Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Antoine Hoppenot netted the only match of
the night as the Philadelphia Union held on for a 1-0 result over 10-man
Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at BC Place.
Coming off a hard-fought scoreless draw at home to the Portland Timbers, the
Union collected their second consecutive clean sheet and dealt Vancouver its
first home loss of the season.
Things were physical early on and the momentum swing in the favor of the
visitors just eight minutes in when Vancouver defender Jun-Marques Davidson was
shown a straight red card for a head-butt on Philadelphia's Keon Daniel.
Despite being a man down, Vancouver had the better of the opportunities over
the first 45 minutes. 'Caps captain Kenny Miller had several quality chances,
but his finishing was just a bit off and the clubs went into the break on level
With the extra man, Philadelphia slowly began to take control of the match in
the second half, and finally found its goal five minutes from time.
Substitute Aaron Wheeler worked his way through the Whitecaps back four and
slid a back-heel pass to Hoppenot, who hit the top right corner of the net,
leaving 'Caps goalkeeper Brad Knighton with no chance for a save.
The result sees the Union rise to 34 points from 22 matches, while Vancouver
remains on 32 points.
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