By Bill Truong
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Vancouver Whitecaps scored 3 goals in 9 minutes to complete their comeback bid and defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night.
San Jose raced out to a two goal lead, with Jamir Hyka opening the scoring in the 7th minute off of a badly cleared cross that the Albanian volleyed past goalie Stefan Marinovic. Magnus Eriksson scored 11 minutes later off of a penalty that Danny Hoesen drew, scoring to Marinovic’s right hand side.
The Whitecaps would come right back in the second half, scoring on a direct free kick from Yordy Reina. Reina’s low free kick squeezed past San Jose goalie Andrew Tarbell, who’s fingertips could not keep out the free kick.
Vancouver would equalize two minutes later through Christian Techera, who slalomed his way past the San Jose defense and slotted it into the net. Vancouver would cap off the comeback 7 minutes later via Kei Kamara, who scored virtually a tap in to give the ‘Caps a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
San Jose tried to spark a comeback by bringing on Chris Wondolowski and Dominic Oduro, but to no success. The Whitecaps leveled the storm through the end of the match to see out the victory.
The win gives Vancouver a valuable 3 points with the playoff push in full swing. The Whitecaps are now on 37 points and tied with their Cascadia rivals Portland for the 6th and final playoff spot, albeit that Portland has the tiebreaker and 3 games in hand.