VANCOUVER — Brian White had three targets and the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes grew brighter Saturday with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in Vancouver.
The American striker scored within the twenty sixth, 59th and 73rd minutes to tally his first profession hat trick.
Deiber Caicedo notched an help on White’s second aim of the evening and Ryan Gauld was credited with the helper on his third.
Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau had 5 saves to gather his third-straight clear sheet for the Whitecaps.
JT Marcinkowski stopped 3-of-6 on-target photographs for the Earthquakes (8-11-9).
The victory offers the ‘Caps a 9-8-10 file on the season with seven video games left to play. Vancouver presently sits a single level beneath the playoff bar.
The consequence additionally put a long way between the Whitecaps and Quakes within the desk, with San Jose now 4 factors behind Vancouver as six totally different golf equipment battle for the final three post-season berths within the Western Convention.
San Jose maintained 59.8 per cent of the possession throughout the primary half, however the ‘Caps managed a lot of the play, outshooting the visiting aspect 17-11, and 6-5 in photographs on track.
White’s third aim of the evening got here off a nook kick within the 73rd minute.
Gauld despatched a cross crusing into the field the place White used his head to rocket it into the bottom-right nook of the San Jose internet.
The aim was his ninth of the season, tying a career-high the 25-year-old set whereas enjoying for the New York Pink Bulls in 2019.
One other set play deep in Quakes territory gave the ‘Caps their second strike within the 59th minute.
Mario Lopez fouled Gauld, organising the kick simply outdoors the penalty space. Caicedo despatched a curling ball in and White leapt up from the gang to ship a header into the top-left nook of the web and put the Whitecaps up 2-0.
White’s first of the evening got here within the twenty sixth minute after he slipped a go to Gauld from the highest of the penalty space and the Scottish attacking midfielder went deep earlier than getting off a stable shot.
Marcinkowski made the cease however could not management the rebound and the ball popped out to White on the prime of the six-yard field and he tapped it in to place Vancouver up 1-0.
Gauld had a major alternative early within the recreation when midfielder Russell Teibert despatched him a ball in deep. Gauld blasted a left-footed shot from the best aspect of the six-yard field however Marcinkowski made the save.
Gauld, the ‘Caps latest designated participant, had three photographs within the first half alone, together with two of the staff’s three photographs on track.
The Quakes’ most promising probability of the primary half got here within the twenty eighth minute when Marco Lopez despatched a shot skimming over the Whitecaps’ internet following a nook kick.
Crepeau got here into the match driving a 242-minute shutout streak after incomes clear sheets in his final two outings.
There was some pushing and shoving within the 54th minute Saturday after the ‘Caps ‘keeper leapt up and plucked Nathan Cardoso’s shot out of the air. Vancouver defender Florian Jungwirth and San Jose’s Eric Remedi had been each proven the yellow card following the dust-up.
Whitecaps ahead Leonard Owusu was cautioned for a foul foul within the nineteenth minute after taking out Remedi within the midfield. Cardoso obtained a yellow within the 79th minute for a foul foul on Gauld and his teammate Shea Salinas obtained a warning for a foul foul in damage time.
The ‘Caps might be again in motion on Oct. 9 once they go to the Western Convention-leading Seattle Sounders. The Earthquakes are set to host LAFC on Oct. 16.
NOTES: Gamers from either side wore “Each Baby Issues” patches on their jerseys because the ‘Caps acknowledged Indigenous evening. … A crowd of 12,069 took within the recreation. … The Earthquakes got here into Saturday’s match unbeaten in eight street video games.