SANDY, UT – In their second match of the week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played to a tight 0-0 draw against Western Conference side Houston Dynamo FC on Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The ‘Caps started the match brightly, testing the Dynamo backline with plenty of balls into the box.
Cristian Dájome had the best chance for the Blue and White 20 minutes in, as his Colombian compatriot Deiber Caicedo whipped in a perfect ball into his path off a corner kick, but the ‘Caps’ leading goalscorer couldn’t direct his effort on target.
After the ‘Caps’ early pressure, it was the Dynamo’s turn to spring forward as Maximiliano Urruti blasted a curling free kick off the post, much to the relief of ‘Caps goalkeeper Thomas Hasal.
Neither side could find the game’s opening goal, meaning the teams would go into the break deadlocked at 0-0.
Both sides would come out of the halftime interval searching for the opener.
The ‘Caps came closest to taking the leading in the 56th minute, with Cristian Gutiérrez almost curling in his first MLS goal off a free kick just outside the Dynamo penalty area.
Fast-forward to the 81st minute, Gutiérrez would get another free kick chance but this time opted to cross into the box for his teammates. Tosaint Ricketts, Andy Rose and Ranko Veselinovic all threw themselves towards the ball but couldn’t force anything towards the Dynamo goal.
The Blue and White continued to press forward in the closing minutes but couldn’t find the opening goal, claiming their fourth point of the week and their third clean sheet of the season.
They’ll now switch their focus to this weekend’s away clash against an in-form LAFC side at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on TSN1/4 and AM730, with the radio pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Stay tuned to whitecapsfc.com for the latest news and updates.
GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Andy Rose
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Possession: VAN 50.8 – HOU 49.2
Shots: VAN 8 – HOU 8
Shots on Goal: VAN 0 – HOU 1
Saves: VAN 1 – HOU 0
Fouls: VAN 11 – HOU 13
Offsides: VAN 2 – HOU 2
Corners: VAN 4 – HOU 7
24' - VAN - Andy Rose
42' - HOU - Hadebe
83' - HOU - Fafa Picault
83' - VAN - Caio Alexandre
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Thomas Hasal; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 15.Andy Rose, 3.Cristian Gutierrez; 19.Janio Bikel, 55.Michael Baldisimo (32.Patrick Metcalfe 85'), 31.Russell Teibert © (8.Caio Alexandre 62'); 11.Cristian Dájome, 24.Brian White (87.Tosaint Ricketts 73'), 7.Déiber Caicedo
Substitutes not used
12.Evan Newton, 14.Theo Bair, 17.Leonard Owusu, 22.Érik Godoy, 23.Javain Brown, 27.Ryan Raposo
Houston Dynamo FC
1.Marko Maric; 4.Zarek Valentin, 5.Tim Parker, 18.Teenage Hadebe, 29.Sam Junqua, 3.Adam Lundkvist (8.Memo Rodríguez 59'); Matías Vera, 21.Derrick Jones (23.Darwin Quintero 58'), 14.Joe Corona; 10.Fafa Picault, 37.Maximiliano Urruti
Substitutes not used26.Michael Nelson, 2.Alejandro Fuenmayor, 7.Mateo Bajamich, 16.José Bizama, 25.Griffin Dorsey, 30.Ian Hoffmann