Kei Kamara scored twice and registering his sixth goal of the season to help the Whitecaps beat visiting Orlando City 5-2 at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.
The Sierra Leone native, who skippered his side for the first time in his MLS career, opened the scoring in the 36th-minute assisted by Alphonso Davies cross via the left flank.
The visitors levelled the score-line in the 64th minutes, a goal from Sacha Klještan before Davies, 17, netted the go-ahead tally 2-1 that reinstated the Whitecaps lead in the 76th minute.
Kamara added the insurance goal for his second from the penalty spot in the 85th minute after Reyna was brought down inside the Orlando box.
Yordy Reyna and Nicolás Mezquida each on target with a goal apiece for the ‘home team, whose five goals tied their club MLS record for most in a single match.
City’s Dom Dwyer came on late to score from close range, making the final tally 5-2.
Kamara and the Whitecaps will have a two-week break for the FIFA World Cup.
Their next MLS contest will be against Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday, June 23.
FINAL SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 5 Orlando City 2
VANCOUVER: Brian Rowe; Jake Nerwinski, José Aja, Doneil Henry, Brek Shea; Cristian Techera (Nicolás Mezquida 74), Aly Ghazal (Jordon Mutch 74), Felipe, Alphonso Davies; Kei Kamara, Yordy Reyna (Russell Teibert 88)
[Substitutes not used: Sean Melvin, Sean Franklin, Anthony Blondell, Aaron Maund]
ORLANDO: Joe Bendik; Will Johnson (RJ Allen 40), Chris Schuler, Amro Tarek, Mohamed El-Munir; Cristian Higuita (Dom Dwyer 64), Oriol Rosell; Chris Mueller, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram (Tony Rocha 60); Josué Colmán
[Substitutes not used: Earl Edwards Jr, Richie Laryea, Stéfano Pinho, Jose Villarrea]
Kamara’s first goal against Orlando City below.
We are not worthy.
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) June 9, 2018
Was such an honor to wear the armband for the first time in my MLS career (Even it was falling off 😛). What made it better, is getting 3pts. We all (the players, the front office and our fans) deserve this win before the break. Today was a fun day. #HeartShapedHands #VWFC pic.twitter.com/9wQHw1QWLI
— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) June 10, 2018
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