Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

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From Beautiful Starlight Stadium The Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC in the Canadian Championship round of 16. It was an exciting moment for the Canadian Premier League side who looks to continue their great season. For the Vancouver Whitecaps, it was the second straight disappointing loss in the Canadian Championship to a CanPL squad.

The match leaves a tonne of questions for Whitecaps fans, management, and maybe ownership who was in attendance Thursday night in Victoria.

Both Teams Go With Strong Lineups

The Whitecaps would come with a strong lineup as expected against Pacific FC. Three changes from the starting lineup against LAFC and a new 4-2-3-1 formation. Maxime Crepeau started between the sticks with the same backline as the 2-1 victory over LAFC. Jake Nerwinski, Andy Rose, Ranko Veselinovic, and Javain Brown are at the back from left to right. Canadian Patrick Metcalfe got the start in midfield with Janio Bikel.

Ryan Gauld would get his first start as a Vancouver Whitecap with Cristian Dajome and Ryan Raposo on the wings. Brian White would play as the lone striker in the formation. Michael Baldisimo and Cristian Gutierrez were both unavailable due to injuries for the match.

Pacific FC would go with 3 changes as well after Pa-Modou Kah’s side fell 2-1 against Cavalry FC. It was also a strong side despite missing Marco Bustos who was out with an injury. PFC would go with Callum Irving in net with Kadin Chung, Lukas Macnaughton, Abdou Samake, and Jordan Haynes at the back from right to left.

Captain Jamar Dixon would be joined in the midfield by Manuel Aparicio and Alessandro Hojabrpour. The front 3 would be Terran Campbell, Joshua Heard, and Gianni Miguel Dos Santos in a 4-3-3 formation.

Exciting 1st Half As Pacific Come Out Ahead 2-1

The Whitecaps would kick things off to start the first half from a great crowd at Starlight Stadium. Some early fouls by both sides as Pacific FC looked like they wanted to play physical and press early. After Callum Irving and Maxime Crepeau played catch Janio Bikel would barge over his man and give up a free-kick to Pacific FC. It was a long ball and easily handled by Crepeau.

Javain Brown would find some space along the right side and send in a cross. It was cut out easily and the home side tried to counter. They had some room but a sloppy pass forced a sliding tackle by Alessandro that gave the ball right back to Vancouver. The Whitecaps would try and work it around through the back but were getting no time and making mistakes. Pacific would get a chance when Macnaughton was fouled by Brian White. They would take it short and play it back before looking for their chance to strike.

A long ball played forward from Samake was headed poorly by Veselinovic and Manny Aparicio would beat Bikel to the loose ball. He was given far too much space and fired a shot off at Crepeau. The Whitecaps keeper was able to dive and punch it away but it was loose once again. Andy Rose looked to be in a good position but Jake Nerwinski came sliding in from behind on Terran Campbell and Referee Juan Marquez pointed to the spot. Campbell would make no mistake as Pacific FC took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. Nerwinski was also shown a yellow card for his effort.

First Goal As The Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The Whitecaps sensed the urgency that this wasn’t going to be an easy match. They started turning up their press and being first to the ball as we moved into the 12th minute. Ryan Gauld would move momentarily over to the left side and make a nice play to get some space for Dajome. A ghost tackle and he would fall to the ground but was waved up promptly as they were playing the Tridents. Vancouver would win it back but couldn’t find any space down the wings.

Rose would try a long ball and Ryan Gauld would level things for Vancouver Whitecaps in the 14th minute. After a collision with Irving, Macnaughton, and White the ball would fall to Pacific FC. Ryan Gauld was able to pounce on a missed kick by Macnaughton in the box and chip it into the net to tie things up 1-1. Pa-Modou Kah and Manuel Aparicio were shown Yellow cards before the re-start for arguing about the no-call on keeper Irving. It was a quick turnaround after a slow start to the match.

Ryan Gauld’s First Goal As The Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The back and forth play picked up again as the score was level. The Whitecaps looked to get on the attack but a cross into the box from Ryan Gauld was short of his target Brian White. Vancouver had found their footing and was controlling the ball at will as we moved past the 20th minute. Pacific looked to win it back momentarily but a hard tackle on Dajome and a foul was given to the Caps. The first corner of the match would come in the 26th minute when Kadon Chung was forced to play it out of danger. Gauld sent it to the back of the box but the header from White was over the net.

Pacific FC would score once again against the flow of play in the 28th minute. Some nice work down the left side and it would bounce into the box for Heard. He was able to knock it to Aparicio who had loads of space in the box and fired it top corner to give Pacific FC back their lead. Once again the Whitecaps were going to have to come from behind. the home side would use the fuel from the fans and win a 30th-minute corner. Vancouver was able to clear the first chance before blocking a second phase attempt and clearing things.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The Tridents were starting to get more and more confident as the match went on. They controlled things for a couple of minutes before a foul gave it back to Vancouver in the 33rd minute. Gauld was one of the only players for Vancouver trying to make things happen. He delivered a nice outside-booted cross into Brian White but White wasn’t able to position his body and get an attempt. Pacific FC would try and make several runs but the balls were a bit long and would run out for goal kicks.

In the 37th Minute, the Whitecaps would win a free kick with a chance to send in a set play. The delivery was decent but it was cleared away by Pacific FC and out for a Caps throw. The home side was trying to be as physical as possible and going through all of their tackles. Terran Campbell took down Dajome and was shown a yellow card in the 43rd minute much to the displeasure of the crowd. Campbell would have a shot from distance but it was well wide of the target.

The 4th official would signal an additional one minute of added time. They played the extra 60 seconds without anything exciting before the referee would blow things down on the first half. Pacific FC was ahead 2-1 thanks to some nice work taking advantage of their chances. The Tridents also looked like the more confident team when they had the ball.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

Mistakes, And A Gutsy Performance See The Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The second half would start under the lights at Starlight Stadium with the home side holding onto a 2-1 lead. Marc Dos Santos would make one change bringing on Deiber Caicedo for Ryan Raposo. Dos Santos would get the first cross in for Pacific FC and it was cleared away to the top of the box. Aparicio would try the volley but it was well over the net. The Whitecaps would take over the ball and Gauld would win a free kick in the 51st-minute. Gauld tried to find Ranko running onto it at the back post but it was a bit too far and ran out for a goal kick.

A give and go from Caicedo and Gauld almost worked to perfection but once again was a bit too heavy of a touch. Irving would drop kick it forward nicely to Dixon and after laying it off for Campbell Pacific couldn’t make anything of the attack. Vancouver would take over but be forced back quickly under the pressure from the home side. It was clear the Whitecaps were getting frustrated as Dajome had a great chance but Haynes was quick to get back with a big block in the 54th minute.

Marc Dos Santos would make another change in the 55th minute bringing on Leonard Owusu for Janio Bikel. Bikel was physical as always but unable to make a difference in the attack. It was Pacific FC that almost scored right after the restart of play. A nice floated ball into the box from Heard would find the head of Campbell but his flick would just be tipped away by Maxime Crepeau. Pacific FC would waste the corner as it was delivered out of bounds on the inswing for a goal-kick.

The home side would continue pressing and be given far too much room in the middle of the field. Aparicio was able to walk in 10 yards before firing a shot that Crepeau had a bit of trouble with. It spilled out but the Caps keeper was first to the ball. Another cross in shortly after from PFC but Dos Santos sent it right to Crepeau. The home side would be happy with things as the match moved into the 59th minute. A turnover by Vancouver almost lead to a dangerous chance by Owusu was able to come back defensively to snuff it out.

Vancouver was controlling things but a mistake and Pacific FC would make them pay. Sloppy play in the midfield and the home side was able to take over and chip it down the left side to Joshua Heard. He outmuscled Javain Brown and came in on goal with options. Crepeau was playing the pass and Heard was able to cheekily slot it in the short side for the 3-1 lead in the 63rd minute.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

After the goal, Pa-Madou Kah would bring on Alejandro Díaz Liceaga for Dos Santos upfront. Pacific almost added to their lead but despite having let in 3 goals to this point, Maxime Crepeau had been good. He was able to grab a cross before charging out and beating Campbell to the loose ball. The action would continue and the two-goal lead was short-lived by Pacific FC. Moments later the Whitecaps would move back in on the attack and down the right side. Caicedo would have way too much time and flicked it into the box to a wide-open Ryan Gauld. Just like that, it was 3-2.

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Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC Despite 2 Goals From Gauld And 1 From Dajome

Vancouver would almost equalize thanks to Ryan Gauld and Caicedo but the chances were just one piece of quality away. They would win a corner kick before Marc Dos Santos would make two more attacking-minded changes in the 70th minute. Tosaint Ricketts and Florian Jungwirth on for Jake Nerwinski and Ranko Veselinovic. The corner was sent in nicely but cleared away by Pacific FC before they were able to draw a foul and slow things down with 20 minutes plus stoppage time to go.

Pa-Modou Kah was happy to slow down the match and started using his subs. Terran Campbell played a great match and was replaced by Kunle Dada-Luke in the 73rd minute. Despite trying his club didn’t slow down and would add to their lead in the 75th minute. After Andy Rose was shown a yellow card for a foul on Diaz Pacific FC would send in a great free-kick. Aparicio’s delivery was deflected before dropping right to Diaz, He made no mistake kicking it past Crepeau and it was 4-2 for the home side.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

Time was running out on the Whitecaps chances as PFC dropped their backline to hold onto the lead. A free kick in the 78th minute but it was met with Purple shirts and sent out for a throw. The Whitecaps would almost get one back but Dajome would send it off the outstretched arm of Irving and then the far post before the home side cleared for a corner. Two chances for the Whitecaps but the first was cleared for another corner before a foul gave things back to Pacific FC.

Thomas Meilleur-Giguère would come on to replace Aparicio after his impressive night and Victor Blasco would replace Heard. Pacific FC was able to hold on to their 2 goal lead as we neared the end of stoppage time. The 4th official would signal 7 additional minutes and the Whitecaps were able to get a late goal back. Ryan Gauld was taken down in the box and Dajome would step up to make it 4-3. It was as close as they would get as the final whistle would blow on a disappointing night for one team, but an amazing night for the home side!

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

Post Match Thoughts And Media Whitecaps And Pacific FC

As we all sat waiting in Starlight Stadium’s press box to be let into the zoom call Marc Dos Santos spoke about the match, “I think the first 15-20 minutes we had such a rough time to the bounces and just trying to settle into possession and we were never able to do it in the first half. They get the first goal, it changes the environment, it changes us having to chase the result. We tied the game and on a play where there are so many rebounds that fall to them, they get the 2-1. Overall I would say you cannot win a game where you concede 4 goals and it was a lot. Defensively we struggled a lot today.”

He would continue after the Whitecaps fall 4-3 to Pacific FC talking about the defensive woes, “We had a tough time with our pressure from the front to start in the first half. Sometimes our wingers were too deep and they weren’t able to participate in that pressure and sometimes and it allowed them to get some plays behind us. Their goals come from bounces, when we got the ball we had a very hard time to adjust in possession… It was just a game that nothing went the way you want it to go.”

“We were very aware of the danger of this game and everybody was in a good space and confident and nobody cheated. The players knew how difficult it was to win it, we just had a day where things were very hard for us at some moments.”

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Are We Having Fun Yet? Whitecaps And Pacific FC

Ryan Gauld would also speak with a “selective” group of media about his thoughts on the match, “It’s frustrating, it’s a game we really wanted to win, we were looking to go far in the cup… These games are hard at the best of times so I think going behind early made it even harder on ourselves and unfortunately we weren’t able to come back from it.”

“We knew coming into the game it was going to be a good atmosphere. We had enough time to prepare ourselves for it but it seemed to kind of give their players a lift and we didn’t really react well enough to it and they seemed more aggressive than us and maybe the crowd pushed them on but we need to find a way to deal with that but unfortunately we couldn’t.”

The Unnamed Moments Of The Match

This is an interesting match to make my choices from for “The Unnamed Moments Of The Match” sponsored by (Your Company Here). The atmosphere Thursday night from Starlight Stadium was amazing, the match had 7 goals to choose from, It was physical and we came away with an underdog victory as the Whitecaps fall 4-3 to Pacific FC.

The Unnamed Stadium Of The Match

Since the teams are only playing one off’s this should be pretty obvious. Starlight Stadium is nestled perfectly into a mix of scenery and support. It was on full display Thursday night as the Whitecaps fall 4-3 to Pacific FC and their fans!

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

Both Marc Dos Santos and Ryan Gauld spoke about the atmosphere of the home stadium.

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Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The Unnamed Goal Of The Match

There were some nice goals Thursday night, but The Unnamed Goal Of The Match goes to Josh Heard. After muscling past Javain Brown he made Ranko Veselinovic look silly before slotting it short side past Maxime Crepeau. It didn’t turn out to be the winning goal but it did break the backs of the Whitecaps who were pressing for the equalizer when Heard scored.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

The Unnamed “But Kind Of Named” Anger Of The Match

After the Whitecaps fall 4-3 to Pacific FC the fans on Twitter were directing their anger to one person in particular. Calls for Marc Dos Santos to lose his job once again.

Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC
Whitecaps Fall 4-3 to Pacific FC
Whitecaps Fall 4-3 To Pacific FC

MDS speaks with the media Friday afternoon so it will be interesting to see where the questioning goes. I think it is a bit of an overreaction as the team has been coming into form nicely in the past couple of weeks. I don’t run the team so who knows what will happen but I don’t see Axel Schuster making a change with so few matches left in the season.

Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps

Going to switch things up a bit and come out with 3 gameday articles. Ambitious right? Actually no! Just making it easier on me and splitting my 4000-word recap into 2 smaller, tidier ones. So make sure to stay tuned next match for the full match recap if you missed out on any of the action. And of course, all of this will be available on our fully interactive website Sports Talk Line.

Back to the mainland to regroup for the Vancouver Whitecaps. They won’t have very much time as they will host Real Salt Lake Sunday night August 29th from BC Place in Major League Soccer action. They will look to continue to climb up the table in the Western Conference Standings.

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