Dramatic draw dims playoff dreams for Whitecaps 0
Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. (WHITECAPS FC FILE PHOTO)
The Vancouver Whitecaps' dreams of making the playoffs aren't over just yet — thanks to the heroics of Camilo. But it doesn't look good.
Even though their odds of making the MLS post-season for a second straight year wasn't all that great heading into Sunday's match, the 'Caps still had hope. And they turned that hope into a dramatic 2-2 draw with rivals Portland Timbers at BC Place.
In the end, it wasn't a victory — which they badly needed — but they aren't mathematically eliminated yet. They still need plenty of luck and positive results in their final three games if they are to earn a spot in the playoffs — currently six points back.
Sunday, they picked up a crucial single point, refusing to give up after two setbacks.
Portland struck first as midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored from about 25 yards out in the 41st minute.
The 'Caps finally answered back as Camilo potted his 17th marker of the season in the 76th minute to wake up the home crowd. A minute later though, the Timbers momentarily silenced the suddenly lively fans as their captain Will Johnson scored to regain the lead for the visitors.
As if that sequence wasn't intense enough, Camilo then added another on a spectacular scissor volley.
The Whitecaps head to Seattle to face the Sounders Wednesday.