The Brazilian striker missed a close-range shot with the game's last kick which could have given his club a first win in seven.
The best chance of the match came with the final play of the game, as Camilo missed from close range after Kenny Miller flicked a Barry Robson cross in the direction of the Brazilian, only to see the ball flash just agonizingly wide of Michael Gspurning’s goal as 21,000 souls emitted sighs of anguish or relief, depending on their allegiance.
“Everybody just held their breath and thought that was going to be the game-winning goal,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said. “But we win games together, we tie and lose games together and Camilo’s obviously won us a lot of games before so it’s just one of those things. I’m sure he would side foot it next time but at the end of the day maybe it wasn’t for today.”
Still, keeping a clean sheet for the first time since a scoreless draw with Chivas USA on July 7 was a positive the club was quick to latch onto.
“It’s been too long,” captain Jay DeMerit said that following the game. “If we do try to stay positive it’s about that clean sheet and that comes from the 11. It’s not just us four at the back, it’s a team effort.
“You look at the guys – there were a lot of tired bodies out there because we got behind the ball, we did our work and kept a good Seattle team scoreless, and that’s the main thing we’ve got to keep going for the final three games of our season, but now we got to go find the net.”
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The match was also a showcase of the partnership between DeMerit and Andy O’Brien, who have hardly played together since O’Brien’s arrival in August.
“I think what he brings is a wealth of experience and somebody who’s been there and done it at the highest level for many years,” DeMerit said of O’Brien. “When you combine that with someone who communicates, someone who’s dependable, that means it’s a good partnership.
“For never playing together really since the Portland [Timbers] game I thought we played very well together as a partnership.”
Perhaps the most significant moment of the match for the club’s playoff hopes happened 38 minutes in, as Darren Mattocks went down after bursting past Jeff Parke into the area, leaving with an apparent hamstring strain.
“Hopefully the week goes well,” Mattocks said. “Probably I’ll be out for [Wednesday’s game against Chivas USA], but there’s plenty of time for the 21st [against the Portland Timbers].”
The Whitecaps next play Chivas USA on Wednesday, with their record standing at 10-12-9.