Eric Hassli has been enjoying some home cooking thanks to Swiss teammate Davide Chiumiento’s visiting mother.
Yesterday, the big French striker feasted on the Chicago Fire by scoring two goals in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 4-2 victory in MLS action.
After his second goal, off a rebound from a Camilo free kick, Chiumiento and Hassli joined in a celebration.
“That was for her,” Hassli said of Chiumiento’s mom. “She’s amazing.”
Hassli got the Whitecaps off to a quick start with a goal in the first minute, then missed a penalty before giving Vancouver a 4-1 cushion.
While the Whitecaps scored four times for the first time since their victory over Toronto FC in their first game of the season, their focus for this win was on defence.
“The whole team played really hard,” Hassli said through an interpreter.
“We worked hard all week. The first objective was to work together.”
Gershon Koffie, with his first MLS goal, and Camilo with his seventh of the season after turning on two defenders, were the other Vancouver scorers.
Koffie’s goal came in the 24th minute and was a quick answer to Dominic Oduro’s effort that tied the game 1-1. Second-half substitute Orr Barouch was the other Chicago scorer.
Vancouver’s third victory of the season ended a six-game winless streak dating back to June 18, while Chicago now has two losses and six ties in their last eight games.
The Whitecaps, 3-11-9, are last in the Western Conference while Chicago, 2-7-13, which last won on June 12, are the Eastern Conference doormats.
The expansion Whitecaps were coming off their worst loss of the season, a 4-0 home defeat to the LA Galaxy on July 30. They put that disappointment behind them quickly when they took an early lead against the Fire before 18,714 fans.