Glass half full – unbeaten in five now and twice fighting back from behind to grab a hard earned point.
Glass half empty – two points dropped at home, sloppy defensive work and more chances squandered in a game they should have won.
Which side of the glass do you come down on?
Whatever it is, there’s no getting away from the fact that Wednesday’s match was a highly entertaining affair from two teams that like to play attacking football while perhaps sometimes forgetting that they also need to defend in games as well.
A Kei Kamara brace was cancelled out twice by first Octavio “He scores when he wants” Rivero and Darren “He scores when he hits the target” Mattocks, but the Whitecaps late onslaught certainly should have seen them come away with all three points.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures” [Check out his website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
The teams come out
The WFC2 squad are also in the house
The Whitecaps starting eleven
The Southsiders – scarves up and ready for battle
Justin Meram can’t believe he pulled his 9th minute shot wide when he should have given Columbus the lead
Uh oh, Diego Rodriguez has had groin trouble now in both his MLS games
A tough early injury forces the talented Uruguayan out
Um, that was never a foul…
24 minutes in and as Columbus streak forward, Kendall Waston tackles Ethan Finlay but the ball breaks to Kei Kamara to slot home the opener. 1-0 Crew
But the lead last just seven minutes as Octavio Rivero fires home for his 5th of the season
Jersey biting time once again as Columbus’ lead bites the dust
But five minutes into the second half and Kamara sidefoots home his second of the night to restore the Crew’s lead
Lights, Kamara, Action
But the Caps hit back. Kekuta Manneh gets on to a Pa Modou Kah long ball and runs at the Crew defence
He hits the byeline before cutting the ball back perfectly for Darren Mattocks
And the Jamaican grabs his first of the season to tie things up at 2-2
I think he’s happy! He’s floating with joy
And so are Curva Collective
But the Caps smell blood and Mattocks has a chance to give Vancouver the lead
He can’t believe he doesn’t – bloody post
But here’s another chance
And, well, I don’t really know what’s going on here
Kendall Waston goes down with a scary looking neck injury
A difference of opinion on what the decision should be
It’s starting to look like points all round
Carl Robinson’s on point
The ‘Caps are staying alive with Robert Earnshaw
But it ends 2-2 and the ‘Caps seem to have pulled off a signing coup in the process!
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos below: