Van­cou­ver White­caps atop con­fer­ence with win over Min­nesota

Van­cou­ver posts con­vinc­ing 3-0 win at home over Min­nesota

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VAN­COU­VER — Yordy Reyna and Brek Shea each scored once and helped set up an­other as the Van­cou­ver White­caps de­feated Min­nesota United 3-0 on Wed­nes­day night.

Erik Hur­tado had the other goal for Van­cou­ver (13-9-5), which moved into first place in Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Western Con­fer­ence with 44 points. The Port­land Tim­bers also sit on 44 points, but the White­caps own the tiebreaker with one more win, and have played two fewer games.

White­caps goal­keeper David Ousted was forced to make just one stop for his sixth shutout of the sea­son.

Min­nesota (7-15-5), mean­while, re­mains sec­ond last in the West in what has been a dif­fi­cult year for the ex­pan­sion club, a point up on the Colorado Rapids.

Play­ing their sec­ond of three matches in eight days, the White­caps — who made five changes to the team that beat Real Salt Lake 3-2 at B.C. Place Sta­dium last Satur­day — grabbed the lead five min­utes in.

Cana­dian in­ter­na­tional Mar­cel de Jong floated a ball from near half that dropped be­tween two Min­nesota de­fend­ers and right onto the boot of a hard-charg­ing Reyna, who coolly tapped his fourth goal of the sea­son, and sec­ond in as many games, be­yond United ’keeper Bobby Shut­tle­worth.

The White­caps, who host the Columbus Crew on Satur­day and are now 7-2-2 over their last 11, then dou­bled the ad­van­tage in the 31st minute on one of the clas­sic counter-at­tack goals they have be­come known for un­der head coach Carl Robin­son.

Af­ter the visi­tors failed to con­nect on three straight cor­ners, Ousted heaved the ball out to a break­ing Reyna. As Min­nesota tried to scram­ble back, the Peru­vian fed a pass to Shea down the left side, and he in turn fired a cross to the top of the six-yard box that Hur­tado chested past Shut­tle­worth for the striker’s sec­ond.

De­spite the club’s poor over­all record, Min­nesota came in 2-2-1 over its last five fol­low­ing an 0-2-3 run. United, which now has to travel to Mon­treal to take on the Im­pact on Satur­day, came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie Van­cou­ver in June in the first-ever meet­ing be­tween the clubs.

Hur­tado had two cracks at his sec­ond of the night in the 57th minute be­fore Reyna’s fol­low-up chance hit a United de­fender and stayed out.

Reyna was subbed off in the 63rd minute to a rous­ing ova­tion from the crowd of 17,368 in at­ten­dance, with Robin­son per­haps try­ing to save his in­flu­en­tial at­tack­ing mid­fielder for Satur­day.

Bernie Ibini came on for Reyna and nearly got an­other for Van­cou­ver in the 70th minute on a header off a cor­ner that Shut­tle­worth got a palm to be­fore the Min­nesota ’keeper also thwarted Shea.

But Shea wouldn’t be de­nied in the 88th minute when he headed a cross from sub­sti­tute striker Fredy Mon­tero past a help­less Shut­tle­worth for his fourth.

The Cana­dian Press

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