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.
The assist was the first MLS point for O Brien, who joined the Whitecaps midway through the 2012 season. Harvey s goal came two minutes after Mattocks volleyed a Miller cross just over the crossbar.
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.