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A Whitecaps At Austin FC 2-1 Victory Don’t Tell Me He Doesn’t Have The Gaulden Touch

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After a slow first half for the Whitecaps at Austin FC that saw the home side go ahead 1-0. The Gaulden Caps would storm back in the second half with 2 straight goals to win their first “real” road match in 16 attempts. Vancouver would control things early and pepper Austin FC with corner kicks and set pieces. Deiber Caicedo didn’t have his best service and the Caps would come away with nothing.

In the 37th minute, the home side would take advantage of a set piece of their own. Sebastian Driussi delivered in a great ball and captain Alexander Ring was able to head it freely past Maxime Crepeau. The Whitecaps would go into the half down 1-0 to Austin FC but come out of the half with an answer.

Ryan Gauld was everywhere Wednesday night with 4 shots and 3 key passes. He was able to provide the service for Jake Nerwinski to tie things at 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Then a great pass to pick out Brian White who was able to tap it in at the 74th-minute mark for the lead. Vancouver continued to look dangerous and would hold on for all 3 points. Let’s see how the match went down.

News, Notes, and Lineups

The Vancouver Whitecaps at Austin FC were forced into a certain lineup due to injury. For a more in-depth pregame analysis check out right here. Head Coach Marc Dos Santos would make one change to the lineup. the healthy Cristian Dajome would slot back in the starting 11 for Ryan Raposo who showed well the last match. He would join Brian White and Deiber Caicedo upfront. The same midfield of Russell Teibert, Janio Bikel, and Leonard Owusu looked to provide service to the front 3.

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At the back, Javain Brown and Jake Nerwinski flanked Ranko Veselinovic and veteran Andy Rose. Maxime Crepeau took his normal spot between the posts for the Whitecaps at Austin FC. Vancouver would go with the usual 4-3-3 formation.

Josh Wolff, head coach for Austin FC would make two changes to get to his lineup for Wednesday night. Both at the backline of a 4-2-3-1 formation replacing Julio Casante with Nick Lima and Jhohan Romana for Zan Kolmanic. Matt Besler and Hector Jimenez would round out the backline in front of keeper Brad Stuver.

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Alexander Ring and Daniel Pereira would sit in the holding midfield for the match with Cecilio Dominguez, Tomas Pochettino, and Diego Fagundez rounding out the midfield. Sebastian Driussi would play as the lone striker for head coach Josh Wolff.

Austin FC Holds Off An Early Wave Of Caps Corners To Take A 1-0 1st Half Lead

The Whitecaps would kick things off in the first half but it was Austin who would get the first chance. A nice cross in the 2nd minute by Nick Lima from the left-hand side but Fagundez could only get enough to send it out of touch. Vancouver would come right back and win a corner after a great Dajome chance. He was able to pick off a pass and walk-in on the net. His shot was deflected out just wide of the post. Caicedo would deliver a corner to the back of the box and Austin was able to clear.

The second chance by Teibert would be sent out for the second corner of the match. Caicedo would once again stand over it and deliver it short. It was headed away from danger by the home side. Vancouver would remain on the ball and Caicedo had a great turn down the right side. He tried to find Javain Brown on the overlap but it was put out for another corner. The 3rd corner from Caicedo and a 3rd poor delivery. Austin was almost able to counter but the final ball to Fagundez was long and Austin was forced back.

As we moved into the 7th minute Janio Bikel started to make his presence felt with a foul on Driussi. Austin used the free kick to move in on the Vancouver end but the cross was headed out for a goal kick. Vancouver would counter quickly through the midfield as Teibert would find Dajome out wide. He would win another corner for Vancouver but what great play they had from set-pieces at the beginning of the year had been lost. Caicedo would win a free kick in the 10th minute and the Whitecaps could move players forward.

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It was a decent delivery to Veselinovic but his header back into the box was grabbed easily by Stuver. After a turnover from the Caps, Austin would get a chance on target. Alex Ring would find Dominguez but his shot was right into the crest of Maxime Crepeau. Things remained scoreless as the match moved into the 14th minute. Brain White tried to work down the left side but his run was cut out as he was muscled off the ball. Caicedo and Dajome would continue to work well together. A nice cross but Dajome had his shot blocked before Austin could clear.

Vancouver looked like the hungrier team 19 minutes into the match. Caicedo would win another free-kick in Austin territory. Leonard Owusu and Caicedo would stand over the ball before a short in-swinging delivery to the front of the box. It was cleared out and Vancouver was able to try their luck on another corner. It was easily cleared but Vancouver would remain in possession. Ranko tried to attack down the right side but his pass was knocked out for a throw. Austin FC was almost able to counter in the 21st minute as Lima was able to beat the press.

The ball was worked out to the right side, but the cut-in by Hector Jimenz was intercepted and cleared to half by the Caps. Austin would take over possession momentarily before sending it out of touch for a Vancouver throw. The home side would win it back right away and send in a nice cross into the box. Crepeau had to be sharp off his line as 2 Austin attackers sat waiting. Crepeau would move things quickly to Dajome who would take on Ring down the right and eventually win a free kick in the final 3rd. Caicedo would get another chance for delivery but it didn’t trouble the expansion side.

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The match had a fast and furious pace as it moved into the 26th minute. The home side would take control and try and slow things down but it was quickly stolen by Vancouver. The counterattack would fizzle and Austin would once again start to work the ball around before Lima sent in a long ball to the box. Andy Rose was able to clear and Vancouver would start the attack. Dajome and Caicedo were feasting on the backline and almost set up a great chance for Brian White. It was blocked again but Vancouver would eventually win another corner. Vancouver would eventually waste another corner as referee Rosendo Mendoza would blow the whistle on a foul.

Austin FC would make an early substitution in the first half bringing on Jon Gallagher for Cecilio Dominguez in the 29th minute. On the restart bodies would collide as Leonard Owusu and Pochettino would come together. After treatment, they were both okay to continue and things got back going in the 33rd minute. Austin would control things once again and try and break the lines of the Whitecaps. Andy Rose was quick to step in front of a pass and knock it out for a 35th-minute throw.

The home side would start to look dangerous as the 1st half neared the end. After a Brian White turnover, Alexander Ring would settle things down and look for an opening. Austin would win a corner after Pochettino would make a great pass to find Fagundez but his cross was sent out for a corner. Driussi would deliver a great ball into the box and Ring rose above Ranko to head it in past Crepeau for the 1-0 lead in the 37th minute.

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It wasn’t the latest goal of the first half that the Whitecaps have given up this season but it was deflating nonetheless. The goal would give Austin some confidence as Fagundez would walk in and fire a shoot at Crepeau. He wasn’t closed down well by the backline but luckily the shot didn’t curl and went out for a goal kick. Vancouver looked like they were trying to limp into halftime just down 1-0. Nick Lima would give Vancouver a chance in the closing minutes of the first half. He was called for a foul on Dajome in the 43rd minute after coming over the top on the header.

Caicedo wasn’t able to get his delivery right in the first half. He would send the free-kick right to Stuver but Vancouver would keep pressing. Dajome would find some space in the middle and find White on a great run. His shot was just wide of the near side and the score would remain 1-0 for Austin FC. The 4th official would signal an added 2 minutes in the first half and Austin would almost double their lead. The Ball would get crossed into the box but Gallagher couldn’t get a good kick and Vancouver was able to clear and hold on as the halftime whistle would blow.

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A Gaulden 2nd Half From The Whitecaps At Austin FC

Marc Dos Santos would make the only change at halftime bringing on Ryan Gauld to replace Leonard Owusu in the midfield. The Whitecaps designated player had been slowly getting more time and could change this kind of match. Newfound confidence for Vancouver as they would hold possession early in the 2nd half. They would put Austin on their heels but couldn’t quite find that final ball and would leave room open for the counterattack. Austin would break in the 50th minute but Pochettino wasn’t able to pick out a target.

Ryan Gauld was adding a spark for Vancouver and they would finally test Stuver in the 51st minute. Gauld would find Dajome and his shot was parried out for a corner kick. Ryan Gauld would send it into Brian White at the back of the box. His header was dropped at the feet of Jake Nerwinski and the #KingOfTheSix would score to level things at one in the 52nd minute. Austin would try and respond quickly after the re-start winning a corner in the 55th minute. It was sent wide and Vancouver could clear for the moment.

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After the brief pressure from Austin, the Whitecaps would head right back in the other direction. A great pass from Dajome almost sprung Gauld but his first touch was heavy. Moments later he would get space to walk in and fire a shot on Stuver but it was an easy save. Pochettino would try and do things himself for the home side on the counter but his shot was over the top of Crepeau. The home side would try and spark their team as Gallagher would get on the end of a nice cross but his header was also wide of the net.

The action was end to end as we moved past the 60th minute. White would get another great chance on a cross from Caicedo but his touch was just off the mark as he had to deal with Matt Besler. After Austin would take over the ball we would see the first yellow card in the 62nd minute of the match. Dajome took down Pochettino and was put in the books by referee Mendoza. After some back and forth from both teams Vancouver would almost give up a costly turnover. Teibert was disposed by Pochettino but his side-footed effort was wide of Crepeau.

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Whitecaps At Austin FC 2nd Half Action

The Whitecaps would try and settle things down with under 25 minutes plus stoppage time to go. A quick long ball to Dajome and Romana was forced to clear it away for a corner. He connected with Stuver who was down on the pitch for several minutes. After resuming play Gauld would send in a corner but Austin was able to clear before a shot from Teibert was blocked. The Austin FC fans were making themselves heard trying to will on their side as the match moved on. Alex Ring would take a hard foul on Teibert and would get a brief chat from Mendosa.

The Whitecaps would control things as we moved into the 70th minute. Brown would get sent in on the right side and get fouled by Lima for a Vancouver free-kick. It was delivered in and floated around before Nerwinski was able to get a head on it. It was popped up and an easy save for the Austin Keeper. They would take advantage and win a 72nd-minute corner but the first chance was cleared. On the second attempt by Driussi, he would win another corner. White would clear the initial chance before clearing it out for an Austin FC throw.

The Whitecaps would use the chance to find space on the attack. Caicedo would run down the right side with loads of space and find Ryan Gauld right at the touchline. He cut it back beautifully to White at the back post and it was 2-1 for the Whitecaps at Austin FC. Tosaint Ricketts was ready to come on and replace White but he would sit down after the striker’s second goal with the squad. Just like that Vancouver had the lead in the 74th minute.

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Josh Wolff would make a double swap and replace Fagundez with Zan Kolmanic and Jimenz with Jared Stroud. Austin wouldn’t go down without a fight as Dajome would foul Pochettino but the free-kick was popped up over the net. Marc Dos Santos would take the chance to bring on Ricketts for White in the 78th minute. After the teams would send it back and forth Ryan Gauld would almost score his first goal for the Whitecaps. He was set up nicely by Dajome but Stuver was equal to the task.

Michael Baldisimo would be the 3rd sub for Marc Dos Santos, as he would replace Russell Teibert in the 81st minute. The Caps would continue on the attack as Ryan Gauld was giving me reasons to freak out on Twitter. He would be on the end of a nice Dajome pass and send another dangerous shot in on Stuver. The Austin Keeper was able to dive out and smother the shot before getting things back underway for Austin. Time was running out as we moved past the 83rd minute.

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After timidly working it around through the back. Austin FC would win a free kick in a decent spot when Janio Bikel took down Daniel Pereira. It was wasted by the home side and the Whitecaps would momentarily relieve the pressure. Austin was right back in switching from one side of the box to the other but there was no space for them to attack.

With just 5 minutes to go Josh Wolff was hesitant to go to his bench. Austin was doing their best to pressure Vancouver for the equalizing goal but Rose and Veselinovic were sure to clear everything away. Gallagher would get the most dangerous chance on a great cross from Lima. He was able to beat Veselinovic but the header didn’t even test the Whitecaps keeper and the Austin player showed his frustrations. Marc Dos Santos would make his final change bringing on Florian Jungwirth for Andy Rose in the 89th minute. Wolff would also make a change with Julio Cascante replacing Romana.

Vancouver would win a foul in the 90th minute as they were able to waste more time before sending it long out of touch. The 4th official would signal an additional 4 minutes of stoppage time as Vancouver tried to hold on amongst the boos. Javain Brown would do his best CONCACAF impression to waste additional time. Vancouver would almost win a penalty kick when Tosaint Ricketts was sprung by Ryan Gauld on the counter attack and he looked to be taken down early by Ring. Mendosa was having none of it and VAR wasn’t either.

The Whitecaps at Austin FC would take the corner kick and waste more precious time off the clock. They were able to keep their composure and hold on until the final whistle. It was a huge win for the Caps before they head back to Vancouver. They did have a bit of Vancouver down in Austin with them.

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Post Match Thoughts and Media

As usual, the gaffer was up first for media. He was in a predictively good mood following the Whitecaps at Austin FC’s 2-1 victory. He spoke about the importance of getting all 3 points from the match.

“You know we spoke about the game that you know maybe nobody but maybe only a few people believed we could be in the top 7 at the start of the season but we believed here. For us to be in the top 7, we have to take points and win games that are challenging and this was one of those games. For us, the most important thing was to give hope to our fans and when you’re in the run that were on it means that we’re building something. To come here and win a couple days before our home opener, we want to give the fans hope cause they deserve it for the support they’ve given us.”

“You know we spoke about the game that you know maybe nobody but maybe only a few people believed we could be in the top 7 at the start of the season but we believed here. For us to be in the top 7, we have to take points and win games that are challenging and this was one of those games. For us, the most important thing was to give hope to our fans and when you’re in the run that were on it means that we’re building something. To come here and win a couple days before our home opener, we want to give the fans hope cause they deserve it for the support they’ve given us.”

Marc would continue on about the play of Ryan Gauld coming off the bench and the difference he made for the squad, “Of course when you leave the game-winning 2-1 and Ryan is involved in the corner kick for the 1-1 and gets the assist for the 2-1, you’re happy but for me, it’s about the sum of the parts, Ryan Gauld isn’t Ryan Gauld without Brian’s run to the far post. Ryan Gauld isn’t Ryan Gauld without Jake’s determination at the back post. You know that’s why we signed him.”

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Ryan Gauld also spoke to the media after the Whitecaps win Wednesday night. “I think most important was getting the win, it was a great feeling after getting a lot of consecutive draws but to be able to turn one into a victory is very good and I feel good I’ve settled into the team. It’s been a very easy group to settle into, I think everyone’s happy tonight.” He was asked about having a smile on his face while on the pitch.

“That’s the way I always try to play, it doesn’t always work but we managed especially at the start of the 2nd half we created a lot of chances. I’ll always be happy enough if we create those chances and try to score.”

If he would be ready to go for a full 90 minutes Saturday night? “I mean the whole 90 might be a little bit of a push but I feel ready to play more minutes. It’s been good these last couple games to build up cause I was starting from nothing. Thankfully tonight I was able to come into the game and help the team. The humidity didn’t help, I’ve never played in that type of heat before but yea I feel ready to play more minutes.”

I asked Ryan Gauld what it will be like to play at BC Place for the first time, “I’m very excited, I’ve not been there yet, I’ve not been able to be at the stadium yet. It’ll be great to be in front of the fans. Everyone more so than me is looking forward to being back at BC Place and we got a lot of home games coming up. We’ll be looking to take as many three points as we can from those games.”

The Unnamed Moments Of The Match

Finally a win for the Vancouver Whitecaps and multiple goals. I had a lot of content to choose from tonight but I wanted to make sure to bring it back to all the Whitecaps fans patiently awaiting the return of their Football team.

The Unnamed Ryan Gauld Of The Match

Pretty obvious who this one goes to tonight as the Whitecaps defeat Austin FC 2-1. It might be hard for Marc Dos Santos to keep convincing the Media and fans that Gauld isn’t the team’s savior when he plays as he did for the Whitecaps at Austin FC. But don’t take my word for it…

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Whitecaps At Austin FC

The Unnamed Go Climb A Tree Of The Match

Getting pretty good at this troll thing Whitecaps…

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The Unnamed Moments Moment From Twitter

So I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid, just as long, as you stand by me. I was going to use a bunch of tweets but this one takes the cake and all 3 points!

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Saturday Night will see a return home for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Win, Lose or Draw make sure you learn the words and are ready to serenade the squad at the end of the match.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t get any rest as they will finally head home to BC Place for a Saturday match against LAFC. It will be the first match in front of fans at home since the season opener on February 29th, 2020. It was a leap year.

I will be over to cover your Vancouver Whitecaps so make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for all the latest news and notes ahead of Saturday’s match. Make sure to check out the latest episode of The Unnamed Sports Show as I speak with Manuel Veth of Transfermarkt about the latest Whitecaps victory, a look ahead to Saturday night, Bundesliga, and much more!

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