Whitecaps squander lead as Minnesota United earns victory behind 2nd-half surge

The Vancouver Whitecaps gave up three second-half goals to visiting Minnesota United, who battled back from a 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 win in Major League Soccer on Friday.

Lucas Cavallini scores lone goal for Vancouver in loss

Minnesota United's Luis Amarilla, left, celebrates his goal in the 84th minute of a 3-1 win over the Whitecaps on Friday in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The Vancouver Whitecaps gave up three second-half goals to visiting Minnesota United, who battled back from a 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 win in Major League Soccer on Friday in Vancouver.

Striker Luis Amarilla gave Minnesota the lead in the 84th minute with a hard shot from outside the top of the box at B.C. Place Stadium.

Defender Kemar Lawrence tied the match 1-1 in the 71st minute when he took a looping pass from midfielder D. J. Taylor and drilled a shot past Whitecaps goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

It was the first goal the Whitecaps had allowed in 342 minutes of MLS play.

Midfielder Franco Fragapane made it 3-1 in the 88th minute when he chipped a shot over Cropper after two Whitecaps had collided in front of the net.

Second half substitute Lucas Cavallini scored in the 63rd minute to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

WATCH | Amarilla seals Minnesota win over Whitecaps:

Amarilla seals Minnesota's comeback win over Whitecaps

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Luis Amarilla's strike in the 84th minute was the winner in United FC's 3-1 victory over Vancouver.

The Whitecaps (7-9-3) saw their three-game unbeaten string (2-0-1) snapped. Minnesota United (8-8-3) won a third straight game.

The win moved Minnesota into fifth in the Western Conference with 27 points.

Vancouver remained ninth in the West with 24 points, three points out of the seventh and final playoff spot.

Cavallini had the crowd of 14,201 on their feet when he headed a pass from Pedro Vite past outstretched Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.

The goal came just a few minutes after midfielder Ryan Gauld had blasted a shot that went off St. Clair's fingers and the post.

The Whitecaps challenged in the 14th when Vite lobed a ball into the box. Diving striker Cristian Dajome chipped a shot toward the net, but St. Clair was able to scoop up the ball.

Minnesota's best first-half chance came in the 45th minute when midfielder Wil Trapp launched a right-footed shot from distance that Cropper stopped.

Early in the second half, Gauld blasted a shot just wide of the Minnesota net.


Jim has written about sports in Canada for more than 40 years for The Canadian Press, CBC Sports, and Swimming Canada. He has covered eight Olympic Games and three Paralympics. He was there the night the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup and has covered 12 Grey Cups.

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