After a tough couple of days, no one really knew what kind of Vancouver Whitecaps side we’d get at BC Place on Sunday night.
Would they be fired up? Would they put in another shocking display like they did midweek in the Canadian Championship? Thankfully it was the former and the ‘Caps put in one of their best performances of the season in a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake thanks to a first half own goal and second half tallies from Brian White, Ryan Gauld, and Florian Jungwirth.
It was a much needed tonic after a difficult week and it was a win that saw the Whitecaps move up to 8th in the standings, one point and one place outside of the playoff spots.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage) was there to capture the action before, during, and after the game. There’s some fantastic photos in the gallery. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
The new man at the Whitecaps helm – interim head coach Vanni Sartini
After a bright start, the Whitecaps go ahead when Marcello Silva turns a Ryan Gauld corner into his own net
1-0 Whitecaps. A lead they held till half time
The ‘Caps doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when RSL keeper fumbles the ball
And Brian White is on hand to fire home for the third straight MLS match
Javain Brown tears up the wing in the 64th minute
Delivering a perfect pinpoint cross onto the head of Ryan Gauld
And the Scottish DP makes no mistake from there
More Whitecaps joy!
And it wasn’t to end there, as five minutes later Ryan Gauld turns provider, whipping in a corner
On the head of Florian Jungwirth, who tucks away his first goal as a Whitecap and his first goal since July 2018
Whitecaps to the four – kiss the badge
Two of the best Whitecaps on the pitch enjoy the occasion
But the clean sheet is thwarted in the last minute as Patrick Metcalf diverts a cross off the bar
And the rebound falls to Anderson Julio a few yards out and he grabs a RSL consolation
We all felt this way Vanni
But it wouldn’t spoil the day as the Whitecaps stand tall and stand together
Backed by the supporters
Well done Vanni on your first win
It really is good to be home
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: