Vancouver Whitecaps defensive end Ben Koyung scored the winning goal with a minute left in the second half to send the Vancouver Whitecap FC home with a 24-20 win over the Stamps on Saturday.
B.C.’s Whitecaps are looking to win their sixth straight home match at BC Place and take a first-place tie into the playoffs for the first time since joining MLS in 2017.
The Lions (5-6-2, 6 pts.) will now travel to Montreal to take on the Impact on Saturday (7 pm ET, FS1, MLS LIVE).
The Impact (4-8-2) return home after a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.
The win for Whitecaps’ head coach Carl Robinson came on the back of a performance that included a game-high 13 tackles, a goal and two interceptions in the first half.
Robinson also recorded a assist.
With Robinson in the game, the Lions were able to generate plenty of pressure, scoring just two times.
Whitecaps FC’s Michael Cox tallied the game’s first goal on a beautiful, low cross from midfielder Koyong.
Robinson and the rest of his teammates responded with a pair of goals in the closing seconds.
Whitecaps FC midfielder Jordan Harvey was credited with his first assist of the season with the match-winner on a counterattack after a great play by the Lions.
Whitecap FC forward Chris Kappe earned the assist on Vancouver’s second goal of the match, an assist on Koyeng’s corner kick.
Kappes added his first goal since December 21 when he scored the game-winner against FC Dallas.
Vancouver took control in the third quarter and never looked back.
The Lions tied it up at two after one goal from Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Blanco.
Whitecap midfielder Josh Williams made a nice sliding run on Blanco and made a good move on the ball that allowed Blanco to find Koyuk, who then finished the pass with his right foot.
Viktor Iglesias added his second goal in four games for Whitecap.
He scored on a free kick from a corner kick that was headed away by Vancouver goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
The Whitecaps were unable to score a third goal after the first two, but Whitecaps head coach Caleb Porter was pleased with his team’s play and was pleased for his players.
He said that he is happy with the effort and the play the team showed.
Whitecaps midfielder Taylor White had an excellent game and his goal was a great assist to the goal from Iglesia.
The goal was the first in the USL this season for Whitecaps’ rookie striker.
Vicente Iborra was also a late sub in the match as he was injured against the Impact.
Iborran scored the Whitecaps first goal of his USL career on a header from a cross from the right flank.
Whitecoats captain Chad Barrett scored his first MLS goal, a beautiful cross from midfield that he made into the back net.
The Vancouver Whitecapped won for the second time in three matches, and they have a two-game winning streak going.
Whitecappers head coach Gavin Wilkinson was impressed with his players performance.
He is also pleased with the way he is performing.
I’m pleased with my team’s performance.
I was very pleased with our effort.
We were very disciplined in the opening 20 minutes.
We just didn’t get the results we needed.
There are things that need to be improved, but we’re in a good place.
The match is over, and Whitecaps fans will be able to see what it was like when they were playing in Vancouver.
Whitecaplaps head coach Brendan Porter will be interviewed after the match by Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes and MLS commissioner Don Garber.