If you were a neutral, this must have been a fun game to watch. If you’re a Vancouver Whitecaps supporter, it was as well, in the end.
Up until Cristian Techera’s 79th minute game winning goal, it was looking an awful lot like same old, same old as the ‘Caps attacked and created chances (19 shots on goal in the end) but were once again struggling to finish off their chances and kill off Real Salt Lake. Surely it wasn’t going to be another tale of heartbreak?
Turns out no. Two fantastic highlight reel strikes from Gershon Koffie and RSL’s Javier Morales had the teams level at the half, before Techera’s first ever MLS goal and some key David Ousted saves saw the ‘Caps over the line with a 2-1 victory ahead of their upcoming gruelling five game road stretch.
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 – BC Place awaits
A close up of the new BC Place pitch
Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI
Real Salt Lake starting XI
Coaches Carl Robinson and Jeff Cassar share a laugh before kick off
Nick Rimando has an eye for a camera
In the 36th minute, Gershon Koffie dispossess Joao Plata after some sloppy play
And the man making his 100th MLS start for the Caps hit a 25 yard thunderbolt into the postage stamp corner – 1-0 Vancouver
And boy is he happy!
But the joy wasn’t to last long as Javier Morales spots some poor wall positioning
And curls a beautiful free kick past David Ousted
Octavio Rivero has a chance to restore the Caps lead in the second half
But the Uruguayan is like the rest of us and can’t believe he didn’t tuck it away
A huge turning point in the game comes in the 64th minute as David Ousted pulls off another ‘Save of the Week’ candidate from an Elias Vasquez header
Denied at one end, Vasquez gives up a goal at the other when he attempts to chest the ball back to Nick Rimando
But before the keeper can collect the ball, Cristian Techera nips in
And rounds Rimando before slotting home the winner
The joy and ecstasy of your first MLS goal
The Bug is squished!
The secret behind why Kendall Waston is so good in the air – steam power!
Kendall Waston does the postgame humba with Curva Collective
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: