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.
It was Manneh who gave the visitors the lead in the 63rd minute with a superb strike from 25 yards out. It was a moment of class from the striker, and he was muted in his celebration in respect to his former team mates. Manneh was substituted in the 70th minute and received a huge round of applause from the home crowd.
Despite some close chances, including a header from Yordy Reyna that hit the post, and with the game going into added time, it took until the 92nd minute for Vancouver to tie things up. It was fitting that it was former Columbus Crew striker Tony Tchani that got the tying goal from a great combination of play between Jake Nerwinski and Fredy Montero.
Overall it was an entertaining afternoon, which extended both teams unbeaten runs, and enabled the ‘caps to stay top of the Western Conference: