez (Eddie Johnson) 67
Att.: 5,216.

May 9
Montreal 1 Rochester 2
MON: Rocco Placentino (Cedric Joqueviel) 6
ROC: Chris Nurse (John Ball) 24
ROC: Tiger Fitzpatrick (Mike Ambersley) 45
Att.: 12,246.

Cleveland 0 Portland 0.
Att.: 1,107

Carolina 1 Charleston 2.
CHA: Daniel Antoniuk 3
CHA: Frankie Sanfilippo (Tsuyoshi Yoshitake) 54
CAR: Gavin Glinton 73
Att.: 4,531

May 10
Vancouver 1 Puerto Rico 0.
VAN: Charles Gbeke (Wes Knight) 82
Att.: 5,023.

Vancouver 3 1 2 7 5 11
Carolina 3 2 1 5 5 10
Rochester 3 1 1 7 3 10
Charleston 2 0 3 4 2 9
Puerto Rico 2 1 2 6 5 8
Austin 1 0 3 6 3 6
Miami FC 2 2 0 6 5   6
Portland 1 1 2 2 1 5
Minnesota 0 3 2 5 8 2
Montreal 0 3 1 4 7   1
Cleveland 0 3 1 1 9 1

Leading Scorers:
James, Vancouver 3
Menyongar, Rochester 3
Johnson, Austin 2
Nunes, Miami FC 2
Serna, Miami FC 2
Saint-Preux, Minnesota 2
Sanchez, Minnesota 2
Addlery, Puerto Rico 2
Glinton, Carolina 2


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