Photo Credit D. Laird Allan/Sportswave
A cool Saturday evening and the roof was closed at BC Place for the match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS action.
It was Indigenous night at BC Place for the Whitecaps who were honouring Truth and Reconciliation held two days prior.
On this night Orange was the colour of the evening!!
Normally three goals means that everyone throws their hat on the ice, but in this case the hat’s would have been hard pressed to hit the pitch given the three goal performance from Whitecaps Brian White.
While it’s a team game, it’s fair to mention that he alone led the Vancouver Whitecaps in the decisive three-nil rout over San Jose in a match that was set aside as Indigenous Night that had over 500 First Nations members in attendance..
Prior to the start of the match Vanni Sartini (acting head coach) saw him make six changes in the prior nil-nil match against the Houston Dynamo FC in a mid-week match-up.
Sartini put Florian Jungwirth back in the lineup replacing centre back Michael Baldisimo while also subbing in right wingback Bruno Gaspar replacing Javain Brown.
Changes seemed inevitable at this point given the way the Caps were continuing to attack with changes still not finished.
Centre back Russell Teibert re-entered the game sending right centre midfielder Janio Bikel, while Ryan Gauld was re-entered for Ryan Raposo at centre attacking midfield. .
The ‘Caps controlled the game at the start (as Laird mentioned) for about the first 10 or 15 minutes that saw Teibert manage to cross one over to Gault who managed to get a shot only to be turned aside.
Rebounds are the next best thing to scoring and in this case it was Leo Owusu who sent a cross to Gauld only to be stopped, but allowed White to jump on the rebound putting the Whitecaps up 1-nil at the half.
Caps newest member White played exceptional as he was able to get a header off Caicedo’s free kick in the 59th minute, which was followed up by his third of the match in the 73rd minute off a corner from Ryan Gauld.night, as the ‘Caps in-season acquisition would use his head to put the match away.
This game was all Whitecaps in a match that featured hockey overtones at times with the officials earning their pay to control the match, all due to frustration
Vancouver now travels down the I-5 October 9th (Saturday) to take on the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field with the kickoff at 6 pm.
MATCH NOTES (Thanks to Vancouver Whitecaps Media Relations)
Brian White tied his career high with nine goals in an MLS season.
Maxime Crépeau kept their third straight clean sheet extending their shutout streak to 332 minutes and also set a new career high with his sixth clean sheet of the season.
GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Brian White
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauziere
26′ – VAN – Brian White
59′ – VAN – Brian White (Déiber Caicedo)
73′ – VAN – Brian White (Ryan Gauld)
Possession: VAN 40.1% – SJ 59.9%
Shots: VAN 17 – SJ 11
Shots on Goal: VAN 6 – SJ 5
Saves: VAN 5 – SJ 3
Fouls: VAN 14 – SJ 12
Offsides: VAN 2 – SJ 2
Corners: VAN 4 – SJ 4
19′ – VAN – Leonard Owusu
57′ – VAN – Florian Jungwirth
57′ – SJ – Eric Remedi
90’+2 – SJ – Shea Salinas
90’+5 – VAN – Javain Brown
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