If you were to sum up Vancouver Whitecaps’ performance in their 2-0 loss to Los Angeles FC in one word, what would you go with? Uninspiring, is certainly one word that comes to mind.
The ‘Caps huffed and puffed, but generated little in the defeat on Friday night as they were outshot (16 to 8) and outpossessed (a close 51.2% to 48.8%) by a LAFC side that always looked like they had the taking of the Whitecaps and in Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi, they have two scary Designated Players waiting to put the knife in. They both did.
Vancouver couldn’t call on the injured Kei Kamara (groin) and Anthony Blondell (concussion) and without them, they lacked any attacking spark. Kamara looks set to be out for a spell. On this performance, it could be a long few weeks ahead without him.
Regular AFTN photographers Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage)) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto)
were there to capture what action there was before, during and after the game. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
It was Jordan Harvey night at BC Place on Friday
He still doesn’t look right in black and gold though
The fans bleed blue, although it was to be the air that was turned blue come the final whistle
The bad guys, well they were actually the good guys, but you know what we mean
LA’s Dark Lord was glowing both before and after the match
Your Whitecaps starting XI
Russell Teibert was back in the staring line-up. Could he keep his record of the ‘Caps not losing when he plays? Spoiler – no
He wasn’t winning the hair game for this one though – not sure Kendall was either
Nope, white and gold doesn’t look right either
The closest either team came to breaking the deadlock in the first half was when Walker Zimmerman crashed a 28th minute header off the bar – a close call for the ‘Caps
Carlos Vela splitting the Whitecaps with ease
Jose Aja takes a sore one to the face
LAFC’s pressure paid off when Carlos Vela curled an absolute beauty past Stefan Marinovic in the 59th minute to give the visitors the lead
Flashbacks of the 2016 Voyageurs Cup final came 11 minutes later
And the same result, as the ball is fired home, this time giving LAFC an insurmountable 2-0 lead
Things started to get testy
But Super Sub Brek Shea was still trying to get the woeful Whitecaps going – he couldn’t
And it turned out this guy was the only Whitecap to really penetrate the LA box all night
And that was all she wrote – another shocking display at home and boos echoed around the already half empty stadium
You can see all of Tom and Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: