When it’s Wimbledon fortnight, one thing you can be certain of (aside from strawberries and cream), are a number of quality returns. Vancouver Whitecaps were hoping for one of those themselves at BC Place on Saturday night when they hosted Sporting Kansas City after three weeks and five matches away.
But instead of showing some spark and fire in their bellies, the ‘Caps served up another disappointing display where they once again failed to force any real danger in the final third and were comfortably beaten 3-0 in the end by a KC side that are just starting to hit their stride after a season plagued by injuries to key personnel.
While KC are striding, Vancouver are slumping, falling to a third straight defeat in league play and now sitting with just one win in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
A first half own goal by Ali Adnan and second half tallies from Felipe Gutierrez and Gerso saw KC grab three vital points in their playoff quest, leaving Vancouver to simply wonder where they go from here.
AFTN photographer Caroline (@FrogPhoto) was 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.
BC Place jam packed for this one
Old friends reunited
Your Whitecaps starting XI
Theo Bair got his first MLS start, looking threatening in the early going
And coming withing a Seth Sinovic block to grabbing his first MLS goal
Zac MacMath tries to fly after getting the surprising nod over Max Crepeau
An impressive number of KC fans made the trip
And they were soon ecstatic when Ali Adnan turned in a Gerson shot to give KC the lead in the 24th minute
It was already feeling like a long way back for the ‘Caps in this one
A familiar face was back to watch this one, and oh how Vancouver could have done with someone of his quality – or spending his transfer fee on some creativity
The ‘Caps started the second half strong and Inbeom Hwang struck an early free kick goalwards
Only to be denied by a great sprawling save from Tim Melia
Theo Bair was next to try his luck, pulling his shot wide left
So naturally that all meant that KC would add to their tally and they did some when Felipe Guiterrez fired home their second after a poor kick out from Zac MacMath
Vancouver were hanging on to KC’s coattails now
Ali Adnan was one of the few players to show any attacking danger
Then it was Yordy Reyna’s turn to try a free kick to get the ‘Caps back into the match
Denied by a deflection and the ball cannoning off the left post
Gerson then put KC three up in the 90th minute, firing a cutback past the ‘Caps defence
And that was all she wrote
You can see all of Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: