The Vancouver Whitecaps vs Quakes kept their undefeated streak alive at BC Place Saturday night with a 3-3 draw. After a slow start in the first half, both teams came out firing with 3 goals each in the second. Lucas Cavallini would open the scoring before San Jose would come back with two quick ones.
Jamiro Monterio and Jeremy Ebobisse would score 11 minutes apart to take the Earthquakes ahead in the 73rd minute. BC Place seemed deflated but Ryan Rapsoso would strike back for the home side. The crazy back and forth play would continue throughout the match as the scoring wasn’t over.
Ebobisse would strike again before the match was over and nervous Caps fans would get a late result to steal a point or lose two. Erik Godoy was able to get on the end of a late corner and a chance at the death by Cava, Caps fans should have gone away at least excited if they weren’t happy. Let’s see how the two sides lined up for the Whitecaps vs Quakes.
Lineups, News, And Notes
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Vanni Sartini would be forced into changes from the squad that won 2-0 over the Valour FC. Ryan Gauld would be unavailable after being placed in MLS Health and Safety Protocol. Cody “The Stopper” Cropper would get the start between the sticks with Jake Nerwinski, Florian Jungwirth, Erik Godoy, and Javain Brown in a back 4-4-2 on defense.
Sebastian Berhalter and Russell Teibert play in a midfield holding role with Ryan Raposo and Cristian Dajome on the wings. Lucas Cavallini and Brian White get the start-up top for the Whitecaps Saturday afternoon. 5 total changes for Vanni Sartini with a myriad of players out and rotation from the midweek match.
No more crazy defensive structure for the Earthquakes as the new head coach Alex Covelo would switch to a more traditional 4-3-3 formation. JT Marcinkowski would start in the net with a backline of Marcos Lopez, Francisco Calvo, Nathan, and Paul Marie from left to right.
The midfield would see San Jose start Jackson Yueill, Eric Remedi, and Jamiro Monteiro. Cade Cowell, Jeremy Ebobisse, and Cristian Espinoza would start up top for Alex Covelo’s squad.
Cody “The Stopper” Cropper Comes Up Big In The 1st Half
The Whitecaps would kick things off in the 1st half against the San Jose Earthquake. An early ball floated into the box by Brown and Cavallini was able to test Marcincowski early. It was a good start for the home side but things slowed down as both teams didn’t want to expend all of their effort this early in the match. The two sides would trade turnovers as things moved into the 5th minute.
San Jose would get an early chance of their own as Erik Godoy was out of place and hauled down Ebobisse for the foul in a very dangerous spot right outside the box. Monterio would try his shot but wasn’t able to keep it down and it would go out for a goal kick. Vancouver would come back in the 7th minute and Dajome would turn nicely down the right side. He floated the ball over the box and out for a San Jose throw.
Things slowed down again as Berhalter would haul down Remedi in the midfield and receive a talking to from referee Timothy Ford. Some attempts by both sides to find long runs but they both ran to the keepers. The match moved into the 11th minute with San Jose holding possession but the Whitecaps were happy to sit in a deep backline. Ebobisse would get a bit too much space at the left side of the box and let a shot go from a distance but it was high and wide.
A brief spell from the Caps but San Jose would win it back once again. Vancouver would move up their press and try to win back the ball and look to counter. It was worked out down the right side and Russell Teibert had his cross deflected but it would fall right into the box. Cavallini and White weren’t able to get to it before Teibert was called for a yellow card fighting Eric Remedi for the ball in the 15th minute. Nerwinski was able to get things back and let Vancouver move players forward after he was pushed in the back by Espinoza.
With Vancouver up on the attack, San Jose was able to try things out on the counterattack. Cade Cowell looked to have Godoy between down the left side but it was defended well and out for a goal kick. Timothy Ford had his whistle out in the opening 18 minutes as Dajome would win a freekick for Vancouver. Cavallini would try and find White shortly after but it was just over his head and out for a throw, to break up what the Caps had going on.
The home side would continue on the attack and win a deep throw in the 20th minute. Brown would come over to float it in but it was too close to the Quakes keeper Marcinkowski. The action would really pick up as San Jose would get their best chance of the match. Espinoza Would fire a shot from the middle of the pitch, just above the box and Cropper had to dive out and parry it out for a corner kick. It was driven into the box but cleared away and back down the field by the Caps and the score remained 0-0.
The field seemed to open up in the 23rd minute as Cavallini was sent in down the left side. He was able to hold the ball but didn’t get any support and San Jose was able to steal it back. Ebobisse was all over the park and was almost found over the top on a nice chip from Monteiro. It was a bit long and Cropper was able to come off his line and dive out to smoother the ball. After Vancouver would turn it over Teibert was called for a foul on Lopez.
The Whitecaps would come right back in the 27th minute as Cava would once again race down the right side of the pitch. He was taken out by Nathan who was shown a yellow card. The ball was played in shortly by Berhalter but it was cleared by San Jose. Brown would try and make something happen with the second phase but Remedi was able to knock it off the Jamaican national for a goal kick and stop the pressure. The excitement was definitely picking up in the 1st half.
San Jose would play it back and forth around the top of the Caps box before finding some space. Yueill had a good idea but put his shot just past the far post and Cropper wasn’t tested. Back the other way as Dajome would make a nice steal and try and send Brian White on the attack. It was across to Teibert and he would try and chip in a ball into the box but it was over everyone for a goal kick. San Jose would stay pressing and Cropper was forced to come off his line and punch out a crossing ball.
The play would move into the 34th minute with San Jose controlling more of the ball. Monterio would try his luck down the right and the ball would get crossed into Ebobisse at the back post. Cropper made a spectacular save to keep things scoreless and Vancouver was able to relieve the pressure and win a goal kick. It was a full stretch and we have seen in a short time now why Cropper was picked up in the offseason by Vancouver.
The home side would try and slow things down and get out of the first half without any damage. They would play it around the back and happily win throws against the Quakes. San Jose would win it back in the 38th minute but it was won back nicely by Godoy. After a foul by Nerwinski on Paul Marie, Dajome would encroach and be shown a yellow card by referee Ford in the 38th minute. After Cavallini wasn’t able to win the foul and was called for tangling up with Calvo San Jose would turn it over quickly.
The ball would get cut back in by Vancouver throwing the ball into the box to the left-hand side. It would eventually get played to Raposo who curled a shot but it was over the top of the net. Vancouver continue on the attack but it was crossed back in and over everyone and the Earthquakes could clear. Cavallini had other ideas and tried to streak in once again, this time down the right. He was able to beat out Nathan and cut the ball into the box but Marcinkowski was able to come off his line and grab it.
The Quakes were now the team trying to limp into the 1st half. They would control the ball as play moved past the 43rd minute. They were in no rush to force the issue and give up lines on the counterattack. Berhalter would win a foul on Ebobisse in Vancouver’s end and Cropper could move everyone forward. Brian White would win another foul and the Caps could bring players even more forward. Berhalter would deliver over everyone as the 4th official would signal one added minute.
San Jose would make one late push but they couldn’t get a stoppage-time goal past Cropper. The 1st half would come to an end 0-0 but not for lack of the two teams trying. San Jose had the control in possession with 69%, nice. The Whitecaps had some nice runs but they couldn’t get that ball in the final third that has plagued them all season.
A Wild And Whacky 2nd Half For The Whitecaps vs Quakes
San Jose would kick things off to start the 2nd half. Michale Baldisimo would come on to replace Rusell Teibert for Vanni Sartini at the half. While Alex Covelo would keep the same lineup that ended the half. The Quakes would try and float one in early to Espinoza but it was cleared. San Jose would stay on the attack but the two shots were blocked, one off the crossbar. It was cleared backward straight in the air by Baldisimo and the 2nd half started frantically. It would eventually be crossed out for a goal kick. And the caps could catch their breath.
A quick touch from the home side in the 48th minute before turning it right back to San Jose. After the teams traded turnovers Vancouver would string together their first bit of passing. It would come out to the left side to Berhalter who would find Cavallini. He was covered by Nathan but was called for a foul trying to get past him. Things started as open in the 2nd half as they left off in the 1st between the Whitecaps vs Quakes.
It was Raposo who would get the next chance as he was played nicely into the box by Dajome. He took one extra step and wasn’t able to get his shot throw. The rebound would come out to Berhalter who would test Marcinkowski from distance but it would stay 0-0. But it wouldn’t stay 0-0 for long as Cavallini would get rewarded for all of his hard work. He would get the ball in the middle of the pitch and after a nice move around a defender, he was able to play a give and go with Raposo. Cavallini made no mistake inside the box slotting it past the left of Marcinkowski in the 52nd minute.
The visiting side would try and respond as they would work the ball into the Whitecaps half. A floated ball to the back of the post looking for Raposos was cleared out of danger but the Quakes continued to press. It was floated to the back of the post by Marie and Brown was forced to head it out for a corner kick. It was driven nicely into the box and Jungwirth was forced to head it out for another corner kick. This time it was driven to the near post and Dajome was able to clear.
Baldisimo looked to be off to the races but didn’t have any support and was forced to turn back. He was eventually called for the 57th-minute foul and San Jose could control it once more. They had to press for the tieing goal so it was leaving space at the back and Cavallini almost had another great run but it was defended well in the end. Cavallini would try once again and look for Raposo out to the wide but Marie was first and able to clear it out for a throw.
The match moved into the 61st minute with the 1-0 lead at home. San Jose was playing it around looking for space and Vancouver would attack when they saw a moment. Some nice work from Brian White to steal it and he was able to turn and find Dajome. He had options on both sides but would find Cavallini running into the box. Marcinkowski came out and made a great save off the powerful shot. The rebound would come to Raposo and he would float it out the back of the net.
San Jose would get the tieing goal they needly shortly after bringing on Gregus for Remedi. The Quakes would come back quickly and Espinoza had too much space on the right side. He was able to chip it in and Monterio was able to jump over all the white shirts and head in the goal in the 62nd minute of play. All of the wind came out of the Whitecap’s sails after having a chance to make it 2-0 but then giving up the 1-1 goal.
The visiting side would continue to press after the goal but Vancouver was able to clear and things would slow back down. Vancouver would try and find Brown running down the right side but it was too long and out for a goal kick. Vanni Sartini would make another substitution in the 67th minute bringing on Deiber Caicedo for Brian White. San Jose would get the next chance as Godoy was forced to slide out and clear it for a corner kick.
It was sent into the box by Espinoza and Nerwinski was able to clear it from the back post. San Jose would stay in control for the 2nd phase but Raposo would win the free-kick against Monteiro. Vanni Sartini would make another swap to his side bringing on Cristian Guiterrez for Javain Brown. Like his Canadian teammate has done before his first bit of action was to foul Gregus. The quakes wasted no time coming back in on the attack and would break the Whitecaps once again.
Gregus would deliver it in but it would come out wide to San Jose. Vancouver tried to break but it was cut out from Caicedo. Cowell would charge down the left side for the Quakes and cross in a perfect ball that only Ebobisse could possibly get. He was able to click it perfectly past Cropper for the 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute. Vancouver didn’t let the goal get to them as they would come right back for their home fans.
The Caps would win a throw and a nice bounce would fall off Cavallini to Dajome. He wasn’t able to find Caicedo but the ball came right back to Cava who find a streaking Gutierrez down the left-wing. He whipped it back into the box to Cavallini and Marcinckowski had to make a great save off the line. Vancouver would continue pushing and this time Cavallini would find Caicedo in the box. He turned and layed it off perfectly for Raposo who was able to beat the San Jose keeper short side in the 75th minute.
The match would get crazier and crazier when play resumed. Gutierrez would switch sides and try and cross it into the box for Cavallini but it was out for a goal kick. Vancouver would win it back and Cavallini was back in and this time tried a left-shooted cross that just crossed outside of the post and wide. Gregus would win a free-kick after being taken down by Berhalter and after Nerwinski would give up a late throw they could attack.
Cowell would walk in down the left side for San Jose and pick out Espinoza running through the box. It was defended poorly by Vancouver and Espinoza was able to cut it back to a wide-open Ebobisse. He would make no mistake and San Jose would retake the lead 3-2 in the 81st minute. Vanni Sartini would make a change after the goal bringing on Pedro Vite for Ryan Raposo as the Caps looked for the tieing goal once again.
Vite would win an early free-kick and try and send in Dajome but Cowell was physical on him and it would run out for a goal kick. Covelo would make a change of his own in the 84th minute as Cowell would be replaced by Ousseni Bouda. He would take an early foul on Florian Jungwirth in the 85th minute upon being brought on. Vancouver would control things looking for a late equalizer and work it down the left side to Berhalter. He would float a ball into the back of the box for Cavallini but Lopez was able to get enough on it and it would run out for a corner kick.
Caicedo would whip the ball into the box and it would come to Godoy who tried a half backward volley but the ball was tipped out for another corner. This time from the other side it was cleared down the field by San Jose and Vancouver would have to regroup. Cavallini would come down the right and dribble through defenders in the box before chipping it to Dajome.
His shot was blocked and the Caps had to start from halfway again. They would work quickly and Ousseni Bouda would concede another corner. San Jose would make changes before it was taken and bring on Jack Skahan and Benjamin Kikanović for Monteiro and Ebobisse in the 90th minute.
Caicedo would set up to take the corner as the 4th official would signal 5 added minutes. The corner would be crossed in and fall to Erik Godoy who was unmarked at the back of the post. He was able to calmly side-foot it past Marcinckowski to tie things 3-3 just as the added time would start. BC Place was rejuvenated but it felt like this match had more goals in it. Caicedo would volley a ball into the box but Cavallini couldn’t get his shot to stay down as the time ticked away.
One last counter chance for the Whitecaps to end the match as the ball would come out with to Gutierrez. He would send in a great ball to the back post to Cava, it looked as if he had beaten Marcinckowski but it would curl to the left and glance off the post before going out to the final whistle of Timothy Ford. Both teams split the points in what turned out to be a very exciting match after a 0-0 1st half.
Post Match Thoughts And Media
Vanni Sartini spoke after the Whitecaps vs Quakes 3-3 draw and talked about the switches in style from the 1st and 2nd half. He mentioned that it was part of having 3 matches in the past 6 days.
“I don’t think we deserved to be 0-0 in the 1st half, I think we were the better team but we couldn’t find the distance with the 3 games in 6 days was a factor and we weren’t able to press. So we were defending in our final third and Cody [Cropper] made two great saves in the 1st half.”
Vanni also talked about the play of Lucas Cavallini who he felt “Had his best game with the Whitecaps” tonight against the San Jose Earthquakes. “
As I told you a lot in the last few weeks guys, he’s a different player than last year. Mentally he is in a much better space, he works for the team, he works for the team a lot then you get back the chance, so he played very well. He could have done better probably in that one-v-one with the goalkeeper because if we go 2-0 I think they’re going to slow down after the 2-0, maybe they will become very easy for us. But then he kept working and didn’t give up.”
He also talked about the play of Ryan Raposo who scored for the second time in as many games for the Vancouver Whitecaps. With squad rotation going to be a must in this string of matches it is nice to hear positive things about the young Canadian.
“It’s fundamental of course, the more you play, the more you begin to have rhythm, the more you have confidence and I think Ryan did very well. I took him off at the end because I wanted to add Pedro [Vite], having another like offensive player in the mix. But I think did well, [and] scored the goal. It was harder in the second half defensively, because, without the fullback behind, we have to manage when to press, when to drop. But I think that he played very well.”
Lucas Cavallini spoke about his performance tonight and the squad rotation for the Whitecaps vs Quakes. He was pleased scoring a goal but it was clear he would have been much happier with 3 points and the result tonight. “I mean each game I’m feeling better and better. I would have said it was my best game if we would have got the three points. Just all in all, happy with my performance and happy with the team spirit today.”
On the squad rotation for Vancouver over the last 3 matches, “We have a lot of depth in this team. So Vanni is used to making a lot of changes, there are always players that haven’t played that can play next game or not, or we’re always having fresh legs coming off the bench. I’m not worried about it too much and I think these moments at the time of the season are the best because players play three games or four games, and who doesn’t want to play games? Less training, more games.”
Erik Godoy spoke about the match today and the play of Lucas Cavallini, “I’m happy to help the team to tie in the last minute, we have to expect to be better in the defensive line because today we conceded three goals. I know that. We’ll have to keep working day by day to be better.” On Cava today, “Lucas is an important player for us. Today I think that he was the best on the field. He helped the team with goals and was very good in the area. If he keeps playing like this, he will come back to the national team.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Lots of things to choose from Saturday night for the Whitecaps vs Quakes 3-3 draw. Great saves, some nice goals, and lots of excitement. Some also disappointing things to come from the match as Vancouver was unable to get the 2-goal lead they needed to crush San Jose after the 1st goal. Also, I was once again unable to attend the match.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
I mentioned I felt we would get fireworks tonight from Cava I just didn’t know what kind they would be. Thankfully it was in the form of tonnes of chances and a goal and not a yellow card. He was all over the pitch and opened the scoring tonight for the Whitecaps.
Being up at the top with Brian White allowed both players the chance to drop and create play instead of just looking for the cross into the box. It worked well tonight as they both had lots of runs for not being the fleetest of the foot.
The Unnamed Save Of The Match
The keepers came out to play in the first half and Cody “The Stopper” Cropper was called upon to make 3 saves. None of them were as big as this one to stop Ebobisse in the 34th minute. He wasn’t able to steal a save in the second half for Vancouver but they were able to tie things up with a late goal to preserve the one point.
Vancouver will have to rely on Cropper in the near future as Thomas Hasal is still like at least 6 weeks away.
The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
This moment of the match is nonexistent because while I was able to attend via a zoom call I wasn’t able to get out to BC Place for tonight’s match. It also doesn’t look like I will be able to make the mid-week match but that is fine as long as next time I am there they have the roof open.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps get a bit of rest if you can call it that, as they don’t play again until Wednesday night against FC Dallas at 7:00 pm. With the draw, Vancouver temporarily jumps the Seattle Sounders with 8 points to move out of the MLS Western Conference basement. It was important for Vancouver to keep making BC Place hard to play in.
San Jose will return home for two matches but they won’t be easy. They will host the Portland Timbers on Wednesday at 4:30 pm before a weekend match hosting LAFC.
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