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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s back to back results for Vancouver Whitecaps FC at B.C. Place after earning a 1-1 draw at home to the Philadelphia Union. Doneil Henry opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, only to see Kacper Przybylko score in the second half.

A crowd of 17,835 was on hand to see Whitecaps FC improve to 1-5-3 on the season.

While Vancouver created numerous scoring opportunities they had trouble finishing in the final third. Coach Marc Dos Santos was left feeling frustrated by the result.

“We did enough to win the game,” Dos Santos said post-match. “We created enough opportunites, but if you don’t finish your chances, you’re always playing on the edge. In this league the teams are good, everybody has some qualities. So you can’t play like that all the time in the edge. I felt that we did enough in the 90 minutes overall to win the game and today we lost two points.”

In his first career MLS start, Pennsylvania native, Matt Freese, made four saves. The 20-year-old, was cool under pressure as he made sure his team earned a valuable point on the road.

“It felt really great to be in net,” Freese told reporters. “Looking back at the whole game, it was definitely an exciting game. It was fast paced, especially on the turf. That was a pretty even match, both sides getting some chances. I think we played well, it wasn’t our best game, but I’m really happy that we fought back and got the point in the end.”

Yordy Reyna was the most noticeable Whitecap in the opening forty-five. The Peruvian international was had his best showing of the season. Reyna hit the crossbar in the 14th’ minute. He also had an opportunity to score in the 35′ minute, when Freese was forced into making a terrific point blank save.

“Yordy does everything that I think a number nine should do,” Dos Santos explained. “He deserves the goal, but it’s an example for the other number nines also to look at. When he doesn’t have the ball he’s very loyal to the team. He runs, he steps, he presses, not only the centre back but if their defensive midfielder has the ball, he turns and he comes in and presses them.”

Whitecaps FC broke through with the opening goal of the match in the 41 minute. Centre back, Doneil Henry smashed home a header off a Ali Adnan corner. The Union failed to cover Henry, and his second goal of the season gave Vancouver a 1-0 advantage.

Vancouver looked to double their lead after the interval. Reyna was off to the races, but he was just too fast. He chipped Freese, and began his goal celebration before his tally was called back for being offside.

“He’s always in movement,” Dos Santos said. “Always trying to make important runs. Then again he needs to be sharper when he’s around the box, but he knows that, he’s working on it. Today he deserved a goal, it’s very sad that he had to come out because I felt that we were good in the game. Coming out it forced a substitution, and we lost a bit of [momentum] once he came off.”

It wasn’t all good news for Yordy Reyna, and he was forced to exit the match in the 65′ minute. Reyna pulled up and looked to be favouring his left hamstring. He was helped off the pitch, and replaced by striker, Joaquin Ardaiz.

Philadelphia quickly tied the match 1-1 in the 66 minute. Ali Adnan lost the ball, and Kacper Przybylko was in a prime position to race in on Max Crepeau. The 26-year-old picked the perfect time to score his first career MLS goal, in his first MLS start.

“When I scored the goal, there was no feeling, but I just wanted to continue and to win the game, and to score the next goal.”

Whitecaps FC did everything they needed to do, except earn all three points. The Caps dictated play, had plenty of scoring chances, but could not break the Union. Philadelphia played a strong road match. It was clearly a match of two points lost for the home side.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Maxime Crepeau; Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Russell Teibert, Jon Erice(C), In-Boem Hwang; Victor PC Giro, 79 (Lass Bangoura), Yordy Reyna, 65 (Joaquin Ardaiz), Lucas Venuto. 4-3-3

Philadelphia Union Starting XI: Matt Freese; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya(C), Brenden Aaronson, 60 (Picault), Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Pryzbylko, David Accam, 75 (Warren Creavalle). 4-4-2


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VANCOUVER, B.C –  Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an opportunity to help open doors, shine a spotlight on mental health issues and raise awareness to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Everyone knows somebody battling mental health issues. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or what you’ve done in life. There are no days off. Mental health awareness is important and it’s crucial that people are more open to talking about it.

How important is mental health?

“Extremely important,” Whitecaps FC’s Russell Teibert told reporters this week. “It’s a topic of conversation globally now in any work place, setting. Whether it’s a kid in elementary school or someone working a nine to five job, or even in professional sports. It’s a topic that needs to be talked about.”

“We’re fortunate to have Bell as a sponsor. They’re on the front of our jerseys, our super cool jerseys. It’s important for it to be talked about. That’s what it is, Bell Let’s Talk.”

Athletes are constantly under pressure to perform and live up to their contracts. Players, fans, and media demand to see them at their best. Just like you, when you’re not always at your best, athletes sometimes don’t deliver in the crunch.

“A lot of people probably don’t even know that they suffer from something like this,” Whitecaps FC’s Doneil Henry told Har Journalist. “It’s good to just engage in conversation, and let people know that it’s good to get things of their chest and raise awareness of what it is. That’s the key.”

We live in a society with less, and less privacy. Social media is a great online tool that allows you to express yourself, but it can also cause hurt. Everyone goes through life’s challenges. Talking about those challenges can help end the stigma and raise awareness.

“I think now with even social media, information, and everything that you have as information,” Coach Marc Dos Santos explained. “Just regularly everyday, people are becoming more aware of a lot of different types of issues. It’s a good initiative from everybody to highlight that, and make everybody aware, and sensitive to a cause like this.”

The 26 year-old Teibert doesn’t want people to be afraid of opening up and sharing life’s obstacles. The more you talk about something, the less likely you are to be consumed, worried and afraid of it.

“Everyone goes through mental health,” Teibert said. “No matter who you are, how extreme, or severe, everybody goes through mental health. A friend of mine who I met through a charitable organization explained mental health the best to me.”

“Mental health is like weeds in the garden. If you don’t do the weeding in the garden, what you’re trying to grow will not prosper. If you talk about it. If you’re open with it and you understand that mental health is not something to be hidden or to be afraid of. You’ll end up being able to talk about it with ease and confidence, and know that it’s not something you should hide or fear.”

If you get hit in the head, sprain your foot, or break your hand, you get treatment and a return to play recovery schedule. There’s always a plan to bounce back from a physical injury. The same can’t be said for mental health issues. You can go to the doctor for both, but only one is generally talked about and visually seen.

That needs to change.

“If you have a hamstring strain, you do the necessary things to treat that injury,” Teibert explained. “It’s not something that…. oh the hamstring will get better on its own. It’s something that you need to address. There’s things that you can do to address your mental health. Whether that is talking about it or seeing a professional that can help you. I think the most important thing is having a strong background whether that’s your family, support team, that’s able to help you and coach you through it.”

If you need help or someone to talk to find support among your family, and friends.

“In life we go through different situations that are unique,” Dos Santos added. “It’s always good to be surrounded by good friends, family, and people that love you to make sure that you’re in the right environment to grow, and achieve your dreams regardless of the position you’re in.”

Bell Let’s Talk Day is a once a year innovative, but it’s a strong reminder that we all can do more to continue raising awareness to help our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours dealing mental health issues.

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