VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Alphonso Davies scored one and set up another as the Whitecaps downed the Montreal Impact 2-1 in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal at BC Place.
Nicolas Mezquida had the other goal for Vancouver, while Spencer Richey stopped a second-half penalty.
David Choiniere replied for the Impact, who will feel good about their chances heading home for the second leg of the aggregate series next Tuesday in Montreal.
The 16-year-old Davies, who was born in Liberia and raised in Edmonton, had a spring in his step from the start, and opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a bit of a broken play.
Brek Shea’s pass to Mezquida from the right lagged behind his teammate, but rolled right to Davies, who calmly slotted home past onrushing Impact goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. The lanky midfielder then went from finisher to creator in the 33rd when he danced past three Montreal players with ease before Mezquida latched onto the loose ball in space and beat a helpless Crepeau.