Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Whitecaps capture second title in three years
by Paul Kennedy, October 13th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[USL-1] West African imports have played an increasingly important role in the USL First Division, no one more so than Charles Gbeke.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast native has hopped around six USL-1 teams -- with two stints apiece at three clubs -- ending up a second time at Vancouver.

All he did was lead the Whitecaps to their second USL-1 title, scoring both goals in the club's 2-1 victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders in the final.

Gbeke, who arrived from Montreal at the end of June, rose above his marker, USL-1 Defender of the Year Cristian Arrieta, to head in the first goal in the 55th minute and broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 74th minute when he rose above the Puerto Rico defense to head in Justin Moose's cross.

The Islanders, who are also competing in the Concacaf Champions League, had evened the score a minute after Gbeke's first goal when Sandi Gbandi scored on a header.

Reflecting the multinational scope of the USL-1, players from 13 countries played in the championship.

The youngest player was 17-year-old Ethan Gage, who started for Vancouver.

GAME SUMMARY:
Oct. 12 in Burnaby, B.C.
Vancouver 2 Puerto Rico 1. Goals: Gbeke 55, 74; Gbandi 68.
Vancouver -- Nolly, Charles, Clarke, Kindel, Martin, Moose, Nash, Gage, Valente, Gbeke, Sebrango.
Puerto Rico -- Gaudette, Arrieta, Yomby, Jones (Hansen, 83), Krause, Delgado, Gbandi, Miranda, Steele (Jagdeosingh, 89), Atieno, Villegas (Noel, 62).
Referee: Mark Kadlecik.
Att.: 5,822.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Ambroise Oyongo    
"You give your heart and soul for your country, but others don't recognize your value. Still, ...
MLS: Schweinsteiger takes on role of 'icon' in Chicago    
A resume that includes eight Bundesliga crowns, a Champions League title, and a World Cup has ...
What They're Saying: Jonathan Kraft    
"We've had a lot of great options. [But] St. Louis: exceptional soccer market, exceptional owner group. ...
MLS Expansion: San Diego 'SoccerCity' petition 'crushing it'    
The San Diego group seeking to build a stadium for a proposed MLS expansion team has ...
USMNT: Christian Pulisic passes the Arena test    
For all his candor and sarcasm, Bruce Arena is not one for hyperbole. Before the USA ...
MLS: Petke vows to let loose 'caged animal' that is RSL    
A poor finish last season and bad start to 2017 prompted the dismissal of Jeff Cassar ...
MLS Moves: Red Bulls sign Wright-Phillips to new DP deal    
Scorer of 78 goals for the Red Bulls since arriving on trial during the summer of ...
Video Pick (TBT): When Chicago ruled MLS     
Can German star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who landed in the Windy City, lead the Chicago Fire to ...
Gold Cup: Third U.S. opponent will be Nicaragua     
Host USA will face Nicaragua along with Panama and Martinique at the 2017 Gold Cup. Nicaragua ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"From what I remember about Concacaf qualifying, it hasn't changed a whole lot in 12 years. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives