There’s an old adage in the entertainment industry – always leave them wanting more. Vancouver Whitecaps have barely qualified to be classed as entertainment for much of the 2019 MLS season, so it was perhaps unsurprising that their campaign finally ended disappointingly at BC Place on Sunday afternoon.
Real Salt Lake came to town and left with all three points and a third seeding in the Western Conference after Damir Kreilach’s 28th minute header proved to be the only goal in a fairly tame end of season affair.
The ‘Caps have at least sent fans home with a smile on their face in some other seasons of mediocrity. This wasn’t one of them, although describing this season as mediocre is probably being kind. Now all anyone really cares about is what is going to happen this offseason to turn this team around to be serious contenders. It feels like a tall order right now and the pressure is certainly on Marc Dos Santos and the front office to deliver. Can they? Stay tuned!
AFTN photographers Tom (@ResidualImage) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto) were there to capture the action before, during, and after the game, plus some photos from the celebrity and alumni game beforehand. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
The last game of the Whitecaps season and the last regular season game for a MLS legened, Nick Rimando
Your Whitecaps starting XI
One last tifo for the year
It wasn’t the most exciting first half but RSL went ahead in the 28th minute when Damir Kreilach headed home
For what was to prove to be the only goal of the game
The Whitecaps pushed for the second half equaliser
But Michaell Chirinos was kept at bay, first with a header
And then with a shot to the back post that Nick Rimando got his fingertips to
Which directed it off the post
And despite the initial RSL defensive panic, the danger was cleared
Erik Godoy fired one in late on
Only to see it nestle into the side netting
Season over for the ‘Caps, but the legend rolls on for at least one more match
You can see all of Tom and Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: