Wow. That’s how you end a season. Of course it does make you wonder where that’s been the whole year, but it was one hell of a climax nonetheless.
Vancouver Whitecaps routed Portland Timbers at BC Place on Sunday afternoon, hitting four unanswered goals by the 55th minute mark in a 4-1 victory that saw the ‘Caps end the Timbers season and lift a record-breaking sixth Cascadia Cup.
A stunning Giles Barnes double had the ‘Caps two up and coasting by half time, and they looked home and dry after Pedro Morales and Nicolas Mezquida added two goals in a minute.
Of course it wouldn’t be the Whitecaps this season if they didn’t give up a goal on a penalty and provide everyone with a nervy final few minutes, but there was no repeat of the devastating Toronto Canadian Championship late loss, and Vancouver held firm for the win and the Cup.
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].
Your Cascadia Cup winning starting XI
In the 13th minute the ball comes to Giles Barnes just inside the box
And the Jamaican lasers home his first for Vancouver, much to his delight
Nobody in the stadium can believe Lucas Melano missed a wide open goal in the 20th minute
Nicolas Mezquida nearly makes it two, but fires over from 12 yards out
Somewhere on Gallifrey, a Timelord wants his clothes back
Tempers flare and arms fly when Kendall Waston clatters Fanendo Adi
Only a booking though – for now. Hello DisCo
Barnes is at it again in the 32nd minute
Burying a beauty past Jake Gleason into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0 Vancouver
Oh the joy!
Meanwhile, Adi is losing the plot
Nine minutes into the second half, it’s three for the ‘Caps as Pedro Morales buries another beauty high into the net
Tats out for the lads
And just over a minute later, the ‘Caps are streaking forward again
And Nicolas Mezquida makes it four!
Nico and the ‘Caps are flying
Role reversal and the woman in the stands can’t believe it
Trust the ‘Caps to make it tense though as Diego Valeri slots home a 72nd minute penalty
Brett Levis makes his MLS debut and leaves Darlington Nagbe trailing in his wake
Your Golden Boot winner ladies and gentleman – Pedro Morales and his 9 goals
A 4-1 win ends Portland’s season and gives Vancouver their sixth Cascadia Cup
We planned to end on that but who can resist a photo of sad Caleb Porter
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: