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COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded a five-save shutout to help Whitecaps FC claim a 1-0 victory against Central FC on Tuesday night in the club’s opening game of the CONCACAF Champions League at Ato Boldon Stadium.
WFC2’s Brett Levis also recorded an assist on Christian Techera’s goal, while Kyle Greig also saw action in the second half as Vancouver earned an important road win to open Group C play in the tournament.
Named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday after setting a WFC2 record with nine saves in the club’s 1-1 draw with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC last Friday night, Richey put in a fine performance in his debut for the MLS side. His five saves all came in the first half, and included a diving save just before halftime from former PDL player Leston Paul that was then cleared to safety by defender David Edgar.
Levis also made the start for the Whitecaps, after scoring his fourth goal of the season for WFC2 in last Friday’s game in Colorado Springs. The left back helped set up the only goal of the game, as his pass found Erik Hurtato down the left flank, and Hurtado’s cross was tucked away a good volley from close range.
In addition to the three WFC2 players who appeared on Tuesday night, former youngest signing in USL history Alphonso Davies also came on as a second-half substitute. Named as the No. 8 player in the USL 20 Under 20 series last week, Davies is believed to now be the youngest player to have appeared in the CONCACAF Champions League, and he came close to finding the net with a powerful header that was saved by Central goalkeeper Nathanial Garcia.
The win was Vancouver’s first on the road in the Champions League in the club’s history. The Whitecaps will next host Sporting Kansas City on August 23 at B.C. Place.