ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Whitecaps F.C. Men's Team advanced to the Final of the Canterbury Cup with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime win over the host Abbotsford Rangers of the PDL. Midfielder Steve Kindel netted the winner in the 104th minute. The Whitecaps play A-League rivals the Portland Timbers in Sunday's Final at 7:30pm, preceded by the Whitecaps Women against the Okanagan Predators of the PCSL at 5:00pm. In Saturday's earlier semi-final, Portland defeated the Yakima Reds of the PDL 5-1. Yakima and Abbotsford play at noon.
|"17-year-old RIehl rolled a loose ball into the goal amid a huge scramble in front"|
||Niall Thompson (Jason Jordan)|
|"Jordan beat the keeper to a bouncing ball just to the left of goal, and chipped it in front for Thompson to side-foot in from 6 yards". |
|"A low cross from Jordan on the right reached Kindel in front. His clever back-heel shot was blocked, but he got his own rebound and scrambled it in off two defenders.". |
-Whitecaps striker Musa Shannon hit the bar with a powerful shot at 36', while fellow striker Charles Gbeke hit the underside of the bar in the 5th minute of OT with a good header. -This is the third Canterbury Cup, and the first to be held in Abbotsford, after two years at Swangard Stadium. The tournament was won by MLS Project-40 in 2001, and the Seattle Sounders in 2002. -Steve Kindel has scored a game-winning goal each year in the Canterbury Cup, and his three career goals in the tournament is the most by a Vancouver player.
-Portuguese midfielder Mario Jorge showed some good skill in his first game for the Whitecaps. -The game opened up considerably after Abbotsford opened scoring early in the second half. -Midfielder Jeff Skinner came off at 33' with a slight hamstring pull. He will not play on Sunday.
-The Whitecaps defeated Abbotsford 2-0 in an April 12 preseason game in Chilliwack.
-Abbotsford is a 2003 expansion franchise in the USL PDL, two levels below the A-League.
29.Alex Marques / 18.Alex Haddow, 16.Nico Craveiro, 3.Kevan Cameron / 13.Jeff Skinner (9.Alfredo Valente 33'), 17.Craig Robson, 19.Mario Jorge (12.Oliver Heald 45'), 7.Paul Dailly (8.Steve Kindel 58'), 25.Gordon Chin / 24.Niall Thompson (23.Charles Gbeke 78'), 14.Musa Shannon (26.Jason Jordan 45')
Chris Cecil / 3.James Giebelhaus, 4.Paul Ballard, 5.Brad Peetoom, 13.Jeff Werstuik / 11.Trevor Rosencrans, 2.Simon Crocker (15.Chris Powell 66'; 12.Sean Crocker 98'), 6.James Riehl, 8.Michael Riehl / 14.Jason Flint, 10.JJ Dubin (9.Spencer Schmidt 73'),
Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford, BC
Referee: Bogdan Botoi
Portland Timbers 5 :: 1 Yakima Reds
7' Port Scott Benedetti (PK for handball)
16' Port Dan Antoniuk (Scott Benedetti)
38' Yak Jared Auckland (Brad Suhm)
72' Port Fadi Afash
85' Port Jason Melandez
89' Port Nick Downing
Canterbury Cup Final, Sunday, April 27, 7:30pm vs Portland Timbers at Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium.
Home opener is Saturday, May 3, against the Calgary Storm at Swangard Stadium at 7:00pm.