HARRISON, N.J. - Kenny Miller helped the Vancouver Whitecaps finally open their account in the road win column.
Miller scored in the 83rd minute and the Whitecaps won their first away game this season, 2-1 over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls on Saturday.
“It is a relief. It was important for us to do that,” Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie said.
Vancouver is 1-4-1 away from BC Place this season. The Whitecaps are unbeaten in three straight and improved to 4-4-4 on the season.
“That was an important win for us,” Rennie said. “I don’t think our point totals (match the quality of) our play.”
Miller slipped behind New York defender Kosuke Kimura, who was eyeing midfielder Russell Teibert outside the penalty area. Teibert spied Miller, who outmuscled Kimura to the ball for his third of the season.
"(Miller) had been looking for that ball all game long," Teibert said. "Fantastic finish."
Even though Miller’s goal decided the game, it was the play of goalkeeper Brad Knighton and the back four who kept the Whitecaps in the match.
Facing the MLS’ best offensive attack, Knighton yielded just teammate’s Greg Klazura own goal in 13 shots. Klazura deflected New York midfielder Jonathan Steele’s crossing shot into the goal in the 51st minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead.
“They’re a lethal attack. We managed it very well,” said Knighton.
Especially in the first half. New York, which entered the game unbeaten in its last seven, levelled six shots at Knighton while controlling the ball for nearly 71 per cent of the half.
Knighton’s biggest save came on Peguy Luyindula in the 94th minute. The New York forward split two defenders in injury time and blasted a drive into Knighton’s midsection. A few seconds later, the game was over and the Whitecaps were celebrating their first road win of the season.
“They’re lethal right to the end,” Knighton said. “It was a sigh of relief.”
Jordan Harvey equalized seven minutes after Klazura’s own goal. New York midfielder Eric Alexander headed Y.P. Lee’s cross into the box and Harvey ripped a left-footed drive that Luis Robles did not have a chance to stop to tie the game at 1-1.
“It felt great,” Harvey said. “It’s a goal. It’s a boost for the team.”
“It builds everything. Great team effort. We’re missing some guys (but the win) shows we have a deep team.”
Notes: Vancouver improved to 1-0-3 against the Red Bulls in four all-time matchups. The announced attendance was 19,969. ... The Whitecaps were shorthanded as defender Jay Demerit (torn left Achilles), defender Brad Rusin (strained left calf) and midfielder Omar Salgado (fractured fifth metatarsal in the right foot) did not play due to injuries, while midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker was suspended for the game.
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