Forward Quincy Amarikwa tallied his third goal in three matches since joining San Jose and midfielder Marc Pelosi made his MLS debut, entering the match as a second-half substitute and logging 20 minutes.
The match also saw the return of leading-scorer forward Chris Wondolowski and versatile midfielder Cordell Cato returning to the Earthquakes starting XI. Both players were with their respective national teams at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and haven't suited up for the Quakes in an MLS match since they each found the back of the net in the team's 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on June 27. Wondolowski started and played 60 minutes in the United States' third-place game in Pennsylvania just one day prior.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. A deflected ball rolled to midfielder Mauro Rosales at the top of the penalty area and his left-footed shot snuck past Quakes keeper David Bingham.
The Earthquakes were forced to use an early substitution when three-time MLS Team of the Week selection defender Clarence Goodson exited with an injury in the 13th minute.
Whitecaps FC found the net again in the 32nd minute. Defender Kendall Waston headed home a Rosales corner kick to extend the home side's lead to 2-0 and an Octavio Rivero penalty kick later gave Vancouver its third goal in the 56th minute.
San Jose was able to find a goal late, as Amarikwa blasted a shot into the back of the net in the 90th minute off a feed by midfielder Shea Salinas. Amarikwa has now scored three goals in the last two matches, both of which were on the road.
The Earthquakes return to Avaya Stadium to take on the Portland Timbers on Sunday, August 2, presented by 7UP. The match begins at 2 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
July 26, 2015 - BC Place
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
On the current losing stretch:
"There are a couple of things, we're playing against good teams. We can't just say we should have won this game. Vancouver is a good team, LA is a good team, the Western Conference is stacked pretty high. We didn't start off the game particularly well and we were punished for it. We worked hard to get back into the game but it was too little, too late. Right now, we are playing well, but the results are going against us. We have to go back to basic stuff and just talk about it, look at our mistakes and go back to working hard."
On the Earthquakes' defensive performance:
"We were caught out of position a little bit. We were playing against good players, and at times we were playing a little bit too stretched."
On the outlook in the Western Conference for the remaining schedule:
"You could have asked me that in March and I would have told you the same thing. We are falling away from some teams, but we do have games in hand at home against some conference opponents, which we need to take advantage of to get ourselves closer. I think it will come down to the last few weekends as it normally does."
On Quincy Amarikwa's fit with the team:
"He's fit in great - three goals in three games. He's a threat, he's made a couple of looks in the games leading up to this, and tonight. He works hard and he takes a little bit of beating at times but he's played really well for us since he got here."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER MARC PELOSI
On his MLS debut:
"It is always hard coming in when you're down 3-0, but I think we did better in the second half. The first half was rough, you could see by the score line, but I think in the second half we did better as a team. We were attacking more and we had some more chances. We scored the goal which was a little reward but we obviously want to do better on these away games and try to get at least a point out of it."
On the difference from MLS and Europe:
"It's hard to judge, I think it's a little more physical because I was training with the first team but most of the games were with the under-21 league. You can see how big some of the guys are, and a lot more physical, probably a bit more in the air than I am used to. I can adjust to that easily and I will do that in the future."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On today's match:
"It's always tough to lose, this is always a tough place to play. I don't think we have won here since the conception of Whitecaps FC in MLS, so it's obviously very difficult and frustrating at the same time."
On making the appearance after playing the day before at the Gold Cup:
"I wanted to get with the guys. I wanted to move on and it's always kind of rejuvenating to get back with the group. I felt pretty good, a little tired but felt good. Obviously, it's a little frustrating more than anything. I was up on the East Coast at 3:30 a.m."
On the slow start for the Earthquakes:
"It's one of these things where it can be fickle sometimes. It's one of those things where we aren't always getting the bounces. I think we had one and it went off the crossbar and I can't tell but I thought it was in. I'm biased. We aren't really getting the bounces. When you don't in this league and you play against good teams and don't come prepared, you end up losing 3-1."