10 Man Vancouver Whitecaps battle back back to claim a much needed point against Colorado Rapids.
After losing against Seattle Sounders last week, Coach Carl Robinson found himself seeking a turn-around to a season rapidly sliding out of reach.
Things looked like they were going to go bad when in the eighth minute, Dominique Badji shot from the edge of the box, put the Rapids one up.
However the ‘Caps managed to hold the scoreline until the 51st minute, when Kendall Waston scored his third of the season, heading in a corner from Christian Bolaños. Six minutes later the game turned when Waston was adjudged to have brought down Dominique Badji inside the box, for which the referee, having decided Waston denied a goal scoring opportunity, sent him off. Shkelzen Gashi had no trouble converting the penalty sending Ousted the wrong way.
The Rapids must have thought that this one was in the bag, but they hadn’t counted on Erik Hurtado (my personal choice for Man of the Match), with his ‘never give up’ attitude, worked hard on the left side, for Barnes to set up Pedro Morales for an easy tap in, to pull the ‘Caps level again.
Not five minutes had passed when the Whitecaps concede a soft free-kick just outside the Penalty Area, Gashi steps up to put it over the wall and past a diving David Ousted for the Rapids to pull ahead for the third time.
Just when it looked like the three points would go to Colorado, in the final minute of time added on, Erik Hurtado got his head onto Jordan Harvey’s deflected cross to tie the game for the third and final time of the night.
For the Whitecaps to make play-offs they are reliant upon too many results being favourable from other teams. Carl Robinson should concentrate his efforts into this Wednesday Champions League Game against Central FC, in the hope that they can get a good draw going into the next round.
Sunday October 2nd at 5:00pm, Whitecaps next home MLS game is the rematch against Cascadia Rivals Seattle Sounders, always worth watching.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Giles Barnes
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
8′ – COL – Dominique Badji (Marlon Hairston, Sam Cronin)
51′ – VAN – Kendall Waston (Christian Bolaños)
57′ – COL – Shkelzen Gashi (Penalty kick)
70′ – VAN – Pedro Morales (Giles Barnes, Erik Hurtado)
75′ – COL – Shkelzen Gashi
90’+3′ – VAN – Erik Hurtado
Possession: Vancouver 48.7% – Colorado 51.3%
Shots: Vancouver 16 – Colorado 10
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 – Colorado 4
Saves: Vancouver 1 – Colorado 3
Fouls: Vancouver 13 – Colorado 12
Offsides: Vancouver 0 – Colorado 2
Corners: Vancouver 9 – Colorado 2
39′ – COL – Michael AziraEdgar
74′ – VAN – Jordan Harvey
77′ – VAN – Matías Laba
87′ – COL – Dominique Badji
56′ – VAN – Kendall Waston
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 6.Jordan Smith (26.Tim Parker 59′), 18.David Edgar, 4.Kendall Waston, 2.Jordan Harvey; 7.Christian Bolaños (17.Andrew Jacobson 64′), 15.Matías Laba (11.Nicolás Mezquida 84′), 77.Pedro Morales ©, 67.Alphonso Davies; 28.Giles Barnes, 19.Erik Hurtado
1.Tim Howard; 33.Jared Watts, 4.Marc Burch, 44.Axel Sjoberg, 3.Eric Miller; 94.Marlon Hairston (7.Sebastien LeToux 81′), 8.Dillon Powers (10.Marco Pappa 86′); 11.Shkelzen Gashi (5.Mekeil Williams 89′), 22.Michael Azira, 6.Sam Cronin ©; 14.Dominique Badji