Three was the magic number for Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Sunday evening.
For only the second time this season, the ‘Caps had a threesome in the goals department, with Mauro Rosales and Kendall Waston grabbing their firsts of the season and Octavio Rivero getting back on the scoresheet again, albeit from the spot.
As always it seems, it could have been a lot more.
David Ousted was denied an eighth clean sheet of the season, as complacency set in during the closing moments, a fact which pissed Carl Robinson off no end, telling reporters after the match that “the last minute goal really, really annoyed me. Watching it back, Matias Laba really should have closed down on Quincy Amarikwa.
Still, mustn’t grumble. Three points at home, moving up to second in the West, four points ahead of Seattle and Portland, and more importantly, seven ahead of the first team outwith the playoff places. Not a bad weekend’s work.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
The ‘Caps starting XI
Five minutes in, Kekuta Manneh goes on a run, thwarted by Clarence Goodson’s foot
The ball breaks to Mauro Rosales, who points to where the ‘Caps are heading after firing home the opener
Octavio Rivero nearly makes it two minutes later, chipping the ball over David Bingham
But Cordell Cato stops him getting a clear head on the fall ball to add to the ‘Caps lead
Giving Bingham time to recover
The Quakes defence were playing hide and seek most of the night
But in the 32nd minute Kendall Waston rises to meet a Rosales corner
Powerfully heading home to make it 2-0 Vancouver
The deadly duo
Down goes Rivero, but no penalty as it’s offside
Caps continue the pressure in the second half, as Rivero powers into the box
But he can only look on as his shot flashes wide
But the Uruguayan’s luck is to change in the 56th minute as he powers into the box once more
Only to be flattened – Penalty!
The pressure is on Rivero to snap a three game run without a goal, but he slots it home
Rivero owes hit countryman a drink after Nicolas Mezquida handed the ball to him to take the kick
The only real blip of the night comes in the last minutes as Quincy Amarikwa pulls one back
But nothing can spoil the ‘Caps joy, as their Latino influence is at the fore once more
Happy days and smiles all round
Pa Modou Kah does the postgame Humba with Curva Collective
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: