Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yordy Reyna Scores Again as Whitecaps Down Rapids to Stretch Lead atop MLS West

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yordy Reyna Scores Again as Whitecaps Down Rapids to Stretch Lead atop MLS West

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Reyna scores again as Whitecaps down Rapids

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VANCOUVER - An hour after Saturday's final whistle, Yordy Reyna strolled the pitch at an empty B.C. Place Stadium, head buried in his phone.

He could very well have been watching the highlight of yet another game-winning goal.

Reyna scored once and set up another as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the lowly Colorado Rapids 2-1 to expand their lead to four points atop Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

The classy Peruvian midfielder dropped a perfect cross onto Fredy Montero's head for an early lead before the roles were reversed in the second half following Colorado's equalizer on a Vancouver miscue just before the break.

All five of Reyna's goals have been game winners, tying him for tops in MLS, but he's made at least 11 fewer appearances than the other four players at the same number after breaking his foot in pre-season.

"You can see how happy he is when he scores," said Montero, who had his post-match scrum with reporters briefly interrupted by a jovial and Halloween-mask-wearing Reyna.

The Whitecaps (14-9-6) now have 48 points on the year, while the Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders are tied for second with 44. Seattle lost 2-0 at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, but Portland and Kansas City are both in action at home on Sunday.

"Great character again," said Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson, whose team stretched its unbeaten run to seven games (5-0-2). "All players stepped up."

The result was especially crucial with the Whitecaps set to visit the Sounders on Wednesday and then Sporting next Saturday.

After this weekend, Vancouver and Kansas City will both have five games left on the schedule in the race for first in the West, while Seattle will have four, and the Timbers just three.

Dominique Badji replied for the last-place Rapids (7-17-5), who hung around all night after the Whitecaps failed to connect on a number of chances that could have made for a more comfortable scoreline.

"We just want to get as many points on the board as we can," said Robinson. "Sometimes the games against the teams at the wrong end of the table are as hard as the teams at the top end. …

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