Quintero Sinks The Whitecaps At Dynamo 2-1 With The Goalazo
The Vancouver Whitecaps at Dynamo would both score their first goals of the season Saturday afternoon. The only problem was that Houston also scored their second and went on for a 2-1 victory. Darwin Quintero was all over the pitch and scored the first goal for the Dynamo before scoring an amazing strike in the second half.
It was an exciting match with end-to-end action. A nice change for both sides who had yet to score before this match. Pedro Vite was forced to come out early for concussion protocol and the Caps midfield was rather quiet. Let’s check out how things went down for the Whitecaps at Dynamo Saturday afternoon.
News, Notes, and Lineups for the Vancouver Whitecaps At Dynamo
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Vanni Sartini will once again be without Brian White. After playing 30 minutes in the second half against New York he was unable to make the trip to Houston with the team. Vanni Sartini would tweak his formation going with a 3-4-2-1 formation we saw last week. Thomas Hasal starts between the sticks with Florian Jungwirth, Ranko Veselinovic, and Tristan Blackmon at the backline.
Vancouver would go with the same wingbacks and 4 across with Cristian Dajome, Leonard Owusu, Russell Teibert, and Cristian Gutierrez. Pedro Vite would get his first start with Ryan Gauld and Lucus Cavallini would be up top as the lone striker.
Paulo Nagamura would make 4 changes from the Houston lineup from last week’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Steve Clark would take his normal spot in the net with a 4-3-3 formation in front of him. Adam Lundkvist, Daniel Steres, Tim Parker, and Griffin Dorsey would start at the back from left to right.
In the midfield head coach, Nagamura would start Adalberto Carrasquilla, Matais Vera, and Darwin Quintero. Corey Baird, Sebastian Ferreira, and Fafà Picault would start at the top of the formation.
Both Teams Find The Back Of The Net For The First Time In 2022
The Whitecaps would kick things off to start the 1st half and Teibert would win an early free-kick. Vancouver would turn it over and Houston gets some early chances. A great shot from distance forced Hasal into an early save. He was able to punch it over the crossbar and out for a corner. Houston would take it short and try and cross it is hard but the Caps were able to clear and rush out on the counter-attack. It fizzled out down the left side and both teams would trade possession.
Dajome would attempt Vancouver’s first shot of the match in the 5th minute. He moved down the wing and towards the box but sent it well wide. It was a lively start for two squads who hadn’t scored yet this season. The Dynamo would come right back on the attack and fire a shot of their own over the net. Matias Vera fired it from outside the box but got under it. Houston would continue pressuring and win a corner in the 9th minute. It was whipped into the box but Cavallini was able to head it away.
The first hard foul would come in the 10th minute as Dajome would run right through Carrasquilla. It was taken short but Houston would win another corner after Blackmon was forced to head a cross from Tim Parker out of touch. Hasal wasn’t taking any chances with the next corner as he came off his line to snatch the ball. Vancouver was quick to turn it over and Houston was able to play several minutes with the ball.
No danger from the possession and Vancouver would win it back and get a free kick in the 14th minute. Some great work from Ryan Gauld and Dajome down the right side and Dajome had some space. He crossed it in perfectly placed ball right and Cavallini was able to jump volley it past Steve Clark and into the back of the net. It was a striker’s goal for Cava who had gotten better and better this year.
On the re-start, Houston would come right back in on the attack looking to equalize things. They would win a corner but the service was easily cleared by Vancouver. Vancouver was sitting back with the 1-0 lead and the Dynamo were taking advantage of it as best they could. They would win another corner in the 18th minute but it was cleared initially. Carrasquilla would float in the second phase but Dorsey couldn’t get his header inside the far post.
The Whitecaps were looking for the long ball and once again gave it straight back to the home side. Quintero would try and find Baird down the right side but his cross was blocked by Gutierrez. Baird would retrieve the ball and work it back to the top of the box. Quintero would try his chances and it was deflected out for another corner. It was floated in and tipped out for another corner. Vancouver was able to clear once again but a hard foul by Gauld on Carrasquilla would lead to another set-piece.
Vancouver made their first change of the match early as Pedro Vite was forced to come off. He was visibly unhappy about the decision as he was replaced by Javain Brown. It was a concussion protocol substitution for Vite. Houston would get great delivery on the ensuing free-kick and Hasal would have to punch it out. Carrasquilla would get a shot but it was blocked by Jungwirth before the next shot would go wide from Baird.
The Whitecaps would remain with a 1-0 lead as the match moved past the 25th-minute mark. After a poor pass out of touch, Houston was back in with a quick shot but it deflected right to Hasal and was no trouble. The rough stuff would start as Picault would get his foot up as Cava looked to head the ball. It was just a chat from referee Pierre-Luc Lauziere but the Caps would take advantage with possession. Javain Brown was shown a yellow card in the 28th minute for wasting time on the throw.
It was eventually crossed into the box but Clark was able to grab it and slow things down for Houston. They would work a nice switch and Quintero would chip it in nicely. Hasal had to be quick to come off his line to beat Ferreira to the ball. Cavallini would win a free kick in the attacking half in the 31st minute but Vancouver turned it right back over. Ferreira would move in one vs one with Jungwirth but he was able to make up for his turnover with a nice defensive play.
Vancouver would rush back on the attack but a shot from Dajome was high over the net. Houston would win a foul and float the ball perfectly into the back of the box. Carrasquilla would find Baird at the back of the box. He would lay it off past Hasal and Quintero was wide open to slot it into the net for the 1-1 tie in the 33rd minute.
The Whitecaps would push back quickly and win a corner thanks to some nice work from Cavallini. Gutierrez would deliver it to the back of the box to Cava and his header would bounce around before coming back to the Canadian striker. He would fire a shot but it was blocked by the Houston defender and they slowed things down. Cavallini called for a handball but VAR didn’t agree. The Dynamo would control as we moved into the 37th minute.
It was short-lived as Cavallini would win a foul after being by Tim Parker. Javain Brown was sent down the right side with lots of space and he would float it to Ryan Gauld at the back of the box. He tried to volley it back across but it was poor and went out for a goal kick. Quintero would almost add to his goal tally in the 39th minute but Hasal was able to make a big diving save and keep the score 1-1.
Dynamo would go short again on the corner and it would come to the box on the 2nd phase. Vancouver was able to defend before Gauld was fouled by Lundkvist. The Caps would try and move back in on the attack but Gauld was in an offside position and the Dynamo regained possession. The teams traded the ball back and forth before Vancouver was able to win a deep throw. They weren’t able to capitalize and Houston was back on the counter-attack.
It was an exciting and fast-paced first half as both teams looked for their first win of the young MLS season. The match moved into the 43rd minute still tied 1-1 and both teams were hard-pressed to hold the ball for very long. Cavallini tried to beat Dorsey down the right side but a great defensive play and the ball ran out for a goal kick. The 4th official would signal an added 2 minutes to the half as Houston tried to attack.
A nice run from Baird but the pass was a bit long and he cut it right back to Teibert. The Dynamo would control late but didn’t look very keen to push forward. The whistle would go on the 1st half with Houston controlling 65% of possession to the Whitecaps 35% but the score tied 1-1.
Quintero Goalazo Wins The 2nd Half For The Houston Dynamo
The Dynamo would kick things off in the 2nd half and work it around the back. They would try and work down the right side but Vancouver was right there. They would switch it back to Picault on the left and he would attack against Javain Brown but the ball would go out for a goal kick. Hasal would send it long and find Dajome. He would make a nice move and find Gauld but his shot wide. Houston would take over on a throw in the 49th minute but turn it right back over to the visiting side.
Vancouver was pressing their line a bit higher than the first half looking for more possession. Gauld was unable to find Brown and Houston tried to counter quickly. Blackmon did well to take out Picault with a sliding tackle before the ball would eventually come to Hasal. A turnover by Gauld and Houston would move back in. Ranko Veselinovic would make a nice tackle but the ball came right to Quintero at the top of the box. He scored a goalazo from distance and Hasal had no chance! Houston took the 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.
The Whitecaps tried to respond right away but a pass from Cava was too long looking for Gutierrez. It was deflected off a Houston player and Vancouver would win a corner kick but it was sent well over everyone. The second phase into Brown was offside and Houston controlled in the 54th minute. Vancouver would try and press but Houston would casually work it around the back, not in a rush with the 2-1 lead.
They would pick their chances and try and find Ferreira but the pass was a bit heavy and ran to Hasal. A nice long pass from Blackmon to Dajome would win the Caps a corner. Gutierrez would swing it in but Houston was able to clear to the top of the box before Dajome’s shot was wide of the net in the 56th minute. The Dynamo would go back on the attack but Veselinovic was able to clear it down the pitch.
The home side would turn it over and Dajome looked to get fouled but referee Lauziere would wave him up. Vancouver would regain the ball and look for space. The ball would come to Cavallini but he was quickly disposed and Houston would go back on the attack. Picault had all kinds of space and would cross it into the box. It was headed out for a Dynamo corner as the match moved into the 60th minute.
Quintero would send it nicely into the box but Jungwiorth was able to head it out. Carrasquilla would have his shot blocked by Dajome and the ball would go all the way back to Steve Clark. The home side would come back again with numbers but Veselinovic was able to step in front of the pass. The ball wouldn’t get out of half as Owusu fouled Vera. Quintero would send the ball right into the hands of Hasal and Vancouver could regroup.
It was the Whitecap’s turn to play the ball around the back and wait for their chance. It was a pass for Dajome but it ran too long and Steve Clark was able to snatch it back for Houston. The visiting side was picking up the press trying to win the ball back. They forced Houston into a long pass and were able to win back the ball as the match moved into the 65th minute with the Dynamo up 2-1.
Vancouver would win a dangerous free-kick right outside the box after Dorsey would take down Dajome. Gutierrez would chip it into the box but the header from Brown was over the top of the net. Vancouver would make more changes in the 66th minute bringing on Deiber Caicedo and Marcus Godinho for Leonard Owusu and Florian Jungwirth. Vancouver would try and attack right off the change but the pass to Caicedo was off the mark.
The home side would take over and once again comfortably work it around the back. Picault would try and attack down the left side but would turn back with 2 blue shirts. It was a smart play as Houston would work it into the box and Quintero would flick it over his head to Ferreira but his shot was wide of the mark. Vancouver would turn it over quickly as the pass downfield was off the arm of Cavallini.
Picault would try and do things himself and run through the box but it was just tipped away before he could get a shot off. The ball would roll out for a Houston throw in the 71st minute as they held onto their 2-1 lead. Some nice passing from the Whitecaps forwards would lead to a chance for Dajome to cross it in. His attempt was blocked out for a corner. It was right to Brown and Clark had to be sharp to keep it out of the net.
Dorsey came up big on the rebound to block the header from Cavallini out for another corner. The 2nd delivery from Caicedo wasn’t as good and cleared by Houston. They were able to breathe in the 73rd minute but Vancouver was right back on the attack and won another corner down the right side. Caicedo would send it into the box but the header by Veselinovic was wide and it eventually would run out for a goal kick.
Houston would make their first changes in the 74th minute bringing on Memo Rodriguez for Quintero and Thorleifur Úlfarsson for Ferreira. The Whitecaps would control things once again and Cavallini would find Brown running down the right side. His pass into the box was blocked out for a throw and Vancouver would regroup. The pace would slow down and the teams would trade possession. Houston would try down the left with Picault once again but it was just out of his reach and out for a throw.
Nagamura would make more changes replacing Carrasquilla with D. Cerén. Vancouver would attack down the left side and win another corner kick in the 78th minute. Caicedo would send it into Brown and his header was deflected out for another corner. The 2nd attempt was cleared by Tim Parker back to Caicedo. He whipped it in again to Cavallini but his header was wide. Houston would win a dangerous free kick in the 80th minute and Veselinovic was shown a yellow card after a hard tackle on Úlfarsson.
It was passed in short to Úlfarsson but his shot was stopped by Hasal. Vancouver tried to move things quickly but Houston was able to get players back. The Whitecaps waited for their moment down 2-1 but time was running out. They would make another change in the 84th minute to try and get the tieing goal. Ryan Raposo would replace Ranko Veselinovic as the Caps were running out of defensive players on the pitch.
The Caps would work it through the left side and a cross from Teibert was just out of the reach of Cavallini. Caicedo would try and dribble but he had the ball stolen by Houston. A foul on Gauld and Vancouver would get the ball right back and look for the equalizing goal. They would win a corner in the 86th minute as Parker was forced to clear it out on a cross to Cavallini. The cross was cleared to Gauld at the top of the box and he tried his luck from distance. His shot was over the net and didn’t test Steve Clark.
Úlfarsson was shown a yellow card in the 87th minute for time-wasting and Vancouver would continue to look to tie the match. Ryan Gauld would try and find Dajome but Houston was able to momentarily steal it back. The teams traded turnovers and Houston was off to the races. Picault would win a free kick right outside the box after he was taken down by Teibert. Rodriguez would blast a great shot but it went right off the crossbar and back out. Vancouver was able to clear as the 4th official added an extra 5 minutes.
Paulo Nagamura would make one more change in the 2nd minute of stoppage time. Teenage Hadebe would come on for Fafà Picault. The Caps would continue to try and tie the match but a shot from Raposo was blocked. Vancouver would win a late corner but Houston was able to clear. A final substitution from Vanni Sartini would see Tosaint Ricketts come on for Teibert but it was too little too late and the Caps would fall 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo.
Post Game Thoughts And Media Whitecaps At Dynamo
Head coach Vanni Sartini spoke after the match for the Whitecaps at Houston and was very positive about his team’s performance but disappointed. He spoke about the play of his team after the match.
“A little sad, to be honest. We lost and I think we didn’t deserve to lose, especially in the second half, we were the much better team. First half was very open. I think it was very good when we had the ball, our pressure wasn’t good. The second half we were very good. We had the chance to tie, we pushed, we pushed. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score and I see a lot of positives. I’ve seen a lot of positives in the performance.”
I asked Vanni Sartini about the play of his striker Lucas Cavallini. He was able to score his first goal this season and seems to be getting better and better as the year continues.
Tristan Blackmon was next and spoke about the match and getting comfortable on the backline with Ranko Veselinovic and Florian Jungwirth.
“Like you said, tough result. Coming in here we had a good chance of getting three points and putting our momentum going into next week. I think we had better chances this week than we did last week. That’s about capitalizing, more in our offensive end then being solidified again in that defensive end, so, tough match. Looking forward to next week.”
Lucas Cavallini spoke last about the match and how he thought the Whitecaps should have gotten all 3 points today. I asked him about the mentality in the locker room after a disappointing result. He also spoke about his fitness and how he is feeling right now after 3 matches and going the full 90 minutes.
“Physically, I’m feeling good. So you know, I can make extra runs and create extra chances and set up extra plays. So I mean, it’s how I feel comfortable, and I mean, Vanni tells me to get in those pockets a lot, that’s what I’ve been doing better at it. So it’s been working. We’ve been generating a lot of chances off that. We just need to be more clinical, again, a lot of chances today, but there’s only one goal and I think we deserved to put more in the net, but Houston defended well, a lot of chances, creating a few off the line. Yeah, I mean, unlucky today.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
We finally had a goal by the Vancouver Whitecaps but it doesn’t make the cut because Quintero scored a beauty. Cavallini did make the cut however for his comments after the match about the calls.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
As much as I would love to give it Lucas Cavallini for scoring his first goal of the season I just can’t. That strike from darwin Quintero was phenomenal and worth every second of watching it back. That is The Unnamed Goal Of The Match.
The Unnamed Fan Of The Match
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The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
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Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps fell 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo Saturday.
The Whitecaps will continue on the road as they take on some familiar faces Sunday, March 20th. They will take on Marc Dos Santos, Maxime Crepeau, and the rest of LAFC. Make sure to check out the Sports Talk Line website for more stories about the Vancouver Whitecaps and Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates.
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