Things started badly for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, but a pair of goals by captain Kendall Waston turned the game around and helped the home side record a 3-1 victory over visiting Atlanta United at BC Place.
Atlanta had taken an early lead on a beautiful, tic-tac-toe goal from Greg Garza in the seventh minute, but Waston, the 6-foot-5 center back from Costa Rica, equalized with his first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Then, just before halftime, Waston drove home a header off a corner kick to put Vancouver ahead before the break. Vancouver added a third goal after halftime, off another corner. The goal was credited to Fredy Montero, though TV replays appeared to show it should have been given to Tim Parker.
- 7' – ATL – Greg Garza Watch
- 31' – VAN – Kendall Waston Watch
- 44' – VAN – Kendall Waston Watch
- 68' – VAN – Fredy Montero Watch
- CORNERING THE MARKET: Statistically, Atlanta United appeared to dominate major parts of the match, holding possession for 66.6 percent of the game and completing 82 percent of their 514 passes, while Vancouver completed just 67 percent of their 252 passes. However, Vancouver outshot the visitors 17-7, and the key statistic was they had eight corner kicks in the match (compared to four for Atlanta). They made them count, scoring off three of them.
- STYLE POINTS: Whitecaps fans were most happy with the three points, certainly, but with Vancouver scoring three goals, it also meant free haircuts for fans in attendance.
- THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENSE? Who needs strikers? Atlanta opened the scoring with a goal from their left back (Greg Garza), and Vancouver's first two goals came from center back Kendall Waston. Their third goal was credited to striker Fredy Montero, but TV replays suggest it should have been credited to center back Tim Parker, instead.