VANCOUVER — It was all about #FarewellPhonzie Sunday in Vancouver as Alphonso Davies played his final match for the Whitecaps against the Portland Timbers in front of an announced 25,348 fans at BC Place.
And the teenage sensation was given a proper send off. He scored both of his team’s goals in the 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers and was given a round of applause in the 67th minute.
The Whitecaps started the match well. Ten minutes in, Doneil Henry got on the end of a corner kick and Portland’s Jeff Attinella barely kept the header out.
Four minutes later in the 14th minute, Davies cut in from the right and played a perfect low pass to Yordy Reyna. The Peruvian striker was completely left alone but skied his effort.
Then in the 29th minute, Davies had his big moment. The attacking midfielder won the ball in midfield and easily slalomed through Portland’s defense before scoring his seventh goal of the season.
That was not enough, however.
In the 32nd minute, the phenom was at it again. Reyna’s cross from the right was poorly taken care off by Portland defender Bill Poni Tuiloma, and with the ball falling right to Davies’ feet, the 17-year-old had no problem scoring his second of the game and his eighth of the season.
The Whitecaps were in full control heading into halftime.
Within moments of the second half, Portland almost got back in it. In the 47th minute, Julio Cascante got on the end of a Marco Farfan cross and his header missed Stefan Marinovic’s goal by just a whisker.
But the Whitecaps quickly took control of the proceedings once again. In the 59th minute, it should have been 3-0 for the Caps. Reyna feathered a ball in the box that found Kei Kamara unmarked. Kamara’s header, however, was tipped around the far post by an outstretched Attinella.
It was all Whitecaps at this stage of the game. In the 69th minute, Reyna was allowed too much space by Portland’s defense, which had been rather passive all night, and his curled effort from 18 yards hit the crossbar.
In the 77th minute, Davies broke through on the right flank and it took two Portland defenders and goalkeeper Attinella to separate him from the ball. Then in the 80th minute, Davies was sprung lose in the attacking third and it was only thanks to Farfan — who took the ball of the Whitecaps’ forward at the last moment — that the Caps had not scored more at that point.
Davies was then taken off in the 87th minute, receiving yet another standing ovation. In his stead, Simon Colyn came on to make his MLS debut. Right away, the 16-year-old was sprung into action going one-versus-one with Attinella but missing the target in what would have been a dream debut.
Instead, Portland got a late consolation goal. Andrés Flores scored in the 90th minute with a close-range header. It was, however, too little too late for the Timbers.
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-1-4-1)
Marinovic – Levis, Henry, Waston, Nerwinski – Ghazal – Davies (Colyn, 87′), Mutch (Felipe, 63′), Teibert, Reyna (Mezquida, 78′) – Kamara
Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1)
Attinella – Farfan, Tuiloma, Cascante, Powell – Olum, Paredes (Blanco, 75′) – Flores, Melano (Ebobisse, 80′), Asprilla – Armenteros (Polo, 66′)