The Whitecaps, near the bottom of the Western Conference facing a playoff contender on the road, survived a first half dominated in possession by the Loons, then picked things up on offense in the second half enough to frustrate the home side front of a sellout crowd.
Minnesota United forced 38 clearances from the Whitecaps' defense, which survived several near misses in the first half and late in the match. The Loons couldn't finish quality chances in the first 45 minutes, and were unable to do anything with the opportunities they had in the second 45.
The Whitecaps lost defender Doneil Henry in the 13th minute to an injury substitution after Henry took a knee to his back early in the game and then pulled up running back on defense. With their defense dug in trying to keep the Loons' attack at bay, Vancouver's best scoring chance of the first half was a bad clearance attempt from Minnesota United's Angelo Rodriguez that hit the woodwork above the net.
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