VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Victor Vazquez and Jozy Altidore scored in the second half after Whitecaps midfielder Brek Shea was shown a red card, and Toronto beat Vancouver 2-0 on Saturday for its first victory of 2017.
Shea was given a yellow for a foul on Nick Hagglund in the 70th minute before saying something to referee Ismail Elfath to immediately earn a second booking and a sending off.
Vazquez, a cagey midfielder who signed with Toronto last month, subbed on in the 64th minute and made the hosts pay in the 76th when he nodded his first goal for his new club off a headed feed from Altidore past Spencer Richey.
Altidore made it 2-0 in the 80th minute after taking a pass and beating Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston before burying his second goal of the season.
Playing a third straight road game, Toronto (1-0-2) opened its schedule with a scoreless tie against Real Salt Lake before a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union last weekend.
Vancouver (0-2-1), meanwhile, is winless through three games after falling 3-2 at the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday and playing the Union to a 0-0 draw at home in its opener at B.C. Place Stadium.
Both teams were missing key pieces for their only league meeting, with Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted suspended and star Toronto striker Sebastian Giovinco out with a charley horse.