Lucas Cavallini drives ‘Caps in comeback

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC kicked off their third straight home game at BC Place with a 3-3 draw against Western Conference foes San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon.

As the first half progressed with both sides hunting for the opening goal, ‘Caps goalkeeper Cody Cropper saved a Cristian Espinoza shot just outside the box inside the 21st minute of the match.

San Jose continued to press, as Espinoza crossed a ball inside the box to forward Jeremy Ebobisse, his header was then denied by Cropper in the 34th minute.

The ‘Caps then looked for the momentum to swing their way, as Brian White’s one touch pass led to Ryan Raposo curling a shot right outside the top corner of the net in the 40th minute of the game.

The second half turned out to be a wild. It started as Lucas Cavallini’s footwork outside the box led to a give-and-go with Raposo, which saw Cavallini finishing the opportunity to open the scoring in the 52nd minute of the match.

However, the Earthquakes answered to the Blue & White’s push in the 62nd minute of the match, as Espinoza’s cross found Jamiro Monteiro to head it in and level the game midway through the second half.

As San Jose’s defence fended off a ‘Caps counterattack, Cade Cowell’s pass from the left side connected to Ebobisse in the 73rd minute of the match to give the away side a 2-1 lead.

Sartini’s side would not give up, as Cavallini’s drive to the final third ended with a cross that found Déiber Caicedo inside the box, his patience then led to Raposo scoring the tying goal in the 75th minute.

The ‘Quakes pace from Cowell led to another counter attack as he fed the ball inside the box to Espinoza, his pass then gave Ebobisse a brace in the 81st minute of the match.

The scoring was not done. Following a corner from Caicedo, Érik Godoy’s low finish levelled the match at the 91st minute.

The home side looked to find the winner in added time, as Gutierrez’s cross found Cavallini just before the final whistle, but his header trickled just wide off the far post.

The ‘Caps conclude their May home stand at BC Place with an upcoming match against FC Dallas this coming Wednesday, May 18. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. PT. For tickets, visit

VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Lucas Cavallini
Attendance: 15,087
Referee: Timothy Ford

Scoring Summary
52’ – VAN – Lucas Cavallini (Ryan Raposo)
62’ – SJ – Jamiro Montero (Cristian Espinoza, Jan Gregus)
73’ – SJ – Jeremy Ebobisse (Cade Cowell)
75’ – VAN – Ryan Raposo (Déiber Caicedo, Lucas Cavallini)
81’ – SJ – Jeremy Ebobisse (Cristian Espinoza, Cade Cowell)
90’+1’ – VAN – Érik Godoy (Déiber Caicedo)

Possession: VAN 39.1% – SJ 60.9%
Shots: VAN 15 – SJ 15
Shots on Goal: VAN 7 – SJ 6
Saves: VAN 3 – SJ 4
Fouls: VAN 13 – SJ 14
Offsides: VAN 0 – SJ 0
Corners: VAN 3 – SJ 5

5’ – VAN – Érik Godoy
14’ – VAN – Russell Teibert
27’ – SJ – Nathan
33’ – VAN – Cristian Dájome

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
55.Cody Cropper; 23.Javain Brown (3.Cristian Gutiérrez 70’), 22.Érik Godoy, 26.Florian Jungwirth, 28.Jake Nerwinski; 31.Russell Teibert (33.Michael Baldisimo HT), 16.Sebastian Berhalter; 11.Cristian Dájome, 27.Ryan Raposo (45.Pedro Vite 83’); 24.Brian White (7.Déiber Caicedo 67’), 9.Lucas Cavallini

Substitutes not used
60.Isaac Boehmer, 2.Marcus Godinho, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 14.Luís Martins, 17.Leonard Owusu

San Jose Earthquakes
1.JT Marcinkowski; 3.Paul Marie, 13.Nathan, 80.Francisco Calvo, 27.Marcos Lopez; 35.Jamiro Monteiro (16.Jack Skahan 90’), 5.Eric Remedi (17.Jan Gregus 54’), 14.Jackson Yueill; 10.Cristian Espinoza, 11.Jeremy Ebobisse (28.Benji Kikanovic 90’), 44.Cade Cowell (25.Ousseni Bouda 84’)

Substitutes not used
12.Matt Bersano, 15.Tanner Beason, 22.Tommy Thompson, 23.Oskar Agren, 30.Niko Tsarkiris