It wasn’t a Cascadia Cup classic, but it was an important match for Vancouver Whitecaps as they earned their first point of the 2019 MLS season at the fourth attempt in a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Seattle Sounders.
There wasn’t a lot of goalmouth action, with both teams managing just three shots on target apiece over the 90 minutes, but it was an impressive defensive display from Vancouver, and it wouldn’t be a Whitecaps match this season apparently if there wasn’t a bit of VAR drama thrown into the mix as well.
AFTN photographers Tom (@ResidualImage) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto) were there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
It’s the first Cascadia Cup clash of the 2019 season
Your somewhat surprising Whitecaps starting XI
Something fishy here
Seattle looked the livelier early, but Vancouver’s defence were keeoing their dangerous attack at bay
It took 39 minutes for the first shot on target, courtesy of a long ranger from Lass Bangoura
Doneil Henry was putting his body on the line time and again to keep the clean sheet intact
Russell Teibert got his first minutes of the season, despite playing with a separated shoulder!
Iraqi international Ali Adnan made his MLS debut and impressed at left back. Can we keep him please?
There was little goalmouth action but the drama all came in stoppage time, when Joaquin Ardaiz got between two Seattle defenders and fired one off towards goal
Which was fantastically turned away by Sounders keeper Stefan Frei
The ball broke to Inbeom Hwang who went down in the box under the challenge of his Korean compatriot Kim Kee-hee and referee Robert Sigiba pointed to the spot, to the collective disbelief of Seattle
But as Hwang lay on the ground the drama was nowhere near over
Death VARdar called the referee over to review
And as the replays played on TV there looked like there was only going to be one decision…
No penalty! Which was the correct call
So no goals, but a resolute defensive display for Vancouver, with Max Crepeau, Doneil Henry, and Ali Adnan particularly standing out
You can see all of Tom and Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: