It’s been a strange MLS season for Vancouver Whitecaps so far. They’ve not been at their best and come away with three points and they’ve played well and come away with a draw or a defeat.
Saturday’s game fell into the latter category. Despite being down a man for 48 minutes, after Matias Laba was sent off, the Whitecaps played some strong, attacking football and took the game to DC for most of the second half. That said, they seldom troubled sub keeper Travis Worra.
When Pedro Morales opened the scoring just 70 seconds in, it looked like this could be the statement game the Whitecaps were looking for, but goals from Bobby Boswell and Chris Rolfe sent DC home with all three points.
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 Southsiders March to the Match
The Whitecaps Starting XI
The ‘Caps get fired up in their pre-match huddle
And it works as Pedro Morales gives Vancouver the lead after just 70 seconds
And the ‘Caps captain celebrates his first goal of the season
But a little too much as his topless celebration picks up a yellow card
Sam Adekugbe goes in for the ball against Perry Kitchen
But the DC players don’t like the tackle and Kitchen kicks out at young Sam
And a stramash ensues (Scottish word – look it up!!) – Don’t mess with big Kendall
Pa Modou Kah sends Kendall Waston away to calm down
Adekugbe picks up a yellow for the challenge and is one more away from suspension
DC tie it up in the 9th minute through a Bobby Boswell header
Boswell celebrates with Fabian Espindola
We wanted Steven Beitashour to get forward more – he does and he gets flattened by Andrew Dykstra
Michael Farfan chips a shot onto the roof of the net after a mistake by Kah lets DC in
The game’s turning point came in the 42nd minute when Matias Laba saw red after a second booking
Beitashour tries to boost the ‘Caps with some Vulcan mind meld on the ball
Chris Rolfe forces a huge save out of David Ousted in the 54th minute
But the ‘Caps go up the pitch and Mauro Rosales crashes a shot off the post
DC keeper Dykstra is injured in the play and has to be replaced by debutant Travis Worra
Rolfe fires home for what proves to be the winning goal in the 64th minute
Pedro gets a message – we can only speculate it was don’t shoot at free kicks
El Bicho makes his MLS debut for the ‘Caps
As the game enters stoppage time, Ousted becomes a makeshift striker at set pieces
Octavio Rivero has a chance to tie it up in time added on
Then Adekugbe wastes the ‘Caps last chance to grab a point with a fluffed shot
The coaches embrace after an entertaining game but sadly a Whitecaps loss
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: