Facing the conference leaders, on the road, in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569, WFC2 grinded their way to a valuable point in a hard fought 0-0 draw. Spencer Richey was strong once again between the sticks for Vancouver, as he made two crucial saves late to preserve his first clean sheet of the season. The draw means that WFC2 remain only three points back of Sacramento and with a game in hand.
Pa-Modou Kah made his debut in central defence for the ‘Caps, having recently been signed from the MLS roster as a player/coach. The 36 year-old veteran played 83 minutes alongside Sem de Wit in central defence and was integral in marshalling the backline to their first clean sheet in over two months.
Buoyed by the raucous home crowd, Sacramento spent much of the game on the front foot, especially in the first half. J.J. Koval forced Richey into a good save before Cameron Iwasa struck the woodwork on either side of halftime.
After surviving the first 45 unscathed, WFC2 showed more of a threat in the second half with both Ben McKendry and Daniel Haber coming close.
Long time West Ham striker, Carlton Cole, made his debut for Sacramento in the 76th. The 32 year-old had a glorious chance to find the winner but was stopped point blank by Richey in the 88th.
By showing the character and defensive resolve that has been missing over the last month, Vancouver stayed in the thick of the playoff race, one that has the ‘Caps both three points out of first and only one point away from sixth.
WFC2 head to Seattle next week for the final away game of the season before returning home for their last four regular season games.
Image: Douglas Taylor / Sacramento Republic FC