Wayne Rooney headed to BC Place on Saturday night, for what is likely his one and only appearance in Vancouver. A large crowd came out to see him, but the Whitecaps sent him homewards to think again with a 1-0 victory thanks to an 18th minute Yordy Reyna goal.
It was the first Whitecaps home win in approaching three months, 85 days in total, and there were some encouraging signs for what could lie ahead in what was one of the best all round team performances of the season.
AFTN photographers Tom (@ResidualImage) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto) were there to capture the action before, during, and after the game. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
Your Whitecaps starting XI
Uh oh, someone must have got their visiting United’s mixed up
But of course, they were here to see this guy, Dwain Romney
Although it appears that the DC players were more interested in acquiring a Fredy Montero shirt
18 minutes in and Russell Teibert powers forward, playing the ball back to Yordy Reyna
Who fires home low from outside the box, with a shot that DC keeper Bill Hamid should have done much better with
But the ‘Caps didn’t care about that and it was 1-0 Vancouver
With no further goals in the first half, the ‘Caps pushed for a second in the second, forcing Bill Hamid into a number of saves
Including an acrobatic effort to deny Derek Cornelius on the hour mark
Then moments later Yordy Reyna rattled one off the woodwork. Would the ‘Caps rue those missed chances though?
No as it turned out, as they defended for their lives
Rooney was kept off the scoresheet and left the pitch with a foul mouthed tirade towards the fourth official
Theo Bair showed some nifty footwork on the wing
And nearly saw his cross turned into the DC net
While at the other end, the ‘Caps had a lucky escape, as the ball bounced off the post
And fell into Max Crepeau’s arms
Relief all round with that one!
DC pushed to the end for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to come
And the ‘Caps held on for their first home win since May, as Marc Dos Santos comforts lil ol’ Wayne
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: