Damir Kreilach Scores Late Winner As ‘caps Win Second Straight

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June 2, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release

VANCOUVER, BC – It was an exhilarating night at BC Place, as Vancouver Whitecaps FC grabbed a late victory over Colorado Rapids, winning it 2-1 on a stoppage time goal from Damir Kreilach.

It was a high-octane start to this match, with both sides threatening in transition inside the opening stages. Djordje Mihailovic was a whisker away from opening the scoreline in the eighth minute. After winning the ball, Colorado attacked with Kévin Cabral on the right. Cabral slipped in Mihailovic for a tap-in, but the American’s audacious back-heel flick went the wrong side of the post.

Brian White almost squeezed in a goal inside 20 minutes, trying to poke a long overtop ball past Zack Steffen, but it rolled a yard wide of the net. Sebastian Berhalter nearly forced an own goal in the 24th minute, whipping a free-kick in from a tight angle, right into the six-yard box and almost bouncing off a Rapids player and in.

White had another good opportunity to score just before the 40th minute, after good play from Ryan Gauld. The captain laid it off for an onrushing Luís Martins down the left, and Martins chipped a cross in for White to head towards goal. Unfortunately for White, his headed effort went right between the hands of Steffen. Pedro Vite tested his luck a few minutes before the break, taking a touch and curling a shot that looked destined for the top corner, but instead glanced off the crossbar and out.

Right at the end of the first half, Yohei Takaoka denied what looked to be a certain goal, throwing out a leg to deflect a clear scoring opportunity for Cabral. That would be the last action of the half as the referee blew his whistle.

The second half began in perfect fashion for Whitecaps FC, as they opened the scoring inside 60 seconds of the second half. Gauld chipped a ball from the right to the back post, where an awaiting Berhalter side-footed it home for the lead.

Colorado responded in quick fashion, levelling the match in the 50th minute. Omir Fernández was found in space out wide, and rolled a good pass into the box for Mihailovic to finish for the equalizer.

Fafà Picault almost restored the ‘Caps’ lead, drilling a shot across goal but dragging it just wide of the far post. After a long-sustained period of Whitecaps FC pressure, White almost broke the deadlock with half an hour to go. Another chipped cross from the left found White in the box, but his left-footed flick…

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