Vancouver and Toronto faced of in what was being billed the battle of the north at a 1pm game in BC Place this afternoon.  The battle of the frozen north would have been a better description, as the stadium was freezing due to the roof being unexpectedly open, a bold move given the winter we have had this year.

As it turned out the frigid ( for Vancouver ) temperature seemed to benefit the visitors, who had the most of the ball through out the game.  In fact neither team created any significant number of chances, and the game really only came to life after Brek Shea’2 70th minute sending off.  This was a result of a double yellow card, initially for a foul against Hagglund, but then for being mouthy to the ref.

Barely five minutes later Toronto had taken the lead through a Victor Vazquez header, and then four minutes later this was followed by a strike from Jozy Altidore.

Hopefully this was just a post CONCACAF Champions League hangover and the caps can return to winning ways on April 1 against LA Galaxy.

Highlights below.

Despite a late goal from Nicolas Mezquida, the Whitecaps were generally outfought in a entertaining battle with San Jose.  The sell out crowd of 22,120 saw the visitors take an early lead through a controversial goal from Quincy Amarikwa.  While the home side did generate a number of chances towards the end of the half, they went into the break  on a 1-0 deficit.

The second half started with the same pace as the first and again San Jose profited with a great strike from Simon Dawkins finding the back of the net in the 60th minute.

The whitecaps largely dominated in the latter stages of the game, coming close a number of times.  The late strike by Mezquida, coming 4 minutes into added time was however too little too late to earn the home team any points.

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