Whitecaps vs Columbus Crew

 September 16 2017 – BC Place,

Saturday afternoon saw Vancouver host another team on a hot streak, Columbus Crew SC.  Whilst a lot of the play got stuck in the midfield, and was frustrating to watch, overall it did not disappoint.  Both teams came away with a point after a 2-2 tie, with the hosts tying up the game 2 minutes into added time.

Vancouver opened the scoring early in the first half with a superb strike from Fredy Montero to beat Zack Steffen.  The lead only lasted four minutes, when former Whitecap Kekuta Manneh played a sublime cross into Ola Kamara who easily beat David Ousted at close range.

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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

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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

Attendance: 22,120

Goals :

52’ – DAL – Maximiliano Urruti

74’ – VAN – Cristian Techera

An entertaining afternoon with some challenging lighting conditions.  Harsh sunshine on part of the fields, and shadows on the other half. It was a fun game though, but should have brought the earplugs, the drummer for the Southsiders was right behind me for half of the game.

In the end a good win for the Whitecaps, but Atlanta seemed to have the better of much of the first half, and caused a significant goalmouth scramble towards the end of the game, which needed resilient defending from the hosts.

Final Score: Vancouver Whitecaps 3 – Atlanta United 1

Saturday afternoon saw the first home game of the season for the NSGSC WPSL team.  The team were hosting the Sounders Women, from Seattle.  A late change of the location saw the game being played at Windsor Secondary School instead of the newly completed Fen Burdett field.

An unexpectedly hot afternoon, and opponents who are at top of the division promised a tough game.

The home team went ahead early in the game, although the visitors drew level just before half-time. The Seattle team came out the more aggressive team in early play in the second half, and took the lead half way through.  The resilience of NSGSC saw the game level inside a couple of minutes.

A late goal, five minutes from time saw the visitors again take the lead, and this time they managed to hold on despite a concerted effort from the hosts.

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I was lucky recently to be able to shoot a Bundesliga game on a trip I was making to Germany.

This was truly a “game of two halves”.  Hoffenheim dominated the first half, with defensive mistakes by FC Bayern leading to a 21st minute goal from Andrej Kramaric, as well as many other opportunities.

The second half was pretty much all Bayern, and only some spectacular goalkeeping prevented Bayern getting a point from this game.

The game was very exciting, both sets of fans were singing throughout the game, including the half time break, and provided a fantastic atmosphere.  The quality of football was a pleasure to watch. I am hoping to get to future opportunities to shoot in this league as it was a lot of fun.

 

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Vancouver and Toronto faced of in what was being billed the battle of the north at a 1pm game in BC Place this afternoon.  The battle of the frozen north would have been a better description, as the stadium was freezing due to the roof being unexpectedly open, a bold move given the winter we have had this year.

As it turned out the frigid ( for Vancouver ) temperature seemed to benefit the visitors, who had the most of the ball through out the game.  In fact neither team created any significant number of chances, and the game really only came to life after Brek Shea’2 70th minute sending off.  This was a result of a double yellow card, initially for a foul against Hagglund, but then for being mouthy to the ref.

Barely five minutes later Toronto had taken the lead through a Victor Vazquez header, and then four minutes later this was followed by a strike from Jozy Altidore.

Hopefully this was just a post CONCACAF Champions League hangover and the caps can return to winning ways on April 1 against LA Galaxy.

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