We were beginning to forget what feeling good about a Vancouver Whitecaps game felt like, especially a winning feeling. Now we know!
Forget Good Friday, it was a Fantastic Wednesday as the ‘Caps secured their first win of the 2019 season and the first win for Marc Dos Santos in MLS as head coach. And in another first, it was won by Inbeom Hwang’s first goal as a Whitecap. What a night!
All exuberance aside, as MDS himself said after the match, this is just one victory. They haven’t won anything and they’re still adrift of the playoff places. But it’s a start. They need to build on it though or it counts for little.
AFTN photographer Tom (@ResidualImage) was there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s the “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
Old friends embrace
Your Whitecaps starting XI
The other chumps
Latif Blessing was in the wars early
A lot of them, and he was soon to be subbed off
27 minutes in and PC fires off a fierce shot on goal
Crashing off the right post
But right into the path of Inbeom Hwang, who fires home for his first MLS goal and a 1-0 Whitecaps lead
What that meant to everyone on and off the pitch was clear to see
In the 35th minute fans walkout in protest at the handling of the Whitecaps women’s team abuse allegations
The Whitecaps were looking solid defensively, keeping a very potent LAFC attack at bay, and Ali Adnan and Max Crepeau had a big part to play in that
Here’s Carlos! Just in case you didn’t notice him during the match
Lucas Venuto had a great chance to double the Whitecaps lead in the second half
But was thwarted by Tyler Miller and he clearly felt he should have done better
Things started to get chippy after Inbeom Hwang’s tackle on Diego Rossi started a melee
LAFC put some pressure on Vancouver in the last 15 minutes but Max Crepeau and his defence stood tall
Securing a much need victory, triggering joy and relief
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: