Vancouver 0 – Montreal 0
The Vancouver Whitecaps served up a snoozefest at BC Place Wednesday evening as both teams ground out a 0-0 draw. The Whitecaps would hit the crossbar on an attempt from Jordan Harvey off a corner kick, while Montreal’s Maxim Tissot and Jack McInerny would hit the crossbar and post respectively in the 2nd half. The draw does extend the Whitecaps unbeaten streak in MLS play to 8 games and will look to extend that streak
The Vancouver Whitecaps played host to the Montreal Impact in their first MLS action in a couple weeks. Head Coach Carl Robinson Started with David Ousted in net, Carlyle Michell at right back, Johnny Leveron and Andy O’Brien in the center of defence with Jordan Harvey at left back.. Matias Laba and Gershon Koffie occupied defensive midfield duties, Pedro Morales was in an attacking midfield role with Erik Hurtado up top, and Darren Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh on the wings.
Montreal would have the first good chance on goal, with David Ousted having to make a big save on Hassoun Camara, who tipped a Maxim Tissot shot from point-blank range.
In the 10th minute Tissot would earn a yellow card for a foul on Kekuta Manneh, who was attempting to launch a counter attempt. Montreal would continue to press and would acore a goal in the 12th minute, only to have the goal called back due to a Montreal player fouling a Vancouver player in the box. Montreal would continue to carry the play in the first 20 minutes as Vancouver failed to really get in the match.
Darren Mattocks would get the first good chance on goal but his shot would go wide, hit the back board behind the net and ripple the netting, with half the crowd thinking it was in the net, and cheering for about a minute before reailzing that no goal was scored on the play.
Jack McInerny would get the next good chance on goal for Montreal as he latched on to the end of an anywhere goes clearance by his defenced and shot towards David Ousted but the shot would go wide on the short side.
Darren Mattocks would respond with a shot on goal in the 30th minute but his low shot would be straight at Montreal keeper Troy Perkins who made the easy save.
Andres Romero would earn a yellow card for a foul on David Ousted in the 33rd minute as both players ran towards the ball as it entered the Vancouver box. Ousted took a kick to the face but would be able to continue.
Near the end of the first half there would be a scramble in the box, with Montreal getting a couple chances on goal but Ousted coming up big again to save his backline. In a first half that was admittedly difficult to watch, the score remained 0-0.
The Whitecaps would start the 2nd half with attacking intent as Kekuta Manneh tested Troy Perkins with a shot right after the restart. Perkins would palm the ball away for a corner, but the Whitecaps would waste the corner opportunity. The Whitecaps would earn a free kick after that and Pedro Morales would take a low shot on goal that Perkins would push just wide of the post.
On 61 minute Carl Robinson made his first substitution with Sebastian Fernandez coming on for the largely ineffective Kekuta Manneh. A few minutes later Issey Nakajima-Ferran would be forced to come off with an injury with Eric Miller to replace him for the Impact.
In the 72nd minute Darren Mattocks had another chance on goal after a good run from Gershon Koffie but his effort was wide. Montreal then went the other way and Maxim Tissot’s looping shot looped over David Ousted but hit the crossbar. Back the other way Gershon Koffie would be fouled in midfield and Gorka Larrea would earn a yellow card, but the free kick from the Whitecaps would be wasted. Larrea would be subbed off right after for Wandrille Lefevre. In the 76th minute it would be the Whitecaps turn to hit the crossbar, with Morales’ delivery from the corner evenutally finding Jordan Harvey, who’s attempt hit the cross bar and then landed on top of goal.
Montreal would hit the post in the 80th minute with Jack McInerny’s effort taking a delfection upon the way. Heading the other way, the Whitecaps would earn a corner kick but Erik Hurtado would go off with an injury to be replaced by Omar Salgado. Montreal would respond by bringing off Patrice Bernier and bringing on Santiago Gonzalez. The resulting corner would end up being wasted by the Whitecaps again.
Gershon Koffie would earn a yellow card in stoppage time for a foul near midfield on the far sideline, and that would be the final notable contribution to the match as it ended in a 0-0 draw. David Ousted earned man of the match honours, and the Whitecaps play again this weekend in Colorado against the Colorado Rapids Saturday evening at 6pm.