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MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Houston Dynamo


Rich Lam

The game in 100 words (or less): The Vancouver Whitecaps jumped up the standings to finish in second place in the Western Conference after a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. Scoreless at halftime, the Whitecaps tallied three times after the break as they end the season with 16 wins and 53 points. Thanks to their finish, Vancouver earns a bye in the first round of the playoffs, along with FC Dallas. For Houston, the Dynamo finish eighth in the West for the second straight season, nine points out of the playoff race.

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Three moments that mattered

52' -- Manneh opens the scoring for Vancouver -- Kekuta Manneh put the Whitecaps ahead with a good shot from distance. Manneh struck a low shot from outside the box that skipped off the turf and beat the keeper to the bottom corner.

72' -- Waston doubles the Whitecaps’ lead -- Kendall Waston made it 2-0 Vancouver as BC Place erupted in the 72nd minute. Waston crashed the box and powered in a perfectly timed header off a corner kick.

90'+3' -- Earnshaw caps off the night -- Robert Earnshaw came on as a late substitute to waste some time in the 92nd minute, and put the icing on the cake with a goal just moments later. One of the best 90 seconds he’ll play in his career.

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Man of the match: Kendall Waston

Goalscorers: Manneh (52'), Waston (72'), Earnshaw (90'+3')