If you’re a glass half full kind of person you can say that Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten in their last two home games and put in an improved performance in the weekend draw with Philadelphia Union. If you’re the glass half empty type, it was two points dropped at home against an understrength and weakened team missing some key personnel, blowing a lead in the process.
Both are correct, of course, but in the current climate in Whitecapsland, find any positives right now is a tough proposition.
Doneil Henry had put the Whitecaps ahead before Kacper Przybylko tied things up midway through the second half. 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.
The Whitecaps starting XI looks a bit weird
The Union gave the ‘Caps an early scare flicking a header goalbound
But PC was in the right place to clear the ball off the line
The supporters protest walkouts continued
Four minutes from half time, however, Doneil Henry rose unchallenged to meet an Ali Adnan corner
Powerfully heading home the opening goal
The ‘Caps thought they had doubled their lead early in the second half when Yordy Reyna was played in
Chipping the advancing Philly keeper Matt Freese
But his moment of Zen with Lucas Venuto was shattered when the referee chalked the goal off for offside
Things went from bad to worse for Vancouver in the 65th minute when Kacper Przybylko raced in on goal and finished with aplomb
His first goal, in his first MLS start, to make it 1-1
Joaquin Ardaiz came close to restoring the ‘Caps lead minutes later, getting the ball past Freese but his pinpoint shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line
Things got testy in the closing minutes but there were to be no more goals and the game finished 1-1
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: