Losing streak ends - finally

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The slump is over.

Vancouver Whitecaps' captain Jeff Clarke scored in the 69th minute Saturday to beat the Charleston Battery 1-0 at Swangard Stadium.

Clarke's goal, a six-yard, one-touch blast beyond goalkeeper Dusty Hudock, was all the Whitecaps needed to end a club record 12-game winless streak. Vancouver went 0-5-7 after beating Miami FC 1-0 on June 22.

Jason McLaughlin assisted Clarke's goal, two minutes after replacing Josh Hansen. Hansen remains goalless as a Whitecap. He was one of several July acquisitions who were supposed to help solve the team's lack of finish.

The 8-7-10, seventh- place Whitecaps return to action Thursday when the Minnesota Thunder visit.


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