Vancouver Whitecaps v DC United  – The Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v DC United – The Story In Pictures

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].


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The Southsiders March to the Match

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The Whitecaps Starting XI

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The ‘Caps get fired up in their pre-match huddle

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And it works as Pedro Morales gives Vancouver the lead after just 70 seconds

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And the ‘Caps captain celebrates his first goal of the season

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But a little too much as his topless celebration picks up a yellow card

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Sam Adekugbe goes in for the ball against Perry Kitchen

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But the DC players don’t like the tackle and Kitchen kicks out at young Sam

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And a stramash ensues (Scottish word – look it up!!) – Don’t mess with big Kendall

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Pa Modou Kah sends Kendall Waston away to calm down

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Adekugbe picks up a yellow for the challenge and is one more away from suspension

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DC tie it up in the 9th minute through a Bobby Boswell header

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Boswell celebrates with Fabian Espindola

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We wanted Steven Beitashour to get forward more – he does and he gets flattened by Andrew Dykstra

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Michael Farfan chips a shot onto the roof of the net after a mistake by Kah lets DC in

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The game’s turning point came in the 42nd minute when Matias Laba saw red after a second booking

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Beitashour tries to boost the ‘Caps with some Vulcan mind meld on the ball

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Chris Rolfe forces a huge save out of David Ousted in the 54th minute

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But the ‘Caps go up the pitch and Mauro Rosales crashes a shot off the post

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DC keeper Dykstra is injured in the play and has to be replaced by debutant Travis Worra

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Rolfe fires home for what proves to be the winning goal in the 64th minute

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Booooooooooooo!

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Pedro gets a message – we can only speculate it was don’t shoot at free kicks

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El Bicho makes his MLS debut for the ‘Caps

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As the game enters stoppage time, Ousted becomes a makeshift striker at set pieces

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Octavio Rivero has a chance to tie it up in time added on

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Then Adekugbe wastes the ‘Caps last chance to grab a point with a fluffed shot

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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:

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