Monday, March 9, 2009

Whitecaps Lose Tanzanian Trip Opener

Vancouver Whitecaps suffered a 3-0 defeat to Young Africans FC in the opening match of their historic trip to the United Republic of Tanzania on Monday.

Teitur Thordarson's side were forced to play nearly the entire match with ten men after winger Tyrell Burgess was sent off after just two minutes of the friendly contest at the 60,000-seat Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Young Africans, who are known locally as Yanga, took advantage of the extra man, as they scored twice just before halftime before sealing the win with a third goal midway through the second half.

The Whitecaps will look to rebound from Monday's defeat when they meet Yanga's arch-rivals in fellow Dar es Salaam-based outfit in Simba SC on Thursday. Thordarson's side will complete their three-match schedule when they take on Tanzania’s national team on Saturday.

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