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VANCOUVER - Long Tans hard work finally paid off Wednesday night. cheap nfl jerseys . Tans first Major League Soccer goal gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-1 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday. "Its my first goal in MLS, so Im very happy," said Tan, the first and only Chinese-born MLS player. "Ill remember today. We feel good." Tan, a 23-year-old from Dalian, a major southern seaport in Chinas Liaoning province, has spent most of the season battling to get in the lineup, let alone start. He helped the expansion Whitecaps, long since eliminated from the playoffs, post their second straight victory. They improved to 6-16-10 with two games remaining in their first MLS season. D.C. (9-11-11) suffered its third consecutive loss and saw its wild card playoff chances reduced with three games remaining. "You want to finish the season proud of something," said Vancouver coach Tommy Soehn. "Weve put together two results now and performances that we feel like were competing." Tan put the Whitecaps ahead 2-0 in the 47th minute as he headed in Alain Rochats cross. "Hes put a lot of work into the last two games and I was really happy for him," said Soehn. "You could see the excitement in his eyes when he scored. Hes earned it. Hes given us a lot of life out there and competes hard." Camilo scored in the first minute for the Whitecaps while Brandon McDonald replied in the 58th for United. D.C. coach Ben Olsen was upset that his club allowed the Whitecaps to score in the first minute of each half. "Obviously, its pretty much an unacceptable performance from the men," said Olsen. "To give up two goals that quickly at the start at the start of halves is something that you preach (against). It comes down to concentration. It comes down to starting the right way." Soehn elected to go with strikers Camilo and Tan again after they were effective in a 3-0 win over an undermanned Salt Lake squad a week earlier. Consequently, star striker Eric Hassli, returning from a one-game suspension for receiving eight yellow cards on the season, started the game on the bench before replacing Tan in the second half. The tandem of Camilo and Tan paid off right away. With the game barely begun, Tan fed Camilo in the box and the Brazilian beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid with a low shot just inside the post from about six yards out. It was Camilos 12th goal of the season and moved him into a share of second place in league scoring. After Tan put the Caps ahead 2-0, McDonald brought United back within a goal as he headed in second-half substitute Santino Quarantas free kick. D.C. pressed late in the game, but could not produce the equalizer. Olsen said his club should have played with the same desperation from the start. "We deserved to lose this game," he said. United closed out its road schedule with a 5-8-4 mark away from the U.S. capital. D.C. will finish off the season at home against Chicago, Portland and Columbus -- the three teams it is battling for a playoff berth. "Its pretty clear now what we have to do," said Olsen. "So thats a positive -- if you think winning three games in a row is a positive." The Whitecaps will play their final road game at Dallas on Saturday and then wrap up their first season at home against Colorado on Oct. 22. D.C. played without top scorer Dwayne De Rosario, who did not make the trip west after playing for Canada in a World Cup qualifying match Tuesday in Toronto against Puerto Rico. The 33-year-old from Toronto avoided a rare hat-trick which would have seen him play for three different teams in Vancouver this season after trades from Toronto FC to New York in April and then D.C. in June. Noting he did not want to fly De Rosario and risk an injury, Olsen insisted his club still had enough "manpower" to win the game -- but did not perform. Meanwhile, Whitecaps co-owner Steve Nash spoke to reporters at half-time and called for the Whitecaps to show better results next season. "I think weve got to improve our roster," said Nash. He said the club could use more quality and depth after trying to build an expansion team "on the fly." "We feel proud for our guys, but theres not a team in this league that you can say isnt trying to improve their roster," said Nash, declining to say where improvement is needed. The NBA star added everyone in Vancouvers front officeis excited about the pending arrival of new coach Martin Rennie and looks forward to him putting his mark on the club. "Weve chosen a direction and were excited to see him come in and create his own culture and a winning atmosphere," said Nash. On Wednesday, the Caps did their best to make sure Rennies roster decisions are difficult. Notes: Usual Vancouver starting Swiss midfielder Davide Chiumiento was scratched after falling out of favour with coach Soehn. Chiumiento, one of Vancouvers highest-paid players, had watched the win over Real Salt Lake in uniform from the bench. ... In addition to De Rosario, D.C. was missing injured midfielders Branko Boskovic (knee) Chris Pontius (fractured tibia), and defenders Jed Zayner (knee) and Dejan Jakovic (hamstring). ... Vancouver played without striker Atiba Harris (knee) who has missed most of the season but is considered close to being ready to play. The Whitecaps were also without defender Jonathan Leathers (hamstring), midfieder Russell Teibert (toe) and third-string goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre (knee). cheap jerseys . It was his right arm, though, that gave the New York Yankees so much trouble. Verlander matched a career high with 14 strikeouts and got home-run support from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, leading the Detroit Tigers over New York 7-2 Monday night. wholesale nfl jerseys . Gut convincingly won the season-opening womens World Cup giant slalom Saturday for her fourth career victory -- but first in the discipline -- with a dominant performance that sent a message to her rivals less than four months ahead of the Sochi Olympics.SEATTLE -- Brad Evans made sure not to get too far ahead of himself -- and moments later it paid off. Evans blasted in a hard shot late in the 28th minute on Wednesday night, and Eddie Johnson added an insurance goal during second-half stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference knockout playoff game on Wednesday night. The No. 4 seeded Sounders (16-12-7) limped into the post-season on a seven-game winless streak, but advanced to face the No. 1 Portland Timbers in the two-leg, aggregate-goals West semifinals. The first game will be Saturday in Seattle. The No. 5-seeded Rapids finished the season 14-12-9. Colorado lost its last four road games of the year, all by shutout. Evans got his scoring chance when Colorados German Mera headed a cross out of the penalty area. Evans settled it at the top right of the box, took two dribbles in and ripped a hard shot to the back left corner. It was his fifth goal of the season and his second career playoff goal. "It was just the right place at the right time," Evans said. "In some cases, I tend to over-run things a little bit. But this time, I kind of held back and put the brakes on and waited for the play to develop a little bit. Thats why I was able to get in a good position and get a good touch and a good strike on goal." Evans previous post-season goal came in 2008 when he and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid helped Columbus win the MLS Cup before both migrated to the then-expansion Sounders in 2009. Johnson sealed it midway through the third of five minutes of stoppage time when he deked around Mera and beat Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin to the back left corner for his 10th goal of the year. The Sounders played the final three minutes of regulation and five minutes of stoppage time a man down after goalkeeper Michael Gspurning was red-carded for handling the ball outside the penalty area. cheap jerseys from china. Colorados Drew Moor had sent a long ball toward the box, and Gspurning was at least a yard outside when he reached out and caught it. "He wanted to come out and head the ball, and realized it bounced too high for him to head it," Schmid said. "He thought he had jumped back into the box, then caught the ball outside the box. The referee (Silviu Petrescu) decided it was a red card." Gspurning, facing a one-game suspension, will be replaced by former U.S. national team and English Premier League star Marcus Hahnemann for Saturdays first leg against Portland. Hahnemann played the final few minutes Wednesday. Seattle had not won since a 2-0 shutout against Real Salt Lake in Seattle on Sept. 13, going 0-4-3 in its final seven regular-season games. "For us to win a game is just a good feeling," Schmid said. "Its a win over a team that embarrassed us last time (5-1 in Colorado on Oct. 5). Its not just a win, its the way we played. I thought we played well. Its not where we were hanging on and scrapping to get by. From that standpoint, it means a little more than just a win." Colorados best chance came late in the 57th minute when Deshorn Brown sent a shot from just inside the box on the left side curling toward the far post. Gspurning came out to knock it away and preserve the shutout. "It was disappointing, but Im certainly proud of the boys for leaving it all out on the field," Moor said. "I wish we would have started off a little brighter. (It was) a playoff game -- its different. If we start the game the way we finish the second half, I think we give ourselves a little better chance." ' ' '
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