The Whitecaps were in a difficult position heading into Wednesday’s game with NYCFC. The visitors, sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference, had built up a 4-game winning streak, which they were looking to extend to a franchise record at BC Place. In previous the two previous meetings between the clubs, the ‘caps have come off second best in both.
In addition to the above the home team were reeling from a 4-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Chicago Fire.
The opening minutes were all NY until a defensive mistake provided Fredy Montero with an opportunity, and he coolly placed the ball past Eirik Johansen to put the ‘Caps 1-0 up.
After this, it was pretty much one way traffic for the remainder of the period, with David Ousted called on to make a number of dramatic saves. Despite his best efforts however the visitors went into the break 2-1 ahead, after a scrambled goal by Maxime Chanot, and a penalty kick from David Villa following a controversial call.
Whatever Carl Robinson said to the team at half time clearly had an impact and the Whitecaps came out fighting, and pretty much dominated the second half. A sublime goal from Jordan Harvey nine minutes into the half was followed by a diving header from Yordy Reyna, who was just back from injury, and had a fantastic game.
The Whitecaps held on comfortably, despite pressure from the visitors.
MOM: Fredy Montero
Next Home Game: Portland – July 23rd
I had the opportunity to shoot Ziggy Marley, as well as support act Buckman Coe at the Vogue Theatre as part of the Vancouver International Jazz festival.
Buckman Coe is a very talented local artist, unfortunately lighting was a challenge during is set, as was the smoke, still made for some interesting shots
Ziggy Marley was very entertaining, and his support vocalists did not stop dancing all night,
It was a fun show.
Some images below:
It was a scorching hot afternoon for a 1pm game, but at least the spectators had some shade in the bleachers of the new Fen Burdett Stadium on the North Shore.
NSGSC came into the game with back to back wins at the Seattle Sounders and Capital Timbers.
The first half was a pretty even affair, although there was not too much goal mouth action. The home team had a couple of close calls going over the bar, and our goalie had to be on point a couple of times.
The half ended with no score.
The second half was much more in favour of the NSGSC, with most of the action being in the visiting half. The home team were rewarded for their efforts with a couple of goals. The first came about through persistence, and a defensive mix up, and the second was from a strike that the goalie didn’t handle well.
NSGSC held on for a deserved win, increasing their current streak to three.
Next game is July 9th, 3pm and Fen Burdett vs OSA Football Club
On paper this game had a lot to offer. The teams are fairly evenly matched in the standing, and both eager to bolster the positions in the table. However, on the night both teams struggled in the last third of the field. The whitecaps especially in the first half squandered many chances by giving he ball away in prime scoring positions.
It took until the 7th minute of the second half for the scoring to open. Dallas’ Urruti calmly making his way past several Whitecaps defenders to place the ball neatly to the side of Ousted.
The goal did seem to spur the whitecaps, and in the 74th minute they responded with a sublime free kick from Christian Techera.
Other than these two strikes there were few chances on the night.
Man of the Match: Cristian Techera
52’ – DAL – Maximiliano Urruti
74’ – VAN – Cristian Techera