The Whitecaps won the possession battle for the first time this season, but a second-half equalizer denied them a second victoryThe Vancouver Whitecaps will enter the month of May still searching for their second win of this trying Major League Soccer season.The Philadelphia Union pounced on a second-half turnover to score a 66th-minute equalizer, snatching victory from the Caps’ hands yet again as Saturday’s game at B.C. Place Stadium ended in a 1-1 tie.Doneil Henry, with his second of the season, scored for the Whitecaps (1-5-3), while Kacper Przybylko answered for the Union (4-3-2), who have only lost once in their last six matches.Vancouver held an 11-8 advantage in scoring chances, not including a Yordy Reyna goal that was called back for offside — and confirmed by a VAR check — but squandered opportunities cost the Caps a game they desperately needed to win.“We did enough to win the game. We created enough opportunities,” said coach Marc Dos Santos. “But if you don’t finish your chances, you’re always playing on the edge.“In this league, the teams are good, every team has some quality, so you can’t play (on the edge) all the time. Today, we lost two points. I’m very, very disappointed. It’s 1-1, but I don’t feel it’s a point. I feel we deserved more.”Here’s what we learned:
Philadelphia Union’s David Accam, front left, and Vancouver Whitecaps’ Doneil Henry, front right, battle for the ball as Ali Adnan, back left, watches during the first half of an MLS game in Vancouver on Saturday, April 27.
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Ready, set … scoreFor just the third time this season, the Whitecaps scored off a set piece, with Henry notching his — surprise! — team-leading second of the year. He rose up and connected on a corner kick from Ali Adnan in the 41st minute, powerfully heading home a shot past Matt Freese in the Union goal.Corner-kick delivery has been particularly vexing for the coaching staff this season, but Adnan’s cross was in the perfect danger area — nine yards out, nearly on the penalty spot — and created enough separation from defender Auston Trusty to pound it home.It was the first set-piece goal since opening night against Minnesota, when Henry scored his first MLS goal since 2014 in the 81st minute, converting a corner-kick play from Inbeom Hwang and PC Giro.The 26-year-old centreback now has four career MLS regular-season goals, but has never scored more than one in a season.
Numerous seats sit empty after Whitecaps fans left their seats during an in-game walkout protest to show support for members of the 2008 women’s Whitecaps and under-20 Canadian national team who have alleged abuse by a former coach who ran both teams.
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Walking the walkThe Southsiders, Curva Collective and other Whitecaps fans went forward with their 35th-minute walkout protest, despite a meeting with team ownership and executives before the game.The results from the meeting were mixed, but a dialogue over the team’s handling of the 2008 women’s Whitecaps allegation that have dogged the team for months was established.As the clock clicked over to the 35th minute, hundreds of fans rose to their feet and began the walkout to the concourse, despite an exciting run from Yordy Reyna happening on the field behind them.There appeared to be fewer fans leaving their seats this time around, but that’s likely because of the crowd size. The announced attendance of 17,835 was one of the lowest of the season, and there were conspicuous bare patches around the stadium.Playing possessed For the first time this season, the Whitecaps won the possession battle: Vancouver held 52.7 per cent of the ball, Philly 47.3.The Caps came into the game ranked 22nd out of 24 teams in MLS with 45.3 per cent of the ball (45.5 at home), but Saturday’s result comes with a caveat: Philly also ranks 22nd when it comes to away possession (43.3 per cent).The Union had been giving up an MLS-best 8.5 shots per game, but the Whitecaps managed 12 in Saturday’s game. Conversely, Vancouver had been giving up an MLS-worst 18.5 shots per game, but Philly only mustered 11.The Union, now in second place in the Eastern Conference, held a 6-3 edge in shots on target.“We were the better team today, everyone can see that — it’s clear,” said midfielder Russell Teibert. “The discrepancy between them and us in the standings … we dominated them today. For one reason or another, luck just isn’t going our way right now.“(The possession advantage) shows we’re building in our philosophy, and building in our identity, and becoming the team we’re saying that we want to be.“This was a missed opportunity for us. It was a game we all felt that should have got three points.” Turnover turns down crowdDos Santos came into the game wary of Philly’s ability to press, create a turnover, then strike quickly in the other direction. The Union, who had outscored the opposition 10-3 in their last five games, put that dynamism on display in the 66th minute.Jameiro Montiero dispossessed a little-too-laid-back Adnan on the left flank, then threaded the needle with a pinpoint through-ball to Przbylko, who had snuck in behind Henry. The big German forward fired home a low ball to the far post from 15 yards out to tie the game 1-1.“We never felt on the bench that the game was out of control. It’s one play that happened, and then we paid the price for it,” said Dos Santos. “When it was 1-0, we were the best team on the field.”email@example.com/TheRealJJAdamsNEXT GAMEFridayVancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids6 p.m., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, TV: TSN; Radio: TSN 1040 AMCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org