Forget the perfect ten, Vancouver Whitecaps are the perfect dozen. Four Champions League group games, four straight wins, a maximum 12 points, ten goals scored, and a final goal differential of +8.
All in all it’s been a great campaign, with our minds taken off a miserable MLS season for the briefest of moments.
The ‘Caps wrapped their group games up with a dominant 4-1 win over Central FC. Cristian Techera was on fire again, scoring twice and providing assists for Blas Perez and Masato Kudo to score.
Where has that form been all year?!
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].
A good looking Whitecaps starting XI
Not so sure you can describe these shirts as good looking – there was some debate
11 minutes in and the ball breaks to an open Blas Perez in the box after some good hustle from Cristian Techera and Masato Kudo
And the Panamanian is never going to miss a chance like that. 1-0 Whitecaps
Break out the horns
Perez is in the action again as he breaks into the box midway through the first half
But is sent clattering to the ground for a penalty
Which Cristian Techera cheekily dinks home for 2-0
Kenwyne Jones gives Sean De Silva some free kick advice
Which clearly works as he lasers it home for 2-1 at half time
But the ‘Caps are right back at it at the start of the second half as Cristian Techera plays a dangerous ball into the box
Which Masato Kudo puts away nicely for 3-1 Vancouver
A rare goal these days for the Japanese striker
Techera is just busy all round as he tries to poke the ball through the Central keeper’s legs
Which he does and Blas Perez then buries it in the back of the net, but it’s called back for offside against the Panamanian
But Techera won’t be denied and grabs his second, and Vancouver’s fourth and final tally, in the 70th minute
Kyle Greig nearly grabs a dream first team goal but is thwarted by the keeper
And it finishes 4-1 for a perfect 12 points out of 12. Not a bad group campaign, now bring on the quarter-finals!
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: