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Kei Kamara has played almost 300 games in the Major League, and he's scored almost 100 goals, so when he speaks, it is with the voice of experience.
"He's good," Kamara said of Alphonso Davies, who set up Kamara's 99th tally, before adding his first. Together, they have a hundred league goals. "I watched him before I came to this [club and] I appreciate the way he plays."
"He's still a young boy. He did really well tonight."
Davies crossed the ball, virtually from the touchline, into the box, where Kamara headed it past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush in the 63rd minute. A mere seven minutes later, Cristian Techera fed him the ball after seeing Davies' supporting run. Bush got a piece of the ball, but not enough to keep it from rolling across the line.
"It was exciting," Davies said of his first league goal. "It was a big weight off my shoulders."
"It took a while."
If you were surprised to read that it was Davies' first league goal, you'll be forgiven. He's scored twice in the Champions League, twice in the Canadian Championship, three times for his country, twice in the United League, not that he spent much time there, but this was in fact his first goal in the Major League. It will not be his last.
Davies, who was born in Ghana before moving to Canada when he was 5, and Kamara, who was born in Sierra Leone before moving to the United States when he was 16, have quickly developed a bond, both on and off the field.
"We hit it off on the right foot," said Davies. "When he first came in, we got used to each other quickly. During training, we practise crossing and finishing all the time.
"I didn't hesitate when I saw him in the box to put it in there for him."
Kamara relishes the chance to mentor Davies. "I want to be an example for him," he said. "I want to be somebody he can learn from and see how I work. I do talk to him on and off the field."
"I don't want to put too much pressure on him, expect too much from him. That will make him crumble. Let him enjoy it."
Davies you'll remember is still only 17 years old. He won't even be able to have some celebratory champagne until, oh, the 2019 Major League Cup final.
Mindful of heaping too much praise on such a budding young talent, Whitecaps manager Robinson is careful with his praise.
"He's a good, young player," said Robinson. "There are very good young players all over. It's important [to] manage him correctly."
"He did his work today. We know he's got quality. It's about consistency. Young players go up and down. It's important to manage him correctly, but he's got himself off to a very good start."
Montreal's Matteo Mancosu pulled one back for the Impact in the 81st minute when he caught Aaron Maund out of position. His header beat Vancouver goalkeeper Stefan Marinović at the near post.
Mancosu almost levelled things four minutes later, but sent it wide.
Montreal manager Remi Garde said "I think the result is quite fair to be honest. In the middle of the [second] half, we had troubles. We didn't play well, and we conceded two goals."
"When you are two-nil down, it's difficult to come back. But I liked the character with which my team played. We came back, and we frightened the opponent until the end."
José Aja played no part in the match, but he was fit enough to be included in the eighteen. With any luck, he'll make his Whitecaps debut in Houston on Saturday.
While the 'Caps got the win, they didn't bury their chances. Cristian Techera, Yordy Reyna, and Kamara, each had the opportunity to open the scoring in the first half, but each of their efforts were either off target, or stopped by Bush.
Vancouver set a new record attendance for a home opener, with 27,837 taking in the 2-1 victory.
Felipe, who arrived on a red-eye flight from New York on Saturday, played the last fifteen minutes, and despite having every reason to be tired, he fit right in.
With Felipe, Efrain Juárez, and Reyna in the middle, and Kamara, Davies, and Anthony Blondell, another late substitute, up top, Vancouver looks poised to make a big leap this year.
The 'Caps head to Houston, who scorched Atlanta United for four on Saturday, before heading to Georgia themselves. They won't be back at BC Place until March 24th, when they host Los Angeles Galaxy, who beat Portland Timbers 2-1 in their home opener.