A 2-1 Comeback Victory For The Whitecaps vs Austin FC

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The Whitecaps vs Austin FC Saturday night from BC Place Stadium saw the home side go down 1-0 late in the first half. Some tactical changes from Interim Head Coach Vanni Sartini would see Vancouver push ahead in the 2nd half with a 2-1 victory over the expansion Austin FC.

The win extends the Whitecaps unbeaten streak to 10 straight in Major League Soccer action. the win was also the teams 4th straight as they try and make a late season push for the playoffs.

News, Notes, and Lineups Whitecaps Vs Austin FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Vanni Sartini will go with a 4-3-2-1 formation against Austin FC. Thomas Hasal would take his spot between the sticks for Vancouver with Erik Godoy back from injury joining Florian Jungwirth at Center back. Bruno Gaspar and Janio Bikel will start at full-backs with Michael Baldisimo, Leonard Owusu, and Russell Teibert patrolling the midfield.

Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Ryan Gauld will play the left side once again but he was quick to move into the middle of the pitch for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC. Cristian Dajome would play on the right-wing while Brian White looked to continue his contributions on the stat sheet for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

Josh Wolff and Austin FC would make 2 changes from the side that lost 5-3 to Dallas FC. Hector Jimenez would replace Zan Kolmanic at right back and join Julio Cascante, Matt Besler and Nick Lima on the back line. Tomas Pochettino would start in a low midfield role with Captain Alexander Ring in a 4-2-3-1.

Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Deigo Fagundez, Sebastian Driussi and Cecilio Dominguez would try and provide service to Jon Gallagher up front. Brad Stuver would take his place in net for Austin FC.

A Late Goal And Austin FC Comes Out Ahead After The 1st Half

The Whitecaps would kick things off in the first half of action against Austin FC. It was a slow start for both sides as they looked to get their footing. Vancouver would win a 5th-minute free-kick and deliver a nice ball into the box. It was cleared out by Austin FC for the first corner of the match. Ryan Gauld would send it in near post but it was headed away before Vancouver was called for a foul. Florian Jungwirth took down Fagundez a little too hard and Pierre-Luc Lauziere was quick to blow the playdown.

The physicality would pick up as we moved into the 7th minute. Deigo Fagundez would be shown a yellow card for a hard foul on Bruno Gaspar. The teams would trade fouls but not much for chances as we moved into the 10th minute. Ryan Gauld thought he was fouled in the box but the referee signaled to play on for both sides. The Whitecaps would win another corner in the 13th minute after some nice work down the right side.

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC

It was placed perfectly into the box and dropped for Brian White but he was unable to beat Stuver to the ball. It was covered and the away side could calm things down. They would get their first real chance shortly after as they came attacking down the right side. A great cross into the box but Jon Gallagher was unable to head it on target. Vancouver was able to clear before having to take a foul on Cecilio Domínguez. Austin would play it into the box but Godoy was able to clear for Vancouver before Ryan Gauld ran it out of danger.

It was a very tightly contested match as we moved past the 18th minute. Austin tried to break in but the first touch from Jon Gallagher was heavy and ran out for a goal kick. Austin would continue on the attack in the 22nd minute with some nice crosses. the Whitecaps were able to clear the first attempt before the second cross came right to Thomas Hasal. The danger would continue for the Whitecaps as Erik Godoy had to be quick to deflect a shot away from the target. It would eventually run out for a goal kick in the 25th minute.

Austin FC was trying to come out of the first half with a lead, some nice play by Driussi down the left side but his cross ran through the box and out for a corner kick. It was sent into the near post and cleared by Vancouver. The Whitecaps vs Austin FC would take possession momentarily but give it right back to Austin FC. We moved into the 30th minute with the score still 0-0 for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC 1st Half Action

The first half would wind down with very little action and neither team wanted to give up the first goal. A close call for Austin in the 34th minute but the pass for Pochettino was late and forced him offside. The Whitecaps would take back control of the play but be lacking the last pass in the final third. Ryan Gauld looked to find Gaspar but it was just long and out for a goal kick. Austin controlled things as we moved past the 38th minute but they were quick to give it away. The Whitecaps tried to go over the top but it was cut out easily and cleared for a throw.

The BC Place crowd tried to spur on the home side but a cross in from the right side was cleared straight up before Bard Stuver was able to come out and catch the pop fly. The final minutes of the first half would crawl to a close but not before another corner kick for Austin FC. Driussi would deliver an inswinger but Brian White was there to clear it out of touch for a throw. Austin would capitalize before the half ended thanks to a nice run down the right side from Dominguez.

Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Sebastian Driussi would open the scoring for Austin FC in the 45th minute. He was left unmarked by Janio Bikel and bounced the header off the turf and past Thomas Hasal. Referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere would blow down the first half right on the 45-minute mark as there was no added time in the first half.

Whitecaps Storm Back In The 2nd Half vs Austin FC

Vanni Sartini would make the only change at halftime bringing on Deiber Caicedo for Bruno Gaspar. Cristian Dajome would slide back to right back to make room for Caicedo. Austin would test the Colombian early down the left side and it was cleared out for the first corner of the second half. The ball was delivered to the top of the box but it was easily cleared by Vancouver. The home side would calm things down as we moved into the 50th minute. Some nice work moving the ball around at the back to find space in between the Austin Lines.

Dajome would win a corner in the 52nd minute and Ryan Gauld would send it in to the box in front of the Southsiders. It was headed away before Erik Godoy’s bicycle kick was blocked. Ryan Gauld would do some nice work in midfield to win the ball back for Vancouver. Austin was very happy playing with a 1-0 lead, they could keep their line deep and make it hard for the Whitecaps to breakthrough.

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC

10 minutes into the second half and things were playing out perfectly for Austin FC. Vancouver would get a rare chance to counter and Ryan Gauld would send in a great shot that Stuver had to parry up and over the net for a corner kick. Austin FX would their first substitution of the match bringing on Jhohan Romana for Gallagher in the 59th minute. The Whitecaps vs Austin FC would also make another change taking off Leonard Owusu for Canadian Patrick Metcalfe in the 61st minute.

The Whitecaps were given a great chance to tie things up in the 63rd minute when Brian White was sent in all alone on Stuver. The Austin FC keeper was able to get a leg on it before getting back in position to stop the Ryan Gauld shot. It was out for a corner kick but the delivery was easily cleared by Austin. Vancouver would continue the press and win a free kick in a dangerous spot. Gauld and Caicedo would stand over it, It would be Gauld to take the kick but his shot was right into the wall before his second attempt was also blocked.

The Whitecaps would keep on the attack as we moved past the 65th minute. Flashes of brilliance but that last bit of finish was still lacking. of course, this changed as I was writing the sentence. Erik Godoy was able to sneak into the play and head home a great cross from Cristian Dajome in the 70th minute of play. It was the first goal of the season for Godoy who was back in the lineup after injury. Austin FC would make their second change after the goal with a concussion sub. Frederik Kleeman was brought on for the injured Matt Besler.

Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Both teams would go to their bench in the 74th minute as Austin FC would replace with Dominguez with Moussa Djitte. The Vancouver Whitecaps would bring on Ranko Veselinovic for Janio Bikel. The home side would control play and look for the go-ahead goal. It was Austin FC that would counter in the 76th minute. Rushing down the left side Vancouver was able to force them back to the center.

The action would pick up as Vancouver would almost take the lead. A chance for Caicedo as his chip was heading for the net before Cascante was able to volley it out of danger. It would fall for Gauld who set up Dajome beautifully in the middle of the box. It was driven high and over the net. The Whitecaps could continue on the attack with a dangerous free kick in the 80th minute. Caicedo would deliver it in this time and test keeper Brad Stuver. It was an easy save for the Austin keeper as things remained 1-1 for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC

The relentless attack of the Whitecaps would break Austin FC for a second goal in the 83rd minute. Ryan Gauld’s shot was stopped by Stuver but Deiber Caicedo was right there to pounce on the rebound for the home side. It was 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps with just 5 minutes plus stoppage time to go. It was Deiber’s 4th goal of the season and Ryan Gauld was once again front and center on the attack.

It was a nervous last couple of minutes for the Whitecaps, as Austin FC would get a corner kick in the 90th minute. It would fall loose in the box but Florian Jungwirth was hauled down and the referee would award a free-kick to Vancouver. Tosaint Ricketts would come on for Brian White before the 4th official would signal an additional 3 minutes. The home side would play keep away and Ryan Gauld would be replaced by Rayn Raposo to a standing ovation from the BC Place crowd.

Austin wasn’t able to generate any chances in the added time and the final whistle would blow. Vancouver could celebrate their 4th win in a row and 10th straight unbeaten in Major League Soccer action.

Post Match Thoughts And Media Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Disclaimer* This is the watered-down version of media, for the full media be sure to check out the Whitecaps Twitter. Interim Coach Vanni Sartini spoke about the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

“The first half they outplayed us and in the second half, we did it to them. We made a couple of adjustments tactically because our press in the first half wasn’t good. So that’s the reason why that we couldn’t win the ball and they had possession for a lot and they are a team that they want to have the ball a lot, they want to exploit these gaps when the other team is not very well organized. We made those adjustments and the guys in the second half were flying and I think we deserve to win at the end. We had much more chances than them in total.”

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC

He was also asked about the decision to move Cristian Dajome to a Fullback, to which he said, “It was actually right wingback. The idea was to go to kind of a back three with Erik [Godoy], Michael Baldisimo, and Florian[Jungwirth] on the left, with Michael, starting like five meters higher and Cristian [Dajome] and Janio [Bikel] [at] the beginning as a wingback. Cristian played basically the second half as a wingback the entire half…”

“It was like the first 15 minutes on the right and the last 30 minutes on the left. Of course, it’s an emergency situation because Cristian is such a gifted player upfront that we like him – he is our top goalscorer – so we like him to be close to the goal. But he has also a big heart, and so we can make this role to be up or down on the side.”

It was a flurry of media availability as we got Vanni and 3 players. Florian was next to speak and this is where you get the watered-down quotes. He was asked about coming back to Austin FC after being down 1-0 again, “I mean, I wouldn’t mind if we went 3-0, but it is what it is. A couple of weeks ago were exactly the same situation down halftime 1-0 and we turned it around there. And today, it was the same. Like I mentioned it shows the character of the team. We don’t mind, we can be 1-0, 2-0 down sometimes but we keep going. We have our mindset and our positive attitude and we will get rewarded.”

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Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Thomas Hasal was strong in the net giving up just the one goal to Driussi at the end of the first half. He spoke about playing in front of the BC Place and Vancouver crowd for the first time for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed of for a really long time and it was amazing playing in front of our own fans, it was amazing to feel support from them and I think that was one of the big factors that allowed us to push on in the second half. I think the first half, we moved the ball a bit too slow, it wasn’t the tempo we wanted to play at, and we came into halftime, we knew we had to make changes, the changes we made it worked, and we pushed the pace of the game, we were in their face the entire half and the boys played great. They gave us a chance to win the game.”

The Unnamed Moments Of The Match Whitecaps vs Austin FC

Another win and another list of candidates for “The Unnamed Moments of The Match”. The Whitecaps vs Austin FC put on a show in front of an announced attendance of 9223. Let’s see what made the list this week.

The Unnamed Celebration Of The Match Whitecaps vs Austin FC

It might have cost him a yellow card but Deiber Caicedo was sure to make his goal celebration worth it for the Whitecaps vs Austin FC.

Whitecaps vs Austin FC

I thought we might get to see Dajome show off his dance moves but it was Caicedo’s turn Saturday night.

The Unnamed Media Moments of The Match Whitecaps vs Austin FC

“What the f*ck are you guys doing” was the message the team got at halftime. Flo, don’t call him Florian cause he’s cool, young, and sexy, and is an absolute quote machine. He had us all hunched over laughing in the press box!

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He would continue to spit absolute post-match fire as he asked not to be called Florian, claimed Erik Godoy couldn’t dance, and tried to leave the presser. There will be riots in the media box if Florian ever leaves!

The Unnamed Gauld Moment Of The Match

Savior or not, I am making Ryan Gauld his own Heading 3 category. Tonight he was instrumental on the pitch as he set up the Deiber Caicedo Goal, kind of, and had multiple chances once again. Ryan is doing a masterful job interacting with fans and media but he may be upstaged by the one and only “Couch Ultras”. The Gauldfather isn’t going away and now we have it in Tifo form.

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Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps were once again above the playoff line in the Major League Soccer Western Conference after their defeat of Austin FC 2-1. It was short-lived as Real Salt Lake would jump past them with a 3-2 win over Dallas FC. Vancouver is doing all it can do right now by getting all 3 points.

The Whitecaps are back in action on Friday, September 10th as their homestand continues. make sure to check out all the latest Whitecaps news from Sports Talk Line. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest VWFC news and notes.

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