Despite a late flourish in the second half the Vancouver Whitecaps were unable to find an equalizer as they dropped their third straight MLS road match to the Columbus Crew 2-1. The coaching staff employed a similar tactic as in their midweek victory over the Impact where they seemed to conserve energy in the first half and then were looking to push forward in the second. Unfortunately a couple of individual mistakes allowed the Crew to capitalize and put the Whitecaps in a hole they were unable to climb out of.
The first ten minutes of the first half saw the Whitecaps open with some pressure as Chiumiento opened the game with a couple of chances including one from 20 yards that just went over the box. Columbus then took over the last 30 minutes of the half as the Whitecaps seemed to play back and allow the home side possession. Near the end of the half, the Caps defenders were barely able to hang on as the Crew applied heavy pressure and were given a couple of dangerous free kicks in the final third. The Columbus Crew's multiple free kicks were not converted as both teams went into the half scoreless.