Saturday’s 3-1 loss to San Jose Earthquakes made it five straight MLS defeats in a row now for Vancouver Whitecaps, keeping them firmly rooted to the bottom of the standings and saw them fall 14 points behind a Quakes side that has two games in hand on the ‘Caps and started the season off with four losses.
Things are bad in Whitecapsland with very little on display to indicate that things are going to change any time soon.
At least the game got off to a promising start when Doneil Henry fired Vancouver into a 7th minute lead, but it was soon all downhill fast after that. Goals from Vako and Wondo had San Jose in a half time lead, and although the ‘Caps did manage to keep themselves in the game till the 79th minute, or rather Max Crepeau did, Magnus Eriksson wrapped up all three points for the Earthquakes with their third.
It was only San Jose’s second ever win in Vancouver, and they were very much worth it. Where do the ‘Caps go from here? Well at least there’s no relegation.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage) was there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
Your Whitecaps starting XI
The luscious locks of Matias Almeyda
The ‘Caps get off to a fast start in a must win game when Doneil Henry gets onto a free kick and knocks the ball down to his feel
Drilling home the opening goal past Daniel Vega in the 7th minute
The Whitecaps lead! This is not a drill!
Although not for long as Maxime Crepeau keeps out a Chris Wondolowski effort only to see the ball fall to Vako who buried the equaliser in the 16th minute
Signalling a busy time for the ‘Caps keeper
And despite his Harlem Globetrotter skills to keep out some efforts
The rebounds weren’t falling favourably though
And Wondo was on hand to give the visitors a 34th minute lead
Chalk up another one to the league’s all-time leading scorer
The ‘Caps were just staying in the game and got a break in the second half when Doneil Henry wasn’t deemed to have handled in the box
But tensions were rising among the ‘Caps players
And through it all a flying Crepeau kept the Quakes at bay
But the end finally came in the 79th minute when Magnus Eriksson drilled home a third
Despite ‘Caps appeal for a handball – game over, season over
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: