The FUDs were in town and mostly managed to stay on their feet long enough for Vancouver Whitecaps to dish out a 1-0 beating that, temporarily as it’s turned out, sent the ‘Caps back to the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.
Always nice to beat Dallas, but this one was big in terms of playoff positioning with the Texans having two games in hand on Vancouver heading in to this one. They head out of it seven points back, so Cristian Techera’s first half game winner was certainly one of the more important strikes of the season.
With eight games of the season left, the two sides will meet another twice in October, and all things considered, the win leaves Vancouver still battling for a top two finish in the Western Conference. All to play for.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the RSL 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].
The ‘Caps starting XI
A bunch of FUDs
Curva Collective’s Uruguayan tifo
Not much early action but Atiba Harris forced David Ousted into a low 13th minute save
The battle of the wee wingers
Kekuta Manneh lights the game up in the 32nd minute with a great solo run
Before sending the ball across the six yard box
For Cristian Techera to exquisitely backheel home, for what proved to be the gamewinning goal
Techera’s in there somewhere as the ‘Caps celebrate
Not much goalmouth action in the second half but Michael Barrios shoots low at Ousted after good work on the edge of the box
Then Manneh goes on another run but fires over from a good position
Dallas push for a late equaliser but the ‘Caps defence holds firm
Short lived, but a sign of beauty
Nicolas Mezquida gets ready to do the postgame Humba with Curva Collective
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: