It was a busy night for Vancouver soccer on Wednesday as both the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-2D-6L) and the Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-4D-4L) took to the field.
The senior ‘Caps began their five game road trip, due to the Women’s World Cup, against the Montreal Impact (3W-2D-4L) in a preview of the upcoming Amway Canadian Championship final.
However, before the game even kicked off, things went awry for the Whitecaps. After a clerical error that stated Pa-Modou Kah would be in the ‘Caps Starting XI, the fourth referee informed head coach Carl Robinson that because he started Diego Rodriguez, Robinson would only have two substitutes for the remainder of the game. Although the situation was sorted out during the halftime break and Robinson was granted his full three substitutes, it was not the start to the game the Whitecaps and Robinson had anticipated.
Only 14 minutes into the first half, things went from bad to worse for the ‘Caps, as Impact striker Jack McInerney slotted the first goal of the game behind Ousted and put Montreal up 1-0.
Despite the one-goal deficit, the Whitecaps began to pile on pressure near the end of the first half. Kekuta Manneh scored late in the half, but the goal was called offside, while Darren Mattocks, playing as a lone striker for the ‘Caps, hit the crossbar.
After sorting out the clerical error during the halftime break, Robinson and his men returned to the field looking to find the equalizer with the help of their full three substitutes. Christian Techera entered the game for Nicolas Mezquida in the 63rd minute, in the 70th minute Octavio Rivero came on for Mauro Rosales, while Pedro Morales entered in the 74th minute for Russell Teibert, taking over the captain’s armband in the process.
Morales, the Whitecaps’ main penalty-taker, entered the game just in time, as Jordan Harvey was fouled in the Montreal box five minutes after Morales’ substitution. As is common for the Chilean, he calmly slotted the ball behind Montreal keeper Evan Bush to tie up the game in the 79th minute.
However, the deadlock did not last long, as the Impact’s Argentine Designated Player, Ignacio Piatti, gave Montreal the lead again in the 83rd minute to hand the Impact the full three points at the Stade Saputo. The loss was the Whitecaps’ first MLS loss to the Impact.
Shortly before the conclusion on the game in Montreal, the Thundercaps took on the Real Monarchs SLC (1W-5D-6L) at the Rio Tinto in Salt Lake City.
WFC2 hoped to emulate the senior team’s road win on the weekend against RSL, but was forced to settle for a draw after a Monarchs goal in the 92nd minute.
Despite allowing the late goal, the baby ‘Caps played well against a strong Salt Lake side, featuring RSL players Sebastian Saucedo and Lalo Fernandez, the latter of the two serving as the backup keeper for the ‘Caps-RSL MLS game on May 30th.
Caleb Clarke and Andre Lewis scored the two WFC2 goals in the 13th and 84th minute, respectively.
Both the Whitecaps and WFC2 take to the field again Saturday, as they take on the LA Galaxy and Colorado Springs Switchbacks, respectively. The Thundercaps game kicks off in Colorado at 6:00 P.M., while the senior ‘Caps start at 7:30 P.M. at the Stubhub Center.
Vancouver Whitecaps Starting XI:
Super Substitutes: Cristian Techera for Nicolas Mezquida (63′), Octavio Rivero for Mauro Rosales (70′), Pedro Morales for Russell Teibert (74′)
Unused Substitutes: Paolo Tornaghi, Christian Dean, Gershon Koffie, Robert Earnshaw
Montreal Impact Starting XI:
Super Substitutes: Maxim Tissot for Eric Alexander (63′), Nigel Reo-Coker for Jack McInerney (78′), Anthony Jackson-Hamel for Patrice Bernier (81′)
Unused Substitutes: Eric Kronberg, Bakary Soumare, Romario Williams, Victor Cabrera
Whitecaps FC 2 Starting XI:
Super Substitutes: Marco Bustos for Victor Blasco (61′), Andre Lewis for Sahil Sandhu (65′), Billy Schuler for Caleb Clarke (70′), Jovan Blagojevic for Brett Levis (75′)
Unused Substitutes: Spencer Richey, Mackenzie Pridham
Real Monarchs Starting XI:
Super Substitutes: Eti Tavares for Ricardo Velazco (62′), Alex Sundly for Fito Ovalle (75′), Garrett Losee for Maikon Orellana (82′)
Unused Substitutes: Victor Rodriguez, Jordan Murrell, Darion Copeland, Jose Navarro