Portland on the mantelpiece.
That’s three games this season between Whitecaps 2 and Timbers 2, and chalk up three wins for the good guys. This last one though was very much far from being a classic.
A Daniel Haber goal three minutes from time was what it took to separate the teams in a fairly flat encounter, but the 1-0 win saw the ‘Caps extend their lead at the top of the Western Conference and chalk up back to back home wins before they now head out to four games on the road over the next month.
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].
With Kyle Greig suspended, captain Marco Carducci leads out the ‘Caps
With injuries and suspensions, here’s WFC2’s makeshift starting XI
Daniel Haber was in the thick of most of the ‘Caps action from the start
Ben McKendry tries to add to his impressive strikes so far this season
Marco Carducci wasn’t having much to do, but what there was he was coping with well
One of these kids clearly has way better taste
Marco Bustos comes close at the starting of the second half, flashing a shot wide
Kianz Froese does well to get past the Timbers ‘keeper
But knocks it just too far and can’t turn it into the net
Meanwhile, Portland do have the ball in the net, but it’s clearly offside
Then with three minutes remaining, Daniel Haber is played in
And makes no mistake, firing home the winner in a 1-0 WFC2 win
To his natural joy
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: