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Whitecaps rally to tie Chivas USA, 2-2

Erick Torres scores twice in the first half for Chivas, including a bicycle kick just inside the 18-yard box.

September 01, 2013|The Sports Network
  • Chivas USA's Erick Torres celebrates after scoring against the White Caps with a bicycle kick in the first half Sunday in Vancouver.
Chivas USA's Erick Torres celebrates after scoring against the White… (Darryl Dyck / Associated…)

Tommy Heinemann scored the equalizer in stoppage time on Sunday as the Vancouver Whitecaps battled back from two goals down to salvage a point with a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Sunday at BC Place.

Coming off an impressive 3-2 victory at home against the New York Red Bulls last week, the Goats got off the mark just three minutes into the game when Erick Torres corralled a poor defensive header by Vancouver's Andy O'Brien and volleyed it home with an outstanding bicycle kick from just inside the 18-yard box.

Chivas made it 2-0 in the 14th minute when midfielder Edgar Mejia whipped a cross into the box and Torres, who found himself alone in the area, nodded it into the bottom left corner.

Vancouver began its comeback bid four minutes after the hour mark when Gershon Koffie collected a poor clearance by Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and ripped a shot from 40 yards out that Kennedy tipped, but it slipped into the net to bring the hosts to within one.

The Whitecaps continued to attack in waves down the stretch and finally got the equalizer when Kekuta Manneh sent a deep cross into the area from the left flank. Erik Hurtado was there to head it back across the face of goal and Heinemann was left alone in front to easily knock it home.

The result puts an end to a two-match losing streak for Vancouver, and the club improves to 37 points, just two behind Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Chivas moves to 22 points on the campaign, last in the West. .

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