It was going to happen sooner rather than later – a CPL team knocking out a MLS one – and with Vancouver Whitecaps’ history in the Canadian Championship, it was a good bet that it would happen to them. And so it came to be at BC Place on Wednesday night.
Cavalry FC headed west and were full value for their 2-1 victory, moving on to the semi-finals where they’ll play Montreal Impact. The Whitecaps are impotent once again, undone by a CPL side with a combined wage bill lower than Ali Adnan’s.
Jordan Brown had fired the visitors into an early 7th minute lead and it seldom got better for the ‘Caps after that. Inbeom Hwang tied things up midway through the second half to level the game on the night but keep Vancouver behind on the away goals rule, but none of that mattered when former WFC2 player Dominick Zator headed in what proved to be the final goal of the evening five minutes later.
Out crashed the Whitecaps for the lowest point of their MLS era. For now at least. There’s still time.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage) was there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
The coaches embrace
The Cavalry FC starting XI
Your Whitecaps starting XI
Whitecaps fans were prepared for what lay ahead
Although the ‘Caps defence didn’t seem to be, and a long ball forward caused problems
Leaving Jordan Brown to get the better of Doneil Henry and Erik Godoy
And blast home the opening goal seven minutes in
Sparking joyous scenes amongst the large travelling support
Doneil Henry was making sure that Jordan Brown wouldn’t get away from him again
But the game was getting away from the Whitecaps, with an Erik Godoy miss in front of goal the best they had to show for it in a half with no shots on target
There was a bit more urgency to start the second half but Theo Bair’s header straight at Marco Carducci was about all the ‘Caps were really conjuring up
But midway through the second half, some dogged work from Theo Bair saw the ball come to Inbeom Hwang and his shot was deflected past Marco Carducci in the Cavalry goal
Tying things up at 1-1 on the night but keeping Vancouver behind on aggregate on away goals
Parity was to last just five minutes as former WFC2 player Dominick Zator rose above the ‘Caps defence
To powerfully head home a corner and restore Cavalry’s lead
History was in the making
Make more likely by Vancouver’s inability to convert their chances
And when the referee blew for full time, Cavalry joy was complete
Tommy Wheeldon Jr planning a new waistcoat with his bonus we’re sure. Well done to him and all the Cavalry lads. You deserved it. Now go do the same to Montreal
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: