Oh Canada. Or rather, oh Canadian teams. Yesterday’s Canada Day celebrations didn’t produce the best set of results on the football pitch for Maple Leaf sides, with only Montreal Impact coming away with a win.
The Whitecaps lost at both MLS and USL levels, in matches that saw very little of note and promise from their teams.
McLeod Athletic Park in Langley hosted WFC2 as they took on Seattle Sounders 2 in a Cascadian derby in front of 923 fans, and it was the visitors who came away fairly untroubled 2-0 winners thanks to a goal in each half, as the ‘Caps struggled with their delivery and penetration into the final third.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. 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].
There needs to be more tunnel shots
Your WFC2 starting XI
Myer Bevan got his first start as a Whitecap, looking lively, without really getting too much service
Was also good to see Francis de Vries back after a torn meniscus injury
The dangerous Zach Mathers nearly added to his goals tally in the early going
But Spencer Richey was more than a match for the Sounders joint leading scorer
But there was nothing Richey could do in the 31st minute when Seattle pounced on a poor giveaway by Andy Thoma in the box and Ray Saari’s shot took an unfortunate deflection off Sem de Wit
Taking the ball past Richey, who was heading the other way
1-0 to the bad guys
The closest the ‘Caps came was a David Norman inswinging corner, that was right on top of the Sounders keeper Brian Meredith, but he managed to just punch it clear
Tackles started to fly as the half ended
WFC2 came within inches of equalising in the 55th minute when Matthew Baldisimo who got onto a Myer Bevan pass
But could only look on as his shot clipped the crossbar and went over
Seattle put the game to bed on the hour mark on a quick breakaway that allowed Mathers to race in and fire past Richey to make it 2-0 and take his tally for the season to six
This look says everything about how the match played out
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: