The Uruguayan connection came to the fore once again as Octavio Rivero and Cristian Techera combined to give Vancouver Whitecaps a crucial 2-0 win over Colorado Rapids and three points that took them back to the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.
The first half was a dire affair, with the Rapids happy to slow the game down and look to get something going on the counter. But the Whitecaps finally got the breakthrough in the 73rd minute when Rivero headed home his 10th MLS goal of the season and when Techera added the second four minutes later, it was down a fast flowing shit creek without a paddle for the Rapids.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the Colorado 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].
Ready for battle…..
The ‘Caps starting XI
Colorado try to get Vancouver’s South American vibe by dressing like Colombia
The Dali ‘tache needs to come back
Cristian Techera is nearly played in but Clint Irwin is out quick in a first have devoid of action
Octavio Rivero goes down a bit too dramatically and a bit too easily for the referee’s liking
Half time sub Kianz Froese sees his shot deflected wide
Meanwhile Colorado sub Kevin Doyle brings a goal-line save out of David Ousted
Shoes off if you love smelly feet, er, the ‘Caps
Finally in the 73rd minute, Rivero beats the offside trap to get his head onto Techera’s lobbed pass into the box
And Rivero grabs his 10th MLS goal of the season, to the joy and relief of everyone
One for the ladies. And gentlemen. Well, everyone really
The Uruguayans celebrate
Four minutes later, the ball breaks to Techera in the box who composes himself and fires home the second with ease
Love is The Bug
You can see what the goal and the win means to the players in this special season
Techera’s boots will soon be worn out with shines at this rate
Clint Irwin forgets he’s actually allowed to use his hands
Things get feisty towards the end after a cheap shot on Techera
Octavio does the postgame Humba with Curva Collective
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: