Whitecaps' Camilo scores three to earn Golden Boot 0
Oct 27, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo (7) celebrates his goal against Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin (31) (not pictured) during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 3-0. (Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Even though Sunday's game was the final one of a playoff-less season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, they sure know how to end it in style in front of a sold-out crowd at BC Place.
First and foremost, the 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids — a small form of revenge over the team that one week earlier eliminated them from post-season contention — was sweet. Camilo capped his tremendous season with a bang, scoring a hat trick to finish with 22 goals on the year and claiming the league's Golden Boot Award.
Then there's Y.P. Lee.
The Korean soccer legend played the final game of his illustrious 13-year professional career. And what a send-off the defender received, including being given the captain's armband for the match and a rousing ovation when he was subbed off in the 90th minute.
The 2013 campaign is over for Vancouver, finishing with a 13-12-9 record — their highest win total in franchise MLS history. Now starts an off-season of questions, most importantly with regards to the future of head coach Martin Rennie.
But then again, there's lots of time for that to play out.
Sunday, Camilo had two great chances in the first 15 minutes, both requiring big saves by Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin. He finally got one through, scoring on a penalty kick in the 43rd minute after Kekuta Manneh was taken down in the box.
With plenty of buzz every time he touched the ball, the Brazilian scored again in the 74th minute to secure the 2013 MLS scoring title and then winning it out-right with another marker in the 85th minute.
That was all the Whitecaps needed as their year comes to an end — out of the playoffs but full of promise for next season.
Note: Sam Adekugbe, a defender who came up through the club's residency program, made his debut with the Whitecaps.