The Western Conference leaders headed to BC Place on Saturday night, but by the time the final whistle sounded, Houston Dynamo had been knocked off top spot, going down to a 2-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps.
The ‘Caps made it difficult for themselves after a Fredy Montero penalty and a Yordy Reyna wonderstrike had them two goals up and coasting by half time. Romell Quioto made it interesting six minutes after the restart, but Vancouver held on fairly comfortably to claim all three points, albeit without causing too much threat of their own.
Still, a massive won as the season gets down to crunch.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. 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].
Your Whitecaps starting XI
After a fairly uneventful start, Yordy Reyna was sent crashing in the box in the 16th minute
Referee Drew Fisher had no hesitation in pointing to the spot
Fredy Montero steps up
And sends Tyler Deric the wrong way to fire the ‘Caps into the lead with his 10th goal of the season
Romell Quioto came close to equalizing with a free kick but David Ousted kept him out
But the ‘Caps doubled their lead just past the half hour mark when Yordy Reyna made space for himself and fired an unstoppable shot past Deric
What a goal!
The ‘Caps pushed to kill the game off and although they came close they had to settle for a two goal lead at half time
Quioto pulls one back for the Dynamo in the 51st minute after some poor defensive play by the ‘Caps
Disappointing but not too costly
And a Vancouver victory was sealed
Jake Nerwinski does the Humba with Curva Collective
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: