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Vancouver FC Home Opener

In Photos: Vancouver FC’s Home Opener

By on May 8, 2023 0 1253 Views

New team Vancouver FC finally had their inaugural game at their new stadium Willoughby Community Park in Langley, British Columbia.

With a capacity crowd in attendance, they were hoping to seal the day with a home win. Instead, the hosts went down a man early, resulting in quite a dramatic opening match for Langley’s newest sporting venue to take in.

While our written match recap has a good summary, here’s a visual look back at the match in photos:

Smoke from the ‘Dark Side’ rises for the first time at Willoughby Park.
A healthy regiment of Cavalry fans made the trip to soak up history.
Shaan Hundal gets the better of Jose Escalante early on in the action.
Gabriel Bitar looses a shot in open play.
Jose Escalante goes down under debatable pressure from Shaan Hundal.
Callum Irving picks the ball out of the back of the net as the visitors take the lead.
Ibrahim Bakare voices his displeasure after being on the receiving end of a challenge.
Myer Bevan, still in hot form, tries to making something happen.
Shaan Hundal gets a shot off while going down under a challenge from Bradley Kamdem.
Marco Carducci looks on as Hundal’s shot finds its way beyond him.
Pele Martinez, already on a yellow, doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
Callum Irving makes an acrobat save to keep things level in added time.
Ethan Beckford tries to find a last-gasp winner for Cavalry FC.

Vancouver FC, having played an hour with ten men, must feel happy with a point. Conversely, Cavalry probably feel like it was two points lost.

Match Statistics

Possession: VFC 28% – CAV 72%
Shots: VFC 9 – CAV 18
Shots on Target: VFC 3 – CAV 3
Fouls: VFC 12 – CAV 21
Offsides: VFC 1 – CAV 2
Corners: VFC 2 – CAV 4

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