whitecaps 3, earthquakes 3: Erik Godoy the equalizer

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Whitecaps and Earthquakes combine for six second-half goals in a game decided at the last minute.

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Some members of the Vancouver Whitecaps organization have pointed out that bringing Erik Godoy back to the starting lineup doesn’t make him a savior.

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That didn’t stop him from playing hero Saturday night at BC Place.

In his second full 90-minute streak after being injured since the start of the season, Godoy’s 90th-minute equalizer capped a wild second half where the Caps and San Jose Earthquakes combined to six goals in a 3-3 draw.

Lucas Cavallini and Ryan Raposo also scored for Vancouver (2-6-2, 14th West), who ceded their bottom-end Western Conference position to the Seattle Sounders.

Jeremy Ebobisse, with two, and Jamiro Montiero scored for San Jose (2-5-4, 11th West), which had lost its previous four road games this year.

The game ended with a header from Cavallini looking outside the post, almost stealing three points for the Whitecaps and sending away the announced crowd of 15,087 happy.

Here’s what we learned.

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Russell Teibert (31) blocks San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Eric Remedi (5) during the first half at BC Place.
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Russell Teibert (31) blocks San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Eric Remedi (5) during the first half at BC Place. Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin /USA TODAY Sports

VALID POLLO

Raposo was once a trivial question: “Who was the player picked just before West Brom’s $10 million transferee, Daryl Dike, in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft?”

Now he has made a name for himself.

Raposo registered a goal and an assist on Saturday afternoon, making his second consecutive start and scoring in consecutive games. He now has three goals and one assist in nine appearances this year.

“Ryan is a fighter. Ryan is a guy who even at the start of the season saw himself very low in the depth chart,” head coach Vanni Sartini said on Wednesday.

“He fought, he went through learning a new position as a winger. He may need to improve a bit more defensively, but he gave us a lot of quality.

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NEXT GAME

Wednesday

FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps

7 p.m., British Columbia location, TV: TSN, Radio: AM730


HOW THEY SCORED

Cavallini’s biggest contribution to the Caps’ first goal – aside from scoring it – was his magnificent sell job to earn a free kick just wide of Vancouver’s midfield, convincing referee Tim Ford that he had been slandered.

As the Quakes fought over the call, Flo Jungwirth took the kick quickly, and a touch later Cavallini had it in space. A deft back and forth with Raposo led to a low grass burner in the bottom corner from Cavallini to make it 1-0 in the 54th.

The Quakes’ goal came from their considerable possession, which most of the time in the final third seemed to be trying to get it across the line instead of putting it in dangerous spots. But Cristian Espinoza changed that with a quick cross from the baseline, and Montiero – weaving in between Michael Baldisimo and Jungwirth – rose to head in the 62nd-minute equalizer.

San Jose took the lead 10 minutes later after snuffing out a promising attack. Dieber Caicedo was kicked off the ball just outside Quakes’ penalty area, and with the crowd booing as the ball went the other way, Cade Cowell put a right cross over Ebobisse’s boot to a one-touch goal.

But it took just two minutes for Raposo to respond, Caicedo freezing defenders and finding his team-mate alone on the corner of the penalty area.

Two more goals followed in quick succession, with Godoy connecting on a low volley to put a corner in the back of the net just as the clock ticked down for 90 minutes.

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San Jose Earthquakes goaltender JT Marcinkowski (1) jumps to stop a Vancouver Whitecaps corner kick during the first half at BC Place.
San Jose Earthquakes goaltender JT Marcinkowski (1) jumps to stop a Vancouver Whitecaps corner kick during the first half at BC Place. Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin /USA TODAY Sports

MAY MANIA

There will always be little rest for the Whitecaps, with four more games ahead of them before the end of the month. It’s another Wednesday (FC Dallas), Sunday (Charlotte FC), Wednesday (Cavalry FC), Saturday (Sporting KC), with the final three on the road.

The long-term wounds of Thomas Hasal, Triston Blackmon and Caio Alexandre will hopefully be healed by then, and the visa formalities slowing the arrival of Andrés Cubas will be resolved.

But that means a lot of team rotation for the Caps and an ever-changing starting XI.

“To be honest, I love it,” head coach Vanni Sartini said earlier this week. “I like it so I can tinker with the formation without you saying I’ve changed too much. We have to be very careful.

“So we will, of course, have to juggle the 11 every time and try to play the best team in every game. I’m happy that Leo (Owusu) is back, Guti (Cristián Gutiérrez) is back, Caio will resume full training (Thursday) and then in two weeks he can play again.

“So we have players now and we can rotate. And maybe there’s magic in immigration and Cubas is here next week. It will be good because now I have a lot of players who can play.

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