569 days. A number now firmly imprinted in the minds of Vancouver Whitecaps fans the world over as the number of days between home matches at BC Place in front of fans.
Emotions could have overrun the occasion but the team’s fighting spirit was fully to the fore after trailing to a controversial penalty at half time, and second half goals from Brian White and Ryan Gauld saw the ‘Caps come away with a famous 2-1 victory and a massive three points.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage) was 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.
The Boys Are Back In Town and in full voice
Your Whitecaps starting XI
Brian White just can’t get his foot onto an early ball across the goal
VAR strikes again as LAFC get awarded a controversial 43rd minute penalty
Which Diego Rossi tucks away
Ryan Gauld comes on at half time to try and make a difference
But it’s Brian White who sweeps home a Cristian Dajome cross in off the bar to level things up on the hour mark
LAFC nearly retake the lead three minutes later, as Maxime Crepeau saves from Diego Rossi
And the ‘Caps breathe a sigh of relief as Bryan Rodriguez crashes the rebound off the right post
But with the game in the final minute, Ryan Raposo sends a ball into the box onto the head of Ryan Gauld
Who heads home the winner
And sends BC Place into sheer joy
Stand By Me. Stand By This Team.
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: