It was only his second professional goal, but Kianz Froese’s 42nd looping effort put Vancouver Whitecaps in the driver’s seat for CONCACAF Champions League qualification and secured a 1-0 win over Honduran champions CD Olimpia.
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].
Who doesn’t love a CONCACAF officiating team?
The Whitecaps starting XI
The starting XI for the Honduran champions
Nine minutes in and Robert Earnshaw attempts an audacious bicycle kick
The Honduran fans in full voice
Even more so when Ever Alvarado crashes an 11th minute header off the bar
Then in the 43rd minute, the breakthrough, as Nicolas Mezquida plays in Darren Mattocks
The ball doesn’t want to go with Darren
So Kianz Froese comes in to loop the ball in the net. 1-0 Caps
Mattocks squanders another chance minutes later
But Darren is a trier and gives the Olimpia defence a torrid time at the start of the second half
Rommell Quioto fancies a Whitecaps sandwich
Not so tasty for the Honduran
Robert Earnshaw urges calm
Don’t mess with big Kendall
Olimpia turn up the pressure on the ‘Caps defence
Christian Dean, and many others, think the referee is pointing to the spot for a penalty but it’s a goal kick!
More late pressure on the ‘Caps defence
Robert Earnshaw is played through in the 90th minute
But Olimpia ‘keeper Noel Valladeres saves with his face!
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: