BC Soccer Web Matchday #12: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Chicago Fire, May 11, 2016





The Whitecaps defeated Chicago Fire in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night through Blas Perez’s late match, bicylcle kick goal. It was a bright end to a match that was marred by a dangerous collision that sent Whitecaps striker Masato Kudo to hospital in the first half. The Caps now take their 2 match winning streak to the new BMO Field on Saturday when they face a strong Toronto FC side.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vancouver Whitecaps FC  2  Chicago Fire 1, May 11, 2016BC Soccer Web
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Pérez scores incredible bicycle kick, leads Whitecaps FC to 2-1 win over Chicago Fire Whitecaps FC
It’s never felt so good to see those horns.  Blas Pérez scored his first two goals of the season, including an incredible bicycle kick, to lead Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5W-5L-2D) to a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire (1W-3L-4D) on Wednesday night at BC Place.

Masato Kudo suffers concussion, taken to Vancouver General Hospital for further evaluationWhitecaps FC
In the 11th minute of Wednesday’s match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Chicago Fire, Japanese striker Masato Kudo suffered a concussion after a heavy collision with Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

VIDEO: GOAL: Blas Perez scores a stunning bicycle kick MLS
Watch Blas Perez’s spectacular winner over Chicago.

Report and Reaction: Blas Perez opens Whitecaps account and douses Fire hopes of a drawAFTN
It was a night of “mixed emotions” for Vancouver Whitecaps. They came away with all three points against Chicago Fire thanks to a last ditch Blaz Perez bicycle kick, but at the same time lost striker Masato Kudo to a horror head injury after a collision with Fire ‘keeper Matt Lampson.

Vancouver Whitecaps Defeat Chicago Fire on Last Minute Perez Wonder Goal!Eighty-Six Forever
At times it was very pretty while at other times it was not, however, the Whitecaps accomplished what they set out to do on Wednesday night and that was to come away from BC Place with 3 points against Chicago Fire. We recount the festivities and get your thoughts on the match.

Chicago Fire Fall 2-1 on the Road to Vancouver Whitecaps FCChicago Fire
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson recorded a career high nine saves in the match for the Fire, while Chicago rookie Joey Calistri became the fourth Fire Homegrown signing to start a match for the club with his first career appearance in the Starting XI.

Perez smashes bicycle kick to lead Whitecaps past Fire – SBI
Blas Perez has been torturing MLS defenses for years, and the veteran forward provided yet another reminder of his goalscoring abilities in a win on Wednesday night.

Paunovic, Fire looking ahead to next opportunity after last-minute loss in VancouverChicago Fire
There were no doubt positives to come out of it — a fourth goal in eight games for Kennedy Igboananike, an active first start for Joey Calistri and a typically buzzing performance by halftime substitute Matt Polster, to name a few — but in the end the Chicago Fire were left without a result in a 2-1 loss at Vancouver Wednesday night.

Lampson on scary first-half collision: “We’re brothers in the game” Chicago Fire
“It was just a dangerous ball over the top and I was trying to cover the space in behind,” Lampson said after the match. “It’s a 50-50 ball and I took it, I had to protect myself in that situation and it was just a freak accident. I feel for the guy, he definitely got the worst of it. I knew right away, we called the staff over immediately and I wish him the best.”


Preview: Whitecaps FC host Chicago Fire in midweek affair at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
After an exciting 2-1 win over the defending MLS Cup champions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4W-5L-2D) return to BC Place on Wednesday night for a midweek clash with Eastern Conference side Chicago Fire (1W-2L-4D).

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Chicago Fire | MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Fire return to action after a weekend off, their last match a 1-1 home draw with D.C. United on April 30, ending a two-game homestand. The Fire travel to Vancouver with a 27-game road winless streak dating back to July 23, 2014, matching the longest in MLS history.

Three storylines: Can Bolaños keep the streak alive vs. the Fire? Whitecaps FC
Coming off a big win over the defending MLS Cup champions and two goals from newcomers Christian Bolaños and Masato Kudo, Vancouver Whitecaps FC make a quick turnaround to face Chicago Fire tonight at BC Place.

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Chicago FireAFTN
The team with the worst record in MLS, coming to play a Vancouver Whitecaps side in strong home form. What could possibly go wrong?

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps Battle Chicago FireEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps are being put back to work quickly, as they get ready to battle Chicago Fire at BC Place on Wednesday, just a few days after topping the Portland Timbers 2-1 in Vancouver. The win was a big one for Vancouver, who needed a better showing after a disappointing loss to NYCFC a week prior.

Match Storylines: Fire Travel to Vancouver to Kick Off Road Trip Chicago Fire
A new chapter in the Chicago Fire’s 2016 MLS campaign begins this week, when the Men In Red (1-2-4, 7 points) embark on a cross-country road trip and a stretch of four games in 11 days. First up for the Fire is a trip to the Pacific Northwest and a Wednesday night date with Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-5-2, 14 points), kicking off inside BC Place at 7 p.m.

After win over Timbers, Whitecaps aiming for consistencySportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps know they’re still very much a work in progress. The Major League Soccer club defeated the rival Portland Timbers 2-1 at home on Saturday despite trailing at halftime in what was by far Vancouver’s best performance of 2016.

Match preview: Whitecaps FC look to extinguish lowly Chicago Fire VanCity Buzz
After a big come from behind win against the Portland Timbers last Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps (4W-5L-2D, 14pts, – 7th Western Conference) are back in action tonight when they will face the lowly Chicago Fire (1W-2L-4D, 7pts – 10th Eastern Conference).

Vancouver Whitecaps host Chicago Fire with both teams looking for consistency – Vavel
The Chicago Fire look to move out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a win, while the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to win their first of two games this week.

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