Whitecaps vs Quakes

2-1 Comeback Win Whitecaps vs Quakes Saturday Night: Ali Adnan "Best Player"

The Whitecaps vs Quakes Came From Behind For The 2-1 Win

The Vancouver Whitecaps vs Quakes were able to move up in the MLS Western Conference standings thanks to a huge 2-1 come from behind victory. After A 24th minute goal by Carlos Fierro to give San Jose the first-half lead. Vancouver would re-group and come out as the more dangerous natural disaster.

The second half would see an amazing free-kick goal by Ali Adnan "Best Player". Only to be followed in the 57th minute with a Tosaint Ricketts goal to give the Whitecaps vs Quakes the 2-1 lead. They would look the more threatening team as the match would go on but couldn't get that 3rd goal. They also didn't let San Jose get the second goal and equal them in the standings with 24 points.

Whitecaps vs Quakes
Whitecaps vs Quakes

News, Notes, and Lineups Whitecaps vs Quakes

The Whitecaps vs Quakes would make 2 changes to the lineup that fell 1-0 to the Galaxy. Janio Bikel slots back into the midfield with Leonard Owusu after serving his suspension. The second change is Tosaint Ricketts starting on the right wing with Cristian Dajome moving over to the left. Russell Teibert would come out of the lineup along with Micahel Baldisimo.

Marc Dos Santos would go once again with the 4-4-2 formation. Lucas Cavallini and Fredy Montero have shown that they have chemistry. The Whitecaps would need it Saturday evening. "Best Player" Ali Adnan, Erik Godoy, Ranko Veselinovic, and Jake Nerwinski make up the back four. Evan Bush gets his fourth straight start since coming over from Montreal.

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Matias Almeyda would deploy his usual straight vertical line formation...

Whitecaps vs Quakes

No changes from the 0-0 draw against the Sounders last weekend. A 4-1-4-1 formation as usual for the Quakes. They would look to press hard without the ball in their man-marking defense.

James Marcinkowski starts in net and has taken over the starting role from Daniel Vega. Oswaldo Alanis and Florian Jungwirth start at center backs. With Nick Lima and Tommy Thompson playing left and right backs. Judson will play his normal holding role with Jackson Yueill and Andy Rios playing above. Cristian Espinoza and Carlos Fierro will flank the wings with the dangerous veteran Chris Wondolowski up top.

Quakes Hold Early And Take a 1-0 Lead Against Whitecaps

Thins would start off with an early foul on Vancouver to Godoy on Espinoza. Vancouver would win an early corner in the 2nd minute. Adnan's delivery was cleared away by the Quakes. The Whitecaps were using a very high press to start off the game. San Jose was able to break and get a cross into the box but it was harmless and cleared in the 5th minute. The teams would trade the ball back and forth as the game would open up a bit.

With both teams trying to pressure so much it was providing a lot of space on the counter. San Jose would try and push into the box in the 8th minute, with bodies going to the ground referee Marcos de Oliveira would have teams play on. Vancouver would rush back and Nerwinski had a cross in the 10th minute but Vancouver just couldn't get a decent chance. It was the Quakes chance to force a turnover but the shot by Espinoza was well wide of the net in the 12th minute.

Thirteen minutes in and Vancouver was holding 70 percent of possession and getting some decent crosses into the box. San Jose would counter with a great switch to the left side. but Tommy Thompson's cross was knocked down, and then grabbed by Evan Bush. Cavallini would come back with a shot for the "home" side but it was wide and didn't test Marcinkowski. The most dangerous chance of the match early came in the 18th minute. Fierro switched it perfectly and it was headed down to Wondowlowski. He laid it off for Espinoza but the shot was poor and well over the net.

The first shot on target would come in the 20th minute from the Whitecaps. Dajome broke in on the counter and forced Marcinkowski to make a save. Could have made a better decision with Cavallini and Ricketts both in the box. He would have a similar chance down the left side and do the exact same thing with more players in the box. San Jose would earn their first corner of the match in the 23rd minute. Ranko was forced to clear it out of danger. Espinoza would whip it in near post but there was a foul on the play.

San Jose would take the lead thanks to some poor defending by Vancouver. Ali Adnan would lose Espinoza down the wing, he had acres of space to run into before a cross into the box. Nerwinski went long and it sailed over his head right to Fierro. 1-0 Quakes in the 24th minute and they would almost strike again right after.

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The Whitecaps vs Quakes would try and settle things down after the goal. They would get their most dangerous spell in the 30th minute but Monteros shot was blocked. Nerwinski was called for a foul and San Jose would take back control. Vancouver would try again in the 34th minute but the product in the final third just was not there. Montero would be called for a foul and the Quakes would rush back and earn another corner kick in the 36th minute. Vancouver was able to clear before Lima put the second phase well over the net.

With the 1-0 lead, San Jose had backed up their lines a bit and was allowing space for Vancouver. A dangerous cross in the 40th minute but there was no support in the box and it rolled out the other side. Espinoza would put it out of touch to give Vancouver the ball right back. The Quakes were the more aggressive team as the half would wind down. Looking to double their lead before the half would wind down.

One added minute to the half and Judson would be called for a foul to give Vancouver 30 seconds or so to equalize. The ball was sent it long by Montero and Adnan tried to head it across the goal but there was a foul and the referee would blow things down. "We have to defend better, at the end of the day their goal came from a mistake." MDS would say at halftime. After a strong start, Vancouver would end the half with only 37% of the possession.

2nd Half Wave As The Whitecaps vs Quakes Battle Back

The second half of the Whitecaps vs Quakes would get underway with a quick foul by Montero. San Jose would get the first chance in the 48th minute but Thompson had his shot blocked before it rolled to Bush. Vancouver would try and hold the ball and work it through a channel but San Jose was keeping tight. A foul on Lima against Ricketts would give the Caps a free Kick and Ali Adnan would step up. Cue a bit of absolute magic from the Iraqi International.

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The amazing free-kick would tie up the match at 1 in the 51st minute. It would also spark the whitecaps who would continue to press against the Quakes winning a corner in the 54th minute. It was sent out of touch by Godoy and San Jose tried to slow things down. They would give it right back and Montero tried to float the ball from the left side. Cavallini was able to get on it at the back post but he was too far and sent it out for a goal kick.

Vancouver would get their deserved goal moments later in the 57th minute. Dajome would make a nice turn and let Cavallini draw the defenders with his run. Dajome shot was parried away but Ricketts was right there to bury the rebound and Vancouver was up 2-1. You could see the momentum of the match shifting Vancouver would win a 60th-minute corner. It was cleared and the second phase gave San Jose a chance to counter. Espinoza was able to test Bush but it was from a terrible angle.

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The Earthquakes were not going away as they would start attacking in the 63rd minute. Several shots were blocked and cleared in front of Evan Bush. nervous times for Whitecaps fans who saw the very same San Jose squad come back in dramatic fashion. Espinoza would whip the ball in from the right side, Bush was hesitant off his line and Thompson was able to win his team a corner. The 67th-minute corner was cleared away but San Jose would continue the attack.

A second straight corned in the 68th was gobbled up easily by Bush. Vancouver would counter and almost make it 3-1. Ricketts was on the end of a cross by Nerwinski but was just beaten to it by Marcinkowski. It was his late bit of work before being subbed off for Teibert in the 69th minute. Nice! More press for the 3rd goal by Vancouver as Ranko Veselinovic would drive into the box and create a chance for Cava. He had his shot blocked and then Adnan was called for a foul.

This would give Almeyda a chance to make his first substitutions. Shea Salinas and Marcos Lopez would come on for Thompson and Lima. Vancouver would win 2 corners right after in the 73rd minute but they were both cleared. San Jose tried to counter but Jake Nerwinski was a step for step with Espinoza and forced the ball out of touch. Whitecaps vs Quakes would get a dangerous chance to counter in the 76th minute. Dajome was able to get it to Cavallini but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Things would continue on in the 78th minute with Vancouver trying to hold as much of the ball as they could. They were forcing San Jose to make mistakes and leave themselves open for the 3rd goal. Cavallini would get another chance but would send it wide and out of touch. Marcinowski got things going quickly but eventually San Jose would be able to make 2 more changes. Cade Cowell would come on for Espinoza while Siad Haji would replace Jungwirth in the 80th minute.

2-1 Comeback Win Whitecaps vs Quakes Saturday Night: Ali Adnan "Best Player" 1
Whitecaps vs Quakes

San Jose would earn a corner in the 81st minute but Salinas sent the delivery right to Evan Bush. Things would get a bit physical as Lopez was shown the first yellow card of the match in the 82nd minute. It would be foul after foul as we ticked on into the 85th minute of play. The Whitecaps vs Quakes were holding onto their 2-1 lead and doing a great job of holding onto the ball. An 86th minute foul on Haji and San Jose would have 5 minutes plus stoppage time to try and tie things up.

Montero would do some great work down in the corner to kill time but would come up with a cramp. Theo Bair would come on to replace Fredy in the 89th minute. Vancouver was doing a great job overall to keep holding the ball and attacking. Not letting off the front foot was great to see. The Caps would win a corner in the 90th minute and would deliver a ball into the box. It was cleared away as 4 minutes were added to the end of the match. Teibert would be called for a late foul and shown a yellow card in the 1st added minute.

Whitecaps vs Quakes
Whitecaps vs Quakes

The free-kick was a shot that Bush had to be sharp with to clear. It was sent out for a corner and that was also cleared away by Vancouver. Owusu would be shown a yellow card for a foul in midfield on Wondolowski. MDS would bring on Andy Rose and Cristian Guttierez for Cavallini and Adnan in a defensive sub. San Jose would press on bringing everyone up for the attack. The clock would tick on past the 4 minutes and Vancouver would hold on till the final whistle to take it 2-1.

Post Match Comments

Marc Dos Santos Spoke about the match,

"I thought the first half was an even game. But the thing is that we struggled a lot in the pressure from the front, our two wide players were guessing too much and almost man-marking almost got into the game of San Jose. And then that gives space to [Andy] Rios in pockets and to [Cristian] Espinoza in pockets, and defensively we struggled with that."

"When we had the ball and we started to run with the ball in space to try to beat the one v one there was very little movement off the ball from the other players. We addressed that at halftime, our wingers did a better job tucking inside and defending better those areas. We also were much more mobile in our offensive organization, more movement."

On Ali Adnan's free kick in the second half to tie the match, "I know how Ali needs a certain distance. Ali not all the time on a free kick. If he's very close to the goal is maybe not his best. When he has a little bit of distance. the way he hits the ball is very dangerous. He scored a goal against New England in preseason, a little bit this distance, and even if you remember in MLS is Back he had a free kick more or less that distance that Tim Melia saved and it could have been very dangerous."

Tosaint Ricketts when I asked him about the message to the younger players in the dressing room, “I said it's not over until it's over. We're in it. We fought back this whole season. There's been a lot of adversity to go through, players leaving, our group being separated during the MLS is Back Tournament. A lot of obstacles that we have to overcome, being away from our families, living in Portland."

"There's a lot of obstacles that are going against us right now but you know it's an opportunity, an opportunity to show what type of group we are, what type of organization we are. And what we believe we can be now and in the future. So, we're fighting for every point, we're fighting to be in the playoffs, and we'll keep fighting until the end.”

I know Ranko wants a goal so I asked him about his second half rush into the box for Whitecaps vs Quakes.

"Well I tried. I was in a tough position and I thought to shoot with my left foot, but I saw the players there so I tried. I'm gonna see on the video how it looked."

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The Whitecaps vs Quakes were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory which means I have good stuff to work with for my Unnamed Sports Show Points.

Post Media Moment Of The Match

Selfishly I give the post media moment of the match to me! I asked Marc Dos Santos about his reaction after the Whitecaps vs Quakes victory, "I had three Red Bulls before the game. I don't know what time I'm going to go to bed today."

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Honorable mention to AFTN as Marc was very concerned where he had been. They had a friendly dialogue for a couple of minutes. Keep in touch Michael, come on man!

Ali Adnan "Best Player"

Despite the defensive lapse in the first half against Espinoza. Ali Adnan showed why he is a Designated Player at left-back. He struck a beautiful free-kick from 30-35 yards out to tie the game and give the Whitecaps vs Quakes all the momentum.

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Highlight Of The Night

It happened to come right when I was waiting for the post game quotes. It was spectacular! The Whitecaps danced right into their hotel tonight to end the evening! Spirits are high for the squad after 3 wins in 4 matches.

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The Whitecaps vs Quakes are able to hold on for a 2-1 victory. They have the playoffs in their hands but a tough match Tuesday against Seattle Sounders and next weekend against the Portland Timbers could cause problems. Make sure to tune into Sports Talk Line and follow me on Twitter for the latest from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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