whitecaps vs sounders

mls cup west semi – leg 1

Despite a very vocal and enthusiastic crowd, the Whitecaps and Sounders played out a fairly tame 0-0 tie at BC Place on Sunday. Neither team impressed up front with few clear chances on goal at either end. It was a scrappy affair that surprisingly only produced three yellow cards. At one point, late in the second half the field resembled a hockey rink, with both teams facing off, but after a bit of shoving it quietened down.

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whitecaps vs Earthquakes

mls cup knockout

After failing to overcome the San Jose Earthquakes in the final regular season home game of the season just 10 days ago, the Whitecaps last night had to face the same opponents in the knock out round of the MLS Cup.

Despite several chances for both teams, which brought out some spectacular saves, it took until the 33rd minute before the deadlock was broken. Fredy Montero capitalized on a through ball from Kendall Waston, off a Techera corner, to score his first ever playoff goal. Continue reading “Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Cup Knockout”

whitecaps vs earthquakes

october 15 2017 – BC Place

Going into Sunday afternoon’s game at BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps had the chance to finish first in the Western Conference for the first time in the club’s history. A win would also give the ‘caps their biggest ever points total for a season, most home MLS wins, and tie the most wins overall in a season. In short it was an important afternoon.

The San Jose Earthquakes on the other hand were fighting for a spot in the playoffs, and would be no push over in this regard.

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whitecaps vs rapids

September 23 2017 – BC place

A 13th goal of the season for Fredy Montero, and a second half strike from Yordy Reyna helped Vancouver extend their unbeaten run to seven games, and pushed the team closer to a playoff spot.

In truth the Whitecaps could have won by a few more, but missed a number of opportunities to add to the night’s tally.

The team are now on the road with games against Seattle, Kansas City and New York, before they return to BC Place for the final home game of the season against the San Jose Earthquakes on October 15th.

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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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.

Highlights below.