Goalkeeper Spencer Richey, who has been starring for WFC2 in the USL, made five saves -- all in the first half -- to secure the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 win over Central FC in Trinidad &
Tobago in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Uruguayan Cristian Techera scored the game’s only goal in the 34th minute.
Richey, a product of the University of
Washington, was one of five WFC2 players who made the trip, and he made his first-team debut along with WFC2 teammate Brett Levis, who was credited with an assist on Techera's goal along
with Erik Hurtado.
Next up in Group C is Sporting KC, which will need to hold serve when it travels to Ato Boldon Stadium in two weeks to face Central FC.
Aug. 2 in Couva Central FC 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1. Goal: Techera 34. Central FC -- Sample; Gabriel, Ettienne, Villaroel,
Goodridge; Garcia, Paul, de Silva (Corbin 87), Mitchell (Joseph 72); Dillon (Cummings 51), Marcano. Vancouver Whitecaps -- Richey; Smith, Kah, Edgar, Levis; McKendry, Teibert; Aird,
Mezquida (Froese 89), Techera (Davies 66); Hurtado (Greig 74).
Week 1, Results: TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Central FC (TRI) 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Pachuca (MEX) 1 Olimpia (HON) 0
Week 1, Schedule: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 W Connection (TRI) vs. UNAM (MEX), 8 pm UDN NY Red Bulls vs. Antigua (GUA), 8 pm UDN
(TV: delay, Thursday 2 am) Portland Timbers vs. Dragon (SLV), 10 pm Galavision (TV: delay, Thursday 12:30 am) Don Bosco (HAI) vs. Monterrey (MEX), 10 pm UDN THURSDAY, AUGUST
4 FC Dallas vs. Real Esteli (NCA), 8 pm UDN Plaza Amador (PAN) Herediano (CRC), 10 pm UDN Note: All times ET.