History dictates that any time TFC and Vancouver meet, whether it's MLS play or in the Voyageurs Cup, there will be excitement. No need to re-hash history, but it's one filled with action. I'll be the first to admit, I was a little skeptical when I saw that Robbo was trotting out a 4-4-1-1 with Morales out wide left and Hurtado just in behind Manneh. Boy, was I wrong.
In the first 10 minutes, the Whitecaps were causing all sorts of problems for the TFC backline culminating in Perquis' serving up a big ol' softie for Kekuta Manneh to intercept and slot it past Clint Irwin. No more than 6 minutes later, some nice interchanges between Manneh and Hurtado, Kekuta's shot was kicked out by Irwin directly to an oncoming Christian Bolanos, who slotted one home to put the visitors up 2-0.
In the 35th, a turnover by Laba right at the top of the 18 led to a Teibert/Parker foul on Jozy Altidore in the box gave TFC their opening. With the freshly carded Pa-Modou Kah chirping at him, Altidore stepped up to take the penalty. He went to his right and found nothing but David Ousted and his outstretched hands to deny the attempt. This was the last action Altidore would see as he left the pitch with hamstring injury. But hold the phone, a minute later, off a beautiful deep ball by Perquis, two deft touches by Sebastian Giovinco later, TFC had pulled within 1. Less than two minutes later, TFC was threatening again, this time from a Giovinco free kick from about 20 yards out. Labelled for the top corner, Ousted manages to tip the ball over the bar for another TFC corner. Nothing would result from that and the half would end with the Caps up 2-1.
The second half would prove just as eventful as the first. After a relatively calm first 20 minutes of the half, things got interesting when Michael Bradley fed Giovinco to knot the game at 2. Was it time to panic? Not for Robbo and his men as less than 5 minutes later, on a vintage (is it too early to call something vintage) Manneh effort, the Caps re-took the lead in the 69th. 3 minutes later, Morales scored his first from open play to restore the Caps 2 goal advantage. Time to relax? Not so much. 4 minutes later, Aird picks up his second yellow of the match, and as we all know, 2 yellows = early shower and suspension for the next match. Cue the changes. TFC makes their second and Manneh is forced to make way for Jordan Smith (gasp) to replace the ejected Aird. 4 minutes later, in the 80th, off a Giovinco corner, Moor pulls TFC back within 1 to make it 4-3. The Caps had to buckle down as TFC threw everything, including the entire kitchen, at the Caps in the last 10 minutes. They stood tall, and after enduring 5 minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle blew, capping off an eventful and historic evening at the renovated BMO Field.
The Caps move onto Portland, and another Cascadia derby while TFC face NYCFC midweek.