Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Eliminated from Playoff Contention with 3-2 Loss to Colorado

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Eliminated from Playoff Contention with 3-2 Loss to Colorado

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Whitecaps eliminated from playoff contention

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Vancouver Whitecaps went from euphoric to despondent in less than two minutes.

When things were finally settled their playoff chances were gone.

Gabriel Torres scored two goals for Colorado, including one in the 77th minute, and the Rapids eliminated the Whitecaps from post-season contention with a 3-2 win Saturday night.

Kekuta Manneh and Camilo Sanvezzo scored for the Whitecaps, who needed at least a tie to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"We came here for a win and we didn't get that," goalkeeper David Ousted said. "Disappointed being out of the playoffs."

Vancouver was vying for its second straight post-season appearance in just its third season in Major League Soccer. The Whitecaps set a team record for points and wins this year but weren't rewarded with a playoff berth.

"There are a lot of positives throughout the season," defender Jay DeMerit said. "Our two main goals were to make the playoffs and win the Cascadia Cup. We won the Cascadia Cup and just missed the playoffs. I wouldn't call that season a failure."

For a while it appeared as though they were going to stay alive in the playoff race. After Sanvezzo tied it on a penalty kick in the 75th minute with his 19th goal the Whitecaps looked like they were heading home for a winner-take-all showdown against Colorado on Oct. 27.

A minute later Torres held off defenceman Jordan Harvey long enough to turn and blast a shot over Ousted and off the crossbar to put the Rapids in the lead again.

"That was an unbelievable strike by Torres. Undefendable," Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said. "We could have defended better. The bottom line for us we haven't defended well enough. We've been scoring goals and losing 3-2."

Defence was an issue when the Rapids took a 2-1 lead early in the second half. Goalie Clint Irwin sent a ball downfield and Deshorn Brown beat defender Young-Pyo Lee to the ball just inside the box. …

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