VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kenny Miller scored on a penalty kick in the 58th minute, leading the unbeaten Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Jordan Harvey had Vancouver’s first goal in the 14th minute in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium. The Whitecaps improved to 2-0-2.
“I don’t think you could ask for much more (to start the season),” Miller said.
Miller rolled his spot kick into the right corner of the net, lifting the Whitecaps to a 2-0 lead. Ricardo Clark responded for Houston in the 75th minute, but that was all the scoring for the Dynamo (2-1-0).
Miller had to re-take his crucial kick because teammate Darren Mattocks was still in the 18-yard box when he put the ball into the net.
“It was a little tougher when you’ve scored the first one, and it’s easy after a miss,” Miller said. “But sometimes that happens. It was a little bit of encroachment there. Sometimes, the referees don’t make you take it again. But I was fortunate enough to put it in.”
The penalty kick was awarded after Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie was called for a hand ball in the box in the 56th minute.
Harvey gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead when he bounced Andy O’Brien’s header past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. The play originated off a long cross from the left flank by Pedro Morales.
“I like to think I can contribute, not just with assists and things like that,” O’Brien said. “But I’m pleased that I could contribute on the goal.”
After assisting on the goal, O’Brien made several timely defensive plays.