Mid-week draw for Whitecaps against Columbus Crew

April 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps season 2015 | Leave a comment
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This was a hugely entertaining match with 2 goals apiece. It was filled with many near misses, squandered chances and daft errors. I went to the match straight from work and prepared for the event with some lovely Vij’s bean curry, which I have to say was damned tasty.

Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson chose to rest Pa Modou Kah so that Diego Rodriguez could have a go at centre back. Beitashour, Waston and Adekugbe joined him in defence. Teibert and Laba shielded the back four in defensive midfield, While Mattocks, Morales and Mezquida supported lone striker Rivero. Poor Rodriguez’ adventure did not last long as he tweaked a muscle early on, meaning a sleepy Kah, who was expecting a nice night off, was called into action. Kah looked a bit shaky from the start, turning the ball over to Columbus deep in the Whitecaps half with a poor pass intended for Waston. Watson got a yellow card, putting the Whitecaps in the hole with card trouble early in the match.

While the Whitecaps had the most of the play, it was clear

River scores in black and white!

Rivero scores in black and white!

Columbus had come to play as well, and Crew striker Kei Kamara put them up 1-0 when the ball rebounded for him off of a shot which he put past a despairing David Ousted into the Whitecaps goal.

The Whitecaps quickly came back when an alert Mattocks took a quick throw-in and caught Rivero’s marker napping. Rivero shrugged the defender off easily and shot the equalizer low to the keeper’s right into the net. It was 1-1 which is how it stayed for the rest of the half.

Poor David Ousted made his first error of the season in the second half when he took a quick goal kick which was intercepted. A few touches later it was Kamara again putting the ball in the back of Ousted’s net and the Whitecaps were on the back heel again.

Scooter in full flight!

Scooter in full flight!

Things looked brighter when Robinson pulled Mezquida off and Kekuta Manneh came into the match in the mood to play. With Manneh on the left and fellow speedster Mattocks now on the right, the Whitecaps tore into Columbus and created chance after chance. The two combined for the equalizer as Manneh used his lightening speed to nip in front of a defender and strip the ball off of him. He found Mattocks streaking into the box and Mattocks slipped the ball low in between the keeper’s legs into the net.

Laba nearly scored with his first ever shot...

Laba nearly scored with his first ever shot…

The Whitecaps created chance after chance in a very exciting and entertaining second half. Morales even hit the net with a shot, but fired the ball straight at the keeper who smothered the ball. Mattocks had a number of chances to score but could not get a second. His finishing touch let him down and he still needs to get four chances to score a goal. If those chances had fallen to Rivero, perhaps we would have won the match.

Late in the match Kendall Waston challenged Kamara for a high ball and went over the striker and landed straight on top of his head, causing his neck to buckle in an alarming fashion. He was immediately in intense pain, but thank God his legs were still moving. Camera was not given a card in spite of the fact he deliberately submarined Waston. The big man got away with one there and hilariously kissed the bald head of the Whitecaps physio before taking the field again.

While it was a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening, had Ousted not made the mistake he did I couldn’t help but feel we would have had three points instead of one. The big Dane has been so good this year, however, it was easy to forgive him.

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