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For now, Joe Cannon is the starter for the Whitecaps. And the veteran certainly isn’t taking that role for granted. (REUTERS)
Joe Cannon was thrown into a rather special situation Monday night.
Originally serving as the backup goalkeeper as his club's reserve squad faced the Seattle Sounders reserves, the Vancouver Whitecaps veteran was called into duty with only minutes remaining in the match. Except it was not at his usual position.
After forward Sam Adekugbe went down with an ankle injury, Vancouver was forced to make an interesting late decision by filling the vacant offensive position with their lone remaining substitute. That so happened to be Cannon.
"It was about protecting the young player's health and Joe was available so we put him in," coach Paul Ritchie said. "He enjoyed going in there for the last three or four minutes.
"It was an experience Joe probably never thought he would have had … and he was a wee bit nervous. He made the most of it."
Despite the Whitecaps ultimately dressing two keepers on the field, the team still allowed an added-time goal to Seattle's David Estrada as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.