Amway Canadian Championship
Semi Final Second Leg
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC Edmonton 0 (5-2 on aggregate)
FC Edmonton’s Amway Canadian Championship dreams ended in defeat on Wednesday night as the NASL side bowed out of the competition after a 2-0 loss away to the Vancouver Whitecaps, going down 5-2 on aggregate.
The Eddies headed west in an optimistic mood having led 2-1 until the final ten minutes of their 3-2 home defeat to the MLS side a week ago.
But a long range strike from substitute Corey Hertzog after 58 minutes and a Shaun Saiko own goal nine minutes later saw off Edmonton who also lost Adrian LeRoy, sent off only six minutes into the second half.
"Vancouver played well and put us under pressure, but I'm proud of the (young) players and there are many positives to come out of this performance," said coach Colin Miller. "The future looks bright for FC Edmonton."
Darren Mattocks had the best chance of a goalless first half for Vancouver with a finish on the end of a Gershon Koffie through ball that struck the post with 30 minutes played. Tommy Heinemann had a couple of early chances for the Whitecaps andCamilo Sanvezzo also steered a shot just wide before FC Edmonton pressed in reply.
Robert Garrett missed the target and Chris Nurse saw a header from the centre of the go close from a corner.
Sanvezzo had a left footed shot is saved low by Lance Parker and Koffie went close with a shot that just cleared the far post as Vancouver threatened.
Two minutes before the break, Nurse split the home defense with a through ball that Michael Cox was unable to reach and the Eddies remained frustrated in their attempt to overhaul the aggregate deficit.
Sanvezzo went close with a 35-yard free kick to after the restart, but then six minutes into the second half, Vancouver substitute Hertzog was taken down on the edge of the penalty area by LeRoy, who was shown a red card for the foul.
After 58 minutes, Hertzog continued to have an impact on the game when his strike from distance beat Parker. An own goal by Saiko with 67 minutes played put paid to any hopes of an FC Edmonton comeback and the Edmonton midfielder was denied a consolation goal by Brad Knighton six minutes from time.
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