• Friday Mar 03, 2017

    Vancouver Whitecaps top New York Red Bulls, earn SCCL semifinal berth

    Alphonso Davies (center) celebrates after scoring in the Vancouver Whitecaps' win over the visiting New York Red Bulls in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 2, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: Mexsport)

    VANCOUVER, Canada --Sixteen-year-old Alphonso Davies scored one goal and helped set-up another to lift the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-0 triumph over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday to become the third Canadian team to reach the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

    The Whitecaps prevailed in the quarterfinal series, 3-1 on aggregate, registering a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week.  They will face Mexico’s Tigres – the 2015/16 SCCL runner-up – in a final-four pairing.

    Davies notched his second career SCCL goal early in the encounter and his corner kick set up Fredy Montero's 76th-minute goal only nine minutes after the former Seattle Sounder made his Vancouver debut at BC Place.

    Goalkeeper David Ousted recorded the shutout.

    Five minutes after kickoff, Davies boosted the host into a 1-0 lead.  Marcel de Jong sent a left-wing cross into the area to Davies, who out-maneuvered left back Kemar Lawrence in front of the net, before depositing a five-yard shot into the lower-near post past goalkeeper Luis Robles.

    Only three minutes later, the Red Bulls suffered a blow when forward Gonzalo Veron was injured and was replaced by Derrick Etienne.

    Had it not been for the outstanding play of Robles, Vancouver would have enjoyed a larger halftime lead.

    Robles denied Kekuta Manneh on a breakaway off a Davies steal in the 25th minute and then de Jong nine minutes later.

    Montero gave Vancouver some breathing room after replacing de Jong in the 67th minute.  Davies' right-sided corner kick was deflected by New York captain Sacha Kljestan to Montero, who fired in a shot from 12-yards out for his seventh career SCCL goal.

    The Red Bulls have scored only one goal in their last five SCCL away matches.

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