Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Colorado Rapids: Caps edge Rapids, clinch postseason birth

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One game in 100 words: When the clock struck 45 minutes and the Vancouver Whitecaps hadn’t scored a goal, they must have realized they’re postseason desires we’re only another half away from disappearing. In the 70th minute, the necessary goal arrived, and from that point on, the Caps kept the pressure strong on the Colorado Rapids, a squad that understandably had little motivation following their elimination from the playoffs in the beginning of October. Colorado did have a burst of offensive life near the 90 minute mark, but the Whitecaps were the better team from a both a possession and shots-on-goal standpoint, and at the renowned BC Place, fans urged their team back to the playoffs.

 

Goals

Vancouver: Kendall Waston 70’

Colorado: None

 

Moments that mattered

88’ — Ousted stays alert in net — The ball rebounded off several players, but the Caps couldn’t effectively clear it, and Gabriel Torres utilized the advantage. Desperation compelled the Panamanian forward to strive for the long-range try, crushing a strong volley that was powerful but too low to the ground. Even then, Ousted was force to warily position himself to smack this undertaking out of danger.

70’ — Waston the hero — He didn’t strike a dramatic late-winner, but Vancouver defender Kendall Waston did what was necessary to bury a timely goal when midfielder Pedro Morales bent a corner kick toward the five-yard box, and Waston extended his entire body into a group of Rapids players, muscling the header into the net. The crowd erupted in joy, and the Costa Rican celebrated, pumping his fists in excitement.

46’+1’ — Eloundou with the great effort, Ousted is there — Eloundou had a small lane of space on the wind, and when he cut into the middle of the pitch from the wing, it was just a matter of picking his shot. The forward danced horizontally, side-stepping Rapids defenders before uncorking a right-footed effort just on the outskirts of the penalty area. Ousted, though, came up big again, lengthening to his right in order to parry away the attempt.

 

Lineups

Vancouver: David Ousted; Steven Beitashour (Sam Adekugbe 33’), Andy O’Brien, Kendall Waston, Jordan Harvey; Russell Teibert (Kekuta Manneh 56’), Matias Laba, Mauro Rosales, Pedro Morales, Sebastian Fernandez; Darren Mattocks (Erik Hurtado 66’)

Colorado: Clint Irwin; Marvell Wynne (Davy Armstrong 42’), Zat Knight, Shane O’Neill, Chris Klute; Dillon Serna, Nick LaBrocca, Marlon Hairston, Carlos Alvarez; Gabriel Torres, Charles Eloundou (Deshorn Brown 60’)