When you don’t get one shot on target in a game that your coach described as “the most important game of the season”, that says it all.
Vancouver Whitecaps had their chances. They had their shot, 12 of them. Unfortunately seven of them fell to Erik Hurtado, who it’s safe to say didn’t have the best afternoon at the office, leaving him “distraught” and in tears after the match.
The difference between the two teams was Bradley Wright-Phillips 50th minute strike. In reality, the difference was one team had an actual proven striker. The Whitecaps can only dream about having that.
It was horrible and poor 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].
It’s all fun and games and then these guys come out
Can these guys save Whitecaps season? [Spoiler: No]
Cristian Techera races into the box in the 14th minute but can’t get a shot off and falls over
Erik Hurtado has his first of many missed chances over the afternoon
Drama in first half stoppage time as Romanian referee Sorin Stoica sends of Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson for “acting in an irresponsible manner”
Would love to have heard David Ousted’s take on it right here
The second half starts in much the same vein as the first as Hurtado misses another chance to put the Whitecaps ahead
This time it’s punished though as Bradley Wright-Phillips fires home what proves to be the winner in the 50th minute
The faces of the fans sums it up – a mixture of being pissed off and incredulous
Failing with his feet, Hurtado tries a header this time. Same end result.
As Caps push Felipe brings a late save out of David Ousted at the other end
But there’s still time to salvage a point in stoppage time as the ball comes to Hurtado a few yards out
Can he do it this time?
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: