With so many actors in attendance at BC Place on Saturday afternoon following the first Whitecaps Legends and Stars charity football match, it was perhaps written in some different stars that Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew would play out a match worthy of a screenplay.
Although if someone had come up with a film on the how the actual events played out, I’m pretty sure that it would have been dismissed as being too far fetched.
For all the build up of people saying this was a match that was more than just Tony Tchani versus Kekuta Manneh, the two stars, who had traded places and teams in March, faced their former sides for the first time, with both having pivotal roles to play in the end result.
After Ola Kamara cancelled out Fredy Montero’s first half opener within minutes, it looked like Manneh had won the match for Crew SC with a 25 yard thunderbolt to put Columbus ahead. But Tchani had other ideas, poking home a 92nd minute equaliser and salvage a point for the Western Conference leading Whitecaps.
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 and follow him on Twitter @residualimage].
Your Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI
David Ousted was called into action early and it was to be a busy afternoon for the Dane
Hands up if you’re the birthday boy
The BC Place roof truly is a thing of wonder
In the 15th minute a nice interchange between Cristian Techera and Yordy Reyna slips Fredy Montero in on goal
And the Colombian makes no mistake to grab his 12th goal of the season
That should set the ‘Caps up nicely for the afternoon ahead. Oh….
Four minutes later and Ola Kamara buries his 16th of the year, losing his marker to finish of a Kekuta Manneh cross
Respect to the travelling Columbus fans
And to the 2017 North West Championship winning Vancouver Canadians
Yordy Reyna’s birthday wasn’t going great as he crashed a shot off the right post at the start of the second half following a lovely turn in the box
And the ‘Caps were punished for that in the 63rd minute as Kekuta Manneh powered in on goal
Unleashing a 25 yard screamer past David Ousted
This just looks so wrong
Thankfully for the ‘Caps Kekuta was soon replaced
Yordy Reyna’s afternoon was getting worse as he crashed a header off the right post
But there was still time for the ‘Caps and Fredy Montero sent a beautiful chip to the back post
Right to Tony Tchani, who fired home a 92nd minute equaliser
As much as he wanted to, he couldn’t celebrate against his old team
But that didn’t stop his new teammates. 2-2. The ‘Caps stay top of the West and move to unbeaten in six.
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: