Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders – The Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders – The Story In Pictures

She’s been clearing her voice for weeks, gargling to keep herself ready for her big moment, and then it came along on Sunday. The Sounders beat the Whitecaps 2-1 at BC Place and the fat lady belted out her tune.

It’s realistically been over for weeks. Now it’s just official. There will be no MLS playoffs for Vancouver Whitecaps.

They made a good go at getting the win against Seattle and could easily have been a few up by half time. But that’s been the story of the season really. A season of coulds.

They could have scored more with the chances better. They could have kept tighter defensively. They could have kept their heads in the derby environment. They did neither and they lost to yet another goal in the closing minutes of the game.

Credit to Seattle (hate saying that), but they came north with an understrength team, went a goal behind to a Pedro Morales penalty, but fought back to level through Osvaldo Alonso then grab all three points with Brad Evans’ 81st minute spot kick.

That’s a team with fight, resilience, and ability. That’s also a team heading to the postseason. That’s not the Whitecaps right now.

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].


vwfc-ssfc-1750

Pretty sure we won’t be talking about these guys at the end of 90 minutes in a Cascadia derby

vwfc-ssfc-1784

The Whitecaps starting XI – ready for action, in the first half at least

vwfc-ssfc-1848

Did anyone see where Vancouver’s playoff hopes went?

vwfc-ssfc-1860

Pedro Morales looks up for this one and crack an 18th minute effort of the left post

vwfc-ssfc-1895

Alphonso Davies is giving Seattle sub Oneil Fisher a torrid time up that right wing

vwfc-ssfc-1899

Fisher just can’t handle him and brings him down in the box – Penalty!

vwfc-ssfc-1917

The ‘Caps captain steps up for the spot kick

vwfc-ssfc-1924

And fires home. 1-0 Vancouver. Joy all round!

vwfc-ssfc-1978

Davies is up for this one and forces a save from Stefan Frei with a fierce strike

vwfc-ssfc-2021

But Seattle fights back and Matias Laba doesn’t track Osvaldo Alonso well enough

vwfc-ssfc-2024

And with six minutes go in the half Alonso makes it 1-1

vwfc-ssfc-2101

Vancouver keep the pressure on to start the second half and Giles Barnes rises for a header

vwfc-ssfc-2104

That goes narrowly over

vwfc-ssfc-2126

Then the game changing moment as Ricardo Salazar shows a straight red to Pedro Morales

vwfc-ssfc-2134

The ‘Caps captain is off for an elbow on Cristian Roldan and the tide turns

vwfc-ssfc-2148

Disgust and disappointment for the ‘Caps

vwfc-ssfc-2203

Seattle press and David Ousted comes up big from a Jordan Morris shot

vwfc-ssfc-2271

But when Jordan Harvey handles in the box, Brad Evans steps up to fire home an 81st minute penalty and what proved to be Seattle’s winner

vwfc-ssfc-2295

Only for Evans to see red himself minutes later for attempting to head butt David Edgar. Both captains sent off in this one!

vwfc-ssfc-2401

The final whistle blows, the season is officially over, and it hits David Ousted hard

You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below:

Share your thoughts