On a day when USWNT star Christen Press spurned the Houston Dash, the news got worse by nightfall for Houston soccer. Texas native Brek Shea’s second half counter attack goal proved the difference maker as Vancouver despite being out-shot three to one, walked out of BBVA Compass Stadium a 2-1 victor.
Houston played the better game but could not finish on a night in which they peppered Whitecaps keeper Stefan Marinovic with 21 shots. Nearly single-handedly, the New Zelander kept Houston from running off with the game. particularly in the first half stopping five of the ten first half targets on net. In a span of five minutes, he was called upon to stop a pair of net chances from both Alberth Elis and DaMarcus Beasley.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Wave after wave of orange attackers descended upon the Vancouver goal looking for the equalizer.
In the 62’ Marinovic came up strong on a turn and shoot by Andrew Wenger. The 80’ saw Wenger and right Adolfo Machado with a little give and go that forced another save and another corner. Houston held a 15:4 advantage in corner kicks. Moments later, it was the right foot of Elis that forced another spectacular stop by Marinovic.
“Our errors cost us the game,” said Elis. “We gave the game away. We insisted, but the goalkeeper had a good performance. We have to keep moving forward.”
Former Dynamo Kei Kamara playing his 300th MLS game converted a penalty kick for his 100th career MLS goal; helping Vancouver win for the first time ever at BBVA.