The boys were back in town and after coming away with a 1-0 win and attracting an impressive crowd, it won’t be long before they’re back again.
Canada’s men’s national team came to Vancouver for a World Cup qualifier for the first time since October 2004. A Cyle Larin goal, bundled in seven minutes before half time, was the difference in a hard fought victory over Honduras in front of 20,108 fans at BC Place.
The win got Canada’s quest for the Hex off to a perfect start. There’s still a lot of work to actually get there, but the signs look a lot more promising than previous campaigns. Maximum points from their home games is the key to success and they’ve kicked things off with three out of three.
Bring on Mexico to Vancouver in March, and don’t forget to leave the roof open.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
The Voyageurs are out in force in BC
And in amongst them is a familiar face in Karina LeBlanc
Flag tifo in full force
In Floro We Trust?
Canada’s starting XI
The enemy lines up
A moment of quiet reflection on the day’s atrocities in Paris
The pain of World Cup qualification is quick to appear!
Not much to choose between the teams early, but Julian de Guzman unleashes a screamer from the edge of the box
Which Noel Valladares does well to tip over
In the 38th minute, Will Johnson heads the ball towards goal, hitting off Cyle Larin on the deck and into the Honduran net
Okay, we’ll forget the Timbers part of him for now
Canada celebrate what proves to be the match winning goal
Johnson nearly makes it two in the 63rd minute but his free kick crashes off the right hand post
An impressive Honduran travelling support
As Honduras push for the equaliser, Milan Borjan makes a crucial late save
Then minutes later acts quickly to recover a spill and keep Canada’s lead secure
Another late scramble in Canada’s box but the good guys survive for the crucial 1-0 win
And you can see what it means to Borjan
And his Canadian teammates
Things you never thought you’d see at BC Place – Curva Collective’s head honcho hugging Portland’s Will Johnson!
Will Canada be back at BC Place in March? Floro says “Yeeeeeessssss”
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: