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Whitecaps advance in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 3 March 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup

Vancouver Whitecaps FC are one step closer to the FIFA Club World Cup. Now unbeaten in six matches through 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, the Canadian club eliminated New York Red Bulls on Thursday 2 March in the competition's quarter-finals stage.

Following a 1:1 draw in the first leg, Vancouver won 2:0 at home to win the series 3-1 on aggregate. Alphonso Davies scored the opening goal - the series winner - while newcomer Fredy Montero provided an insurance goal in the second half. The series victory moves Vancouver into the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals against Mexican club Tigres UANL.

Tigres UANL will host the first leg of the semi-finals on 14 March at Estadio Universitario; Whitecaps FC will host the return leg on 5 April at BC Place. Whitecaps FC are the third Canadian team to reach the semi-finals following in the footsteps of both Impact Montréal (2014-15) and Toronto FC (2011-12). Vancouver Whitecaps FC qualified for 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League after winning the 2015 Canadian Championship.

In the 2 March match at BC Place, Davies opened the scoring in the fifth minute, giving Whitecaps FC a 2-1 series lead. It was Davies' second goal of the 2016-17 campaign.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC's starting lineup featured David Ousted in goal, Jakob Nerwinski at right back, Kendall Waston and Tim Parker at centre back, Jordan Harvey at left back, Alphonso Davies, Matias Laba, Russell Teibert, Kekuta Manneh and Marcel de Jong in the midfield, and Brek Shea up front.

In the second half, coach Carl Robinson replaced de Jong with Fredy Montero (67') and Manneh with Andrew Jacobson (82').

New York Red Bulls featured Luis Robles  in goal, Sal Zizzo, Aurélien Collin, Aaron Long and Kemar Lawrence along the back, Sasha Klejstand, Felipe, Sean Davis and Daniel Royer in the midfield, and Bradley Wright Phillips and Gonzalo Veron up front.

In the first half, coach Jesse Marsh replaced injured Veron with Derrick Etienne (8'). In the second half, Marsh replaced Royer with Alex Muyl (60') and Davis with Mike Grella (80').

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