Rolfe fires United past Whitecaps

Vancouver, BC ( – Chris Rolfe’s second-half strike proved
to be the difference on Saturday as D.C. United claimed a 2-1 victory over 10-
man Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.

After claiming a point against Houston last time, out United came into
Saturday’s clash looking to extend its unbeaten streak to five matches and
goals from Rolfe and defender Bobby Boswell gave United all three points and
moved the club into a tie with New England atop the Eastern Conference with 14

But it was the home-standing Whitecaps that opened the scoring after just two
minutes when Octavio Rivero sent a cross-field pass to a wide-open Pedro
Morales, who cut inside and chipped it over the head of United goalkeeper
Andrew Dykstra.

The traveling side found an equalizer, however just seven minutes later when
Boswell got on the end of a set-piece delivery from Michael Farfan and nodded
it into the bottom left corner, leaving ‘Caps goalkeeper David Ousted with no
chance for a save.

Things then got worse for Vancouver in first-half stoppage time when
midfielder Matias Laba was shown a second yellow card and sent off by referee
David Gantar for a poor challenge on United’s Fabian Espindola.

United then grabbed the winning tally with 26 minutes to play when Rolfe found
himself in the right place at the right time to hammer home a laser-strike on
the half-volley from the top of the penalty area.

The ‘Caps created a handful of decent scoring chances over the final quarter-
hour plus six minutes of added time, but could never find that final pass that
led to an equalizer and suffered their second home defeat of the season.