The Vancouver Whitecaps took command of Group C in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with a 3-0 win over MLS rival Sporting Kansas City. Cristian Techera and Erik Hurtado scored
in the first 12 minutes to stake the 'Caps to a lead as they snapped a five-game winless run against Sporting KC.
Center back Kevin Ellis was the lone player to keep his starting
spot for Sporting KC from the team that beat Vancouver, 2-0, in MLS action on Saturday. Only two players -- Kendall Waston and Fraser Aird -- kept their places for Vancouver.
An errant pass by Ellis led to Techera's first goal. Four minutes later, Hurtado doubled Vancouver's lead, splitting the Sporting KC defense and chipping charging keeper Jon Kempin from 20
yards. Techera added a second goal in the second half for Vancouver, which has lost four straight games in MLS.
The 'Caps opened up a five-point lead over Sporting KC. They can clinch
Group C with a win or tie when the MLS teams meet on Sept. 13 at Children's Mercy Park in the return game. A win at home against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC on Sept. 28 will also send the 'Caps
into the quarterfinals.
Aug. 23 in Vancouver Vancouver Whitecaps 3Sporting KC 0. Goals: Techera 8, 64,
Hurtado 12. Vancouver -- Tornaghi; Levis, Parker, Waston, Smith; Techera (Davies 76), Teibert, Laba (Jacobson 91+), Aird; Kudo, Hurtado (Perez 68). Sporting KC -- Kempin;
Abdul-Salaam, Didic, Ellis, Alvarado; Nagamura, Mustivar (Ualefi 64), Appiah; Porter, Rubio, Hallisey.
Week 3, Results: TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 Alianza FC (SLV) 1 Antigua (GUA) 1 Pachuca
(MEX) 3 Police United (BLZ) 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Sporting KC 0
Week 3, Schedule: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 Don
Bosco (HAI) vs. Arabe Unido (PAN) Tigres (MEX) vs. Plaza Amador (PAN) Real Esteli (NCA) vs. FC Dallas THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 W Connection (TRI) vs. Honduras Progreso
(HON) Dragon (SLV) vs. Saprissa (CRC)
Standings: Group A: UNAM 6 points; W Connection, Honduras Progreso
0. Group B: Saprissa, Portland Timbers 3 points; Dragon 0. Group C: Vancouver Whitecaps 6 points; Sporting KC, Central FC 1. Group D: Arabe Unido, Monterrey 3
points; Don Bosco 0. Group E: Pachuca 6 points; Olimpia 3; Police United 0. Group F: NY Red Bulls 4 points; Alianza 2; Antigua 1. Group G: Tigres 3 points;
Herediano, Plaza Amador 1. Group H: FC Dallas, Suchitepequez 3 points; Real Esteli 0.
Week 2, Results: THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Suchitepequez (GUA) 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 0 UNAM (MEX) 2 Honduras Progreso (HON) 0 Saprissa (CRC) 6 Dragon (SLV) 0 WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 17 Monterrey (MEX) 2 Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 Herediano (CRC) 1 Tigres (MEX) 3 TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 Central FC (TRI) 2 Sporting KC 2 Alianza FC
(SLV) 1 NY Red Bulls 1 Olimpia (HON) 4 Police United (BLZ) 0
Week 1, Results: TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Central FC
(TRI) 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Pachuca (MEX) 1 Olimpia (HON) 0 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 W Connection (TRI) 2 UNAM (MEX) 4 NY Red Bulls 3 Antigua (GUA) 0 Portland Timbers
2 Dragon (SLV) 1 Don Bosco (HAI) 0 Monterrey (MEX) 3 THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 FC Dallas 2 Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Plaza Amador (PAN) 1 Herediano (CRC) 1