Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Still Alive in Playoff Race with 2-1 Victory over Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Still Alive in Playoff Race with 2-1 Victory over Toronto

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Whitecaps end Toronto's playoff hopes

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TORONTO - Fighting for their post-season lives with just four games to go in the regular season, the Vancouver Whitecaps arrived at BMO Field thinking only of themselves.

But Vancouver's 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, in Toronto's home stadium, didn't only boost the Whitecaps' playoff hopes. It ended Toronto's.

And the Whitecaps (12-12-7) departed smiling just a little bit bigger.

"There was no sort of revenge going into the game," said Russell Teibert. "Toronto's got a good team, and that's the reason why they're reigning champs.

"It's nice to put them out of the playoffs though," he added with a grin. "I'll definitely say that."

The midfielder, from Niagara Falls, Ont., scored in the fourth minute when he connected on a gorgeous no-look pass from Yordy Reyna.

"I just saw my family in my stands after, and that's pretty much all I remember from (the goal)," Teibert said. "It's super nice to score a goal, let alone score it in front of my family and a lot of people from my hometown."

Vancouver 'keeper Stefan Marinovic praised his teammates for the "best first 10 minutes I've seen us play in a very, very long time. Effectively that 10 minutes won us the game. . . the way we pressed, they didn't expect that from us."

Jozy Altidore evened it up for Toronto (9-16-6) when he connected on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute after Doneil Henry was whistled for a hand ball in the box.

But four minutes later, an unmarked Kei Kamara one-timed a cross from Jordan Mutch from inside the six-yard box that Toronto 'keeper Alex Bono had almost no hope of saving. It was Kamara's sixth game-winning goal of the season.

The victory ended the Whitecaps' three-game losing streak that matched their season-worst run. It was also the squad's first win since they fired coach Carl Robinson and his assistants, and promoted Craig Dalrymple, former director of the Whitecaps FC Academy. …

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