Vancouver 2 (Rivero, Mattocks) – Columbus 2 (Kamara 2)
The Vancouver Whitecaps fell behind twice in the match but managed to come back both times through Octavio Rivero in the first half and Darren Mattocks in the 2nd half. The Whitecaps dominated the last half of the match but were unable to find a winner. The Whitecaps do have some injury concerns going into their next match on Saturday as Diego Rodriguez came off with a quad injury, and Kendall Waston fell awkwardly on his head near the end of the match as he tried to head the ball in midfield. Darren Mattocks was named Man of the Match with a goal and an assist, and created numerous chances throughout the match.
Fresh off a 2-0 win over the MLS champion LA Galaxy, the current MLS leaders the Vancouver Whitecaps hosted the Columbus Crew under an open roof at BC Place Wednesday evening. Head Coach Carl Robinson made a couple of changes to his starting 11, with Diego Rodriguez returning from suspension in the center of defence and Darren Mattocks taking Kekuta Manneh’s spot on the wing.
Columbus winger Justin Meram put a scare into the Whitecaps early, getting in on goal against David Ousted and putting the ball wide of the far post when scoring seemed easier.
Just 15 minutes into the match, the Whitecaps were forced to make their first substitution, with Pa-Modou Kah coming in for Diego Rodriguez, who looked to have pulled his groin. Kendall Waston then earned a yellow card in the 17th minute for stopping Kei Kamara after Kah carlessly gave up the ball in the Whitecaps end.
Columbus made Vancouver pay for another defensive lapse in the box on 24 minutes, with Kamara latching on to a loose ball and slotting it past David Ousted to give the Crew a 1-0 lead. On the play Russell Teibert seemed to have injured himself but managed to walk off on his own.
On 29 minutes the Whitecaps earned their first corner, with Pa-Modou Kah getting a foot onto it but putting it right to Crew keeper Steve Clark.
In the 31st minute the Whitecaps tied it via a goal by Octavio Rivero, who let Darren Mattocks’ throw in run into the box before placing his shot short side past Clark and into the net to tie the match 1-1.
In the 33rd minute Ousted was forced to come up big off a 2nd chance off a corner, as he was one on one with a Columbus player but rushed out to deny the chance and keep the match 1-1. Both teams would trade chances as the half came to a close, with the match tied at 1-1 at half time.
At the start of the 2nd half Columbus made their first subsitution, with Wil Trapp coming off for Mohammed Saeid.
50 minutes in and Columbus converted a gift from David Ousted, who threw out the ball right to Justin Meram, who’s pass found Kei Kamara in the box, and Kamara wrong-footed Ousted to give the Crew a 2-1 lead.
On 53 minutes Hector Jimenez earned a yellow card for pulling down Darren Mattocks in midfield, the first for Columbus.
In the 56th minute Kekuta Manneh came on for Nicolas Mezquida and almost had an instant impact, finding Pedro Morales with a pass to the edge of the box, but Morales was only able to shoot it straight into the path of Steve Clark. Matias Laba almost tied it soon after with a volley from about 25 yards out but his shot went over the bar and hit the top netting. Vancouver would pile on the pressure and tie the match in the 64th minute, after a long pass from Kah hit a streaking Kekuta Manneh. Manneh would then lay off for Darren Mattocks who put it past the keeper to tie the match 2-2. While announcing the Mattocks goal, Darren had a chance to make it two after pouncing on a loose ball but would ring it off the post and out.
Vancouver now had the run of play as Columbus prepared a double substitution in the 68th minute. Mattocks almost had another one, holding off two defenders and getting a shot on goal, but Steve Clark managed to get a toe on it and push it out for a corner. Columbus made two substitutions before the corner, Chad Barson for Hector Jimenez and Kristinn Steindorrson for Ben Speas. On the corner it would be Vancouver getting a 2nd chance after the corner was cleared through an Octavio Rivero header which Clark managed to keep out.
In the 72nd minute Tyson Wahl earned a yellow card for impeding the progress of Rivero in midfield.
It was one way traffic pretty much from then on for the Whitecaps, minus one counterattack from the Crew in which David Ousted had to come out and clear but otherwise it was the Whitecaps with all the chances.
In the 86th minute there was a scary moment for ‘Caps fans as Kendall Waston would land awkwardly on the pitch after going end over end over Kei Kamara and landing on his head. Waston would stay down on the pitch for a couple minutes before walking towards the sidelines and eventually returning to play.
The 4th official would call four minutes of added time, with Robinson calling on Robert Earnshaw once again to get a late winner. Earnshaw would come on for Darren Mattocks before a Whitecaps corner. The Whitecaps would pile on the pressure but would be unable to come up with a winner, the match ending in a 2-2 draw. The Whitecaps will now travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes Saturday evening at the new Avaya Stadium.