An enthusiastic, if somewhat smaller crowd of just of 14,000 saw the Vancouver Whitecaps advance to the semi-final stage of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league on Tuesday night. The Whitecaps ran out 2-0 winners on the night against the New York Red Bulls, to win the two-legs 3-1 in aggregate. The win sees the Whitecaps advancing to this stage of the competition for the first time in franchise history
The ‘caps had the better of the first half, with a lively start bringing about a goal for Alphonso Davies after only 5 minutes of play.
Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles was kept busy during the first half, pulling off a dramatic diving save at the 25 min mark.
The second half saw the Red Bulls see a lot more of the ball, and David Ousted was called into action to clear a controversial ball of the line, and also tip one over the bar to maintain the ‘caps lead. Newly signed Designated Player Fredy Montero added to the lead with a nicely taken strike with around 15 mins left in the game.
To the Red Bulls credit they kept fighting to the end, but were unable to find the net.
Vancouver will now face Mexican champions Tigres, with the first leg away from home on March 14th, and the second leg at BC Place on April 5th.
A gallery of my favourite shots from the night are below: