Whitecaps tie lowly Thunder

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

BURNABY, B.C. -- Make it eleven for the slumping Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver extended its club record winless streak to 11 games Sunday night. The defending United Soccer Leagues' First Division champions tied the last-place Minnesota Thunder 1-1.

"As a team, we're expected to perform home or away," said Whitecaps' head coach Bob Lilley. "When we have this good a turnout for a game, there's no excuse for a lack of effort."

Whitecaps took an early lead before 5,017 fans at Swangard Stadium when Alfredo Valente scored in the eighth minute. Jason Jordan fed Valente the ball on a rush into the Minnesota penalty area.

Valente almost gave Vancouver another goal 30 minutes later, but his header off the crossbar bounced on the goal line.

Minnesota equalized in injury time on a corner kick. The ball was deflected toward Thunder's Kevin Friedland, but Whitecap Diaz Kambere was charged with an own goal.

Thunder almost took the lead in the 88th minute when Dale Weiler hit the Vancouver post.

"We knew what Minnesota was going to do tonight," said Whitecaps' captain Jeff Clarke. "They did exactly what was anticipated and we didn't deal with it."

Minnesota was playing its third game in four days on a Pacific Northwest road swing. Thunder tied the Portland Timbers 0-0 on Thursday and Seattle Sounders 2-2 on Saturday.

Whitecaps, who played to a scoreless Saturday tie with first-place Portland, are 0-4-7 since their last victory on June 22 against Miami FC.

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Impact on Aug. 18.


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