Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Camilo Moves into MLS Scoring Lead as Vancouver Whitecaps Beat Chicago Fire 3-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Camilo Moves into MLS Scoring Lead as Vancouver Whitecaps Beat Chicago Fire 3-1

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Camilo's two goals lead Whitecaps to win

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VANCOUVER - Vancouver Whitecaps striker Camilo is struggling to come up with dance routines to celebrate his goals.

Camilo lamented the fact that he didn't seek advice from teammates Sunday, as he sometimes does. But he made the right moves during play as he scored two goals six minutes apart to lead the Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.

"I try to score every time I can, but I'm very happy today to score," he said.

With the goals, his 11th and 12th of the season, Camilo moved into the Major League Soccer scoring lead. Second-half substitute Kekuta Manneh also scored for the Whitecaps (8-7-6) as they extended their unbeaten streak to a club record six games.

"For me, (the scoring lead) is not important," said Camilo. "More important for me, our club is getting up in the table."

Vancouver leaped over idle the idle Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas into third place in the Western Conference. In posting their seventh win in 10 games, the Whitecaps move five points out of first place.

Chicago (6-9-3) suffered its second consecutive loss.

"Today, obviously, we weren't good with our attacking chances, and they made the most of theirs," said Chicago striker Mike Magee, who entered the game tied for the league scoring lead but was held in check.

Camilo scored in the 66th and 72nd minutes and Manneh tallied in the 84th. Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton was denied a second consecutive shutout as Patrick Nyarko scored a few seconds before the game ended.

Vancouver's offence erupted early in the second half after struggling to get going in the first 45 minutes.

"The first half was a little bit slow," said Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie. "The tempo wasn't too great from us, and I didn't think we kept the ball as well as we have been, and we didn't keep the ball as well as we have been, and we didn't create as many chances as we have.

"But in the second half, I thought we improved a lot."

Rennie was wary of his team coming out flat after a week of rest, and it looked like it might be a long day for the Caps, especially after goalkeeper Brad Knighton was forced to foil Chris Rolfe from in close in the second minute, getting his arm on the shot.

But Vancouver's offence picked up early in the second half as Kenny Miller put a Gershon Koffie setup off the post from the top of the Chicago box. The Whitecaps were then able to take the ball to the Chicago net consistently for the rest of the game.

Camilo's first goal came as he fielded a long punt from Knighton, who had just made a nice catch off a Chicago corner-kick. Taking the ball between Rolfe and Fire teammate Shaun Francis, the little Brazilian deked Francis, twisting him inside-out, and put in a low shot past Chicago goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.

The goal was the Whitecaps' 100th in MLS play. …

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