Thursday, April 9, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Honors Even In Vancouver

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Columbus Crew
Vancouver will walk away from this one wondering how they only ended up with one point. Yes, they were down on two separate occasions, but the last 20 minutes of the match was all theirs, and they really should have buried a winner somewhere in there.

Both teams brought their attacking games tonight as a total of 37 shots were fired on both ends. The first to go in came for Columbus from Kei Kamara. Kamara pounced on a loose ball at the tail end of a quick counterattack from the Crew.

Octavio Rivero then did the only thing he knows how to do a few minutes after the opener, which is score goals for Vancouver. Rivero received a well placed throw in and used some fancy footwork to slot a shot inside the near post to tie the score. He now has four goals in five games to start the season.

The second half did not start well for the Caps. Keeper David Ousted took a goal kick rather quickly and, in his haste, gave it right to Crew's Justin Marem. Marem waltzed into the box and slid an easy pass across goal where Kamara was waiting to tap in his second of the night.

Vancouver's second equalizer came after a quick transition attack that was finished by Darren Mattocks. Mattocks's sliding shot came after a long ball that found Kekuta Manneh near the end line. Manneh did well to pick out the on rushing Mattocks for the goal.

It was after the score was tied 2-2 that Vancouver will really wonder how they never found goal number three. Seconds after scoring, Mattocks smashed a shot against the corner of the woodwork. He had Steve Clark beat and just couldn't get his aim quite right. Mattocks had another chance a few minutes later when he was one on one with Clark, who just managed to get a toe on the shot. Vancouver had 11 corners in total, many of them coming in the closing minutes when Columbus was merely trying to survive.

There was a scary moment towards the end of the match. Vancouver defender Kendall Watson fell awkwardly on his neck after winning a header. After squirming on the pitch for a couple minutes, he got up and was actually able to finish the match.

It was Vancouver's first draw of the season. They remain on top of the West with 13 points in six matches. It was also the first shared result for the Crew, who sit seventh in the East with four points.

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