What is it with Robert Earnshaw and debut goals? After scoring his first Whitecaps goal within minutes of coming on in the ‘Caps win over Portland in March in MLS action, the former Welsh international made his USL debut with WFC2 against Seattle on Sunday and scored a 16th minute goal in the 1-1 draw.
2,056 fans took in WFC2’s first ever home USL Cascadian derby and AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game.
Here’s “The 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].
Standing, chanting and cheering are mandatory at WFC2 games
Curva Collective are in the house
And so are the Southsiders
The teams line up for the Canadian and American national anthems – no Cascadian one played yet
The ‘Caps pre match huddle
Deybi Flores makes his USL debut and demonstrates his skills at Twister
16 minutes in another debutant, Robert Earnshaw, pounces on a mistake from S2 keeper Charlie Lyon
No backflip celebration this time, just an airplane one instead
But eight minutes later, the Sounders send in a dangerous corner
Paolo Tornaghi can sense the danger as the ball is flicked on
And Nick Miele taps home the equaliser
It’s not just Sounders fans that live in a bubble
Earnie comes within inches of putting WFC2 back ahead and grabbing his second
Kianz Froese turns S2 defenders inside out with some fancy footwork in the box
But his attempt at what would possibly have been the ‘Caps goal of the season is blocked
At the other end Tornaghi stops Darwin Jones grabbing the go ahead goal for the Sounders
Dirty, dirty Sounders
Same old Sounders, always cheating
AFTN’s product placement with ‘Caps goalscorer Earnshaw after the game finishes 1-1
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: