The Vancouver Whitecaps earn a late 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER, B.C – The Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 in front of a crowd of 19,612 fans at BC Place, mainly thanks to a fortunate penalty awarded against Nat Borchers for hand ball as the game drew to a close.

The Whitecaps fell behind in the second half through a superb Olmes Garcia cracker, and were saved from defeat courtesy of that Camilo Sanvezzo penalty kick goal in the 84 minute.

The Whitecaps looked a little anxious early on in the match with Nigel Reo-Coker being called for two quick fouls in the opening four minutes of the game.

The Whitecaps then began to press forward, and as a result they had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the ninth minute. Y.P. Lee fired on goal from just inside the box, and Real Salt Lake goalie Nick Rimando had to dive in the air just to get his right hand on the South Korean right back’s effort.

On the ensuing corner the Whitecaps should have opened the scoring however Camilo Sanvezzo was denied twice by the RSL defence before having his third attempt on target miss the net and go out of play.

Camilo was playing as if he was destined to score in this match, and he had another great chance in the first half. Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler was given a yellow card for tripping up Corey Hertzog just outside the Real Salt Lake box. Camilo stepped up, and rifled the ball towards the top left corner.

Once again Nick Rimando was up for the challenge denying Camilo for the third time in the half. In the 25 minute Camilo sent a slow ball towards the RSL net that appeared to be nothing at all, but Rimando wasn’t taking any chances as he stretched out to deny the ball from entering the net just inside the bottom left post.

Finally the visitors were able to poke the ball past Cannon in the 32′ minute however the Joao Plata goal attempt was called back for offside.

Shortly before that their captain, Kyle Beckerman had to be substituted off in the 31′ minute.

Yordany Alvarez came on amid speculation that Beckerman dislocated a rib in practice earlier this week.

After the match, Kreis took the blame, and talked about himself in the third person.

“Kyle had picked up an injury actually on Thursday and it was real questionable as to whether we were going to play him. I believe that the coach made an error and played him when he probably should have taken a moderate approach and not played him because it cost us a substitution.”

With the roof open at BC Place Stadium, the sun finally made a showing just as the second half began.

The Whitecaps had an early chance to strike off a corner. The ball ricocheted, and landed directly at the feet of Reo-Coker. The Whitecaps captain gave it a good boot, but his shot attempt was no match for Nick Rimando. He easily punched the ball away and seemed set for a clean sheet on what was becoming a frustrating afternoon for the Caps.

Sensing that his team was struggling to score Whitecaps Coach Martin Rennie decided to bring on his leading goal scorer from 2012, Darren Mattocks.

But it was not this substitution that helped break the stalemate. In the 55 minute Real Salt Lake Coach, Jason Kreis swapped in Olmes Garcia for Plata.

A few minutes later Javier Morales worked a give and go with Garcia that resulted in a wonder goal from distance. Garcia was left unmarked, and was able to step into a curling shot which he sent into the top left corner above and beyond a leaping but helpless Joe Cannon.

Garcia was issued a yellow card after scoring his first goal in MLS, for taking off his kit. Garcia had a t-shirt on with a picture of a dear friend (Alejandra) who passed away in December at the age of 18.

“When I started playing, my friend who was close to my heart. We had a really good friendship and unfortunately she died on December 1 and that’s why when I scored my first goal here I dedicated it to her,” he said after the final whistle.

To the Whitecaps credit they still continued to push forward in an effort to tie the game after a deflating goal by Real Salt Lake. Russell Teibert curled a cross into the box that Darren Mattocks was able to head. The ball was sent directly over to Whitecaps left back Alain Rochat. He was left all alone to the right of Rimando. Rochat had all the time in the world but could only hit the side netting.

The equalizer had more than a touch of good fortune about it for Vancouver.

Real Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers slipped and fell on the turf at BC Place. When he went down his arm, and his hand touched the ball, with two separate contacts both accidental. The Whitecaps were relieved to see Canadian referee Drew Fischer award a penalty.

The man with the most missed chances of anybody on the pitch Camilo scored the penalty just inside the post to knot the game at 1-1.

The match finished level and the Whitecaps escaped with another lackluster performance. In the end they were able to draw, and earn a point but the goal is to come away with 3 points every time you step onto the pitch at home.

Tonight a home pitch advantage penalty kick saved a point after two home wins.

My Man of the Match: Camilo Sanvezzo

WhitecapsFC XI:  4-2-3-1 – Joe Cannon; Young-Pyo Lee, Andy O’Brien, Brad Rusin, Alain Rochat; Nigel Reo-Coker ©, Jun Marques Davidson; Russell Teibert, Camilo, Daigo Kobayashi; Corey Hertzog.

Notes: Real Salt Lake Coach Jason Kreis confirmed that Kyle Beckerman left the game with a rib injury. Whitecaps striker Corey Hertzog picked up an injury to his left calf. The Vancouver Whitecaps will travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday, April 20 at 5:30pm PT.

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