Carl Robinson can chalk up another Vancouver Whitecaps first as the ‘Caps finally got a home win against their Cascadian rivals from Portland.
They may have got it by playing like it was an away game, but three points is three points and the Whitecaps now sit just one point off the top of both the Western Conference and Supporters Shield standings after their most successful opening month of their MLS era.
Another never say die, fight to the end performance as well. Three straight heart stoppers now, thanks to a stunning Nicolas Mezquida free kick, some tremendous saves from David Ousted and yet another debut goal for Robert Earnshaw.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures” [Check out his website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
The Whitecaps starting eleven
The ‘Caps get fired up in their pre-match huddle
Scarves up if you love the ‘Caps
David Ousted starts as he means to go on, getting down to thwart a low George Fochive shot
Fochive is in the thick of the action again, bringing down Octavio Rivero for a 15th minute free kick
Up steps Nicolas Mezquida
Who curls it over the wall and into the bottom corner for the opening goal
Nico and Pedro celebrate the ‘Caps going 1-0 up
Dirty, dirty Ridgewell
Portland dominate an uninspiring second half until Fanendo Adi pokes home an 82nd minute equaliser
But there’s still time for Robert Earnshaw to pop up with a dramatic 90th minute winner for Vancouver
Another debut goal, but Earnshaw enjoys them all like it was his first
And there’s the famous flip!
And the crowd go wild!
David Ousted lets out a roar at the final whistle
Earnie’s feet won’t touch the ground tonight
Carl Robinson does the Humba with Curva Collective
A happy footballing day all round for Welshmen
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game as a video slideshow (with added crowd noise) below: