Sounders – Whitecaps Cascadia Derby Ends in a Draw
by Mike Russell
It was a bit of a feisty affair, as is to be expected with these rivalry games. But neither team was able to get on the score sheet, and the match ended in a 0-0 tie. But that result was enough to guarantee a fourth entrance into the playoffs for the four year old MLS Sounders.
This was my first trip north for a Sounders match, and it was also my first look inside the newly renovated BC Place in Vancouver. It has the capacity to hold around 55,000, but similar to the Sounders at Century Link Field, they close off the upper bowl in order to create a more intimate feel. The resulting crowd size is only 21,000.
Since it was a 6 PM start, thankfully the sun was not shining through the hole in the retractable roof. The shadows that are cast during a day game look like nightmare conditions to shoot in. Instead, there was nice even lighting on Saturday. Although, there was a noticeable change in the quality of light as it grew darker outside and we became more reliant on the stadium lights.
But enough about light. On to the photos…