Camilo helps Whitecaps salvage tie with Real Salt Lake
Scores in 84th minute on penalty-kick
Camilo's goal on a penalty-kick in the 84th minute gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake in MLS action Saturday.
The Whitecaps (2-2-2) remained unbeaten at home, while RSL improved to 2-3-2 mark.
Second-half substitute Olmes Garcia, in the 66th minute, scored for Salt Lake, which was outplayed most of the game.
Camilo finally scored after having four shots stopped in the first half as the Whitecaps earned a point in their first home game since March 9.
Vancouver received its penalty-kick after RSL defender Nat Borchers went to field the ball in the box, but accidentally fell and got his hand on the sphere. With the crowd standing in anticipation, Camilo made no mistake, rolling the ball into one side of the net while RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando went the other way.
After the goal, Camilo leaped in the air and blew kisses to the fans.
Vancouver's star striker Darren Mattocks was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. Corey Hertzog again replaced him, and accomplished little while rarely seeing the ball directed his way.
In the ninth minute, RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando dove to block a Young-Pyo Lee shot from the inside right edge of the 18-yard box.
From there on, the first half was mainly about Rimando and Camilo, Vancouver's top scorer in 2011, who was making only his second start after subbing into a pair of other games and staying on the bench for all of one — the season opener.
In the 10th minute, Rimando stopped a Camilo header and shot off the rebound from within six yards — and then watched with gratitude as the Whitecap fired the second rebound way high and wide. Eight minutes later, Camilo put a free kick over a Salt Lake defensive wall from just outside the visitors' 18-yard box, but Rimando jumped high to smack the ball away.
In the 26th minute, Rimando dove and got his hand on Camilo's rolling shot from about 30 yards out. Salt Lake had a goal nullified by an off-side call in the 35th minute, and its next best chance came in the 40th as Lee blocked a pass near the net and knocked the ball away for a corner kick that did not amount to anything.
Rimando made yet another great save, off a Nigel Reo-Coker volley from outside the top of RSL 18-yard box in the 55th minute. Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon blocked a Garcia shot from 12 yards six minutes later.
Vancouver coach Martin Rennie subbed in Mattocks for Hertzog in the 63rd minute, drawing a cheer from the crowd. But Garcia capitalized five minutes later as he scored against the run of play.
He put in a curving shot from outside the left corner of the Vancouver 18-yard box. After scoring, Garcia took off his jersey to display t-shirt with a woman's picture on the front. After putting his jersey back on, he repeatedly lifted it to show her picture again, drawing a yellow card.