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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s back to back results for Vancouver Whitecaps FC at B.C. Place after earning a 1-1 draw at home to the Philadelphia Union. Doneil Henry opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, only to see Kacper Przybylko score in the second half.

A crowd of 17,835 was on hand to see Whitecaps FC improve to 1-5-3 on the season.

While Vancouver created numerous scoring opportunities they had trouble finishing in the final third. Coach Marc Dos Santos was left feeling frustrated by the result.

“We did enough to win the game,” Dos Santos said post-match. “We created enough opportunites, but if you don’t finish your chances, you’re always playing on the edge. In this league the teams are good, everybody has some qualities. So you can’t play like that all the time in the edge. I felt that we did enough in the 90 minutes overall to win the game and today we lost two points.”

In his first career MLS start, Pennsylvania native, Matt Freese, made four saves. The 20-year-old, was cool under pressure as he made sure his team earned a valuable point on the road.

“It felt really great to be in net,” Freese told reporters. “Looking back at the whole game, it was definitely an exciting game. It was fast paced, especially on the turf. That was a pretty even match, both sides getting some chances. I think we played well, it wasn’t our best game, but I’m really happy that we fought back and got the point in the end.”

Yordy Reyna was the most noticeable Whitecap in the opening forty-five. The Peruvian international was had his best showing of the season. Reyna hit the crossbar in the 14th’ minute. He also had an opportunity to score in the 35′ minute, when Freese was forced into making a terrific point blank save.

“Yordy does everything that I think a number nine should do,” Dos Santos explained. “He deserves the goal, but it’s an example for the other number nines also to look at. When he doesn’t have the ball he’s very loyal to the team. He runs, he steps, he presses, not only the centre back but if their defensive midfielder has the ball, he turns and he comes in and presses them.”

Whitecaps FC broke through with the opening goal of the match in the 41 minute. Centre back, Doneil Henry smashed home a header off a Ali Adnan corner. The Union failed to cover Henry, and his second goal of the season gave Vancouver a 1-0 advantage.

Vancouver looked to double their lead after the interval. Reyna was off to the races, but he was just too fast. He chipped Freese, and began his goal celebration before his tally was called back for being offside.

“He’s always in movement,” Dos Santos said. “Always trying to make important runs. Then again he needs to be sharper when he’s around the box, but he knows that, he’s working on it. Today he deserved a goal, it’s very sad that he had to come out because I felt that we were good in the game. Coming out it forced a substitution, and we lost a bit of [momentum] once he came off.”

It wasn’t all good news for Yordy Reyna, and he was forced to exit the match in the 65′ minute. Reyna pulled up and looked to be favouring his left hamstring. He was helped off the pitch, and replaced by striker, Joaquin Ardaiz.

Philadelphia quickly tied the match 1-1 in the 66 minute. Ali Adnan lost the ball, and Kacper Przybylko was in a prime position to race in on Max Crepeau. The 26-year-old picked the perfect time to score his first career MLS goal, in his first MLS start.

“When I scored the goal, there was no feeling, but I just wanted to continue and to win the game, and to score the next goal.”

Whitecaps FC did everything they needed to do, except earn all three points. The Caps dictated play, had plenty of scoring chances, but could not break the Union. Philadelphia played a strong road match. It was clearly a match of two points lost for the home side.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Maxime Crepeau; Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Russell Teibert, Jon Erice(C), In-Boem Hwang; Victor PC Giro, 79 (Lass Bangoura), Yordy Reyna, 65 (Joaquin Ardaiz), Lucas Venuto. 4-3-3

Philadelphia Union Starting XI: Matt Freese; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya(C), Brenden Aaronson, 60 (Picault), Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Pryzbylko, David Accam, 75 (Warren Creavalle). 4-4-2

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