The 'Caps made three changes to their starting lineup, bringing Corey Hertzog, Erik Hurtado and Russell Teibert -- Hertzog scored on his debut to give his team a road point.
After falling twice consecutively on the road, head coach Martin Rennie dropped Camilo, Darren Mattocks and Gershon Koffie in favour of Russell Teibert, Corey Hertzog and Erik Hurtado.
The young trio didn’t disappoint, and in the end it was actually Hertzog who scored the equalizer on 62 minutes.
“It just shows how deep our team is,” Teibert told Vancouver radio station TEAM 1410 following the match. “If you do work hard in training and do well in the reserve games you will get your chance. I think the coaching staff is willing to play young players.”
Hertzog’s goal came in a peculiar way, as two San Jose players were off the pitch changing cleats, which gave the Whitecaps an eleven-to-nine advantage for a brief spell.
“I don’t know first of all if they had permission to leave the field,” Rennie said on the radio broadcast following the match. “You shouldn’t leave the field unless you have permission. Maybe they did. Then it’s up to the referee to bring them back on when he sees fit to do that.
“At the same time, it’s very unusual that two players would go off on the same time to change their shoes. Usually if there’s two guys who need to do it, only one would do it at a time – so that’s not our fault.”
Hertzog’s goal was his first as a Whitecap and it came in his first appearance, to give Vancouver its first away point of the campaign. But it wasn’t a perfect performance from Vancouver, which gave away a poor goal after Jun Marques Davidson lingered on the ball in a dangerous position 18 minutes in.
Chris Wondolowski, who caused the turnover, was the ultimate beneficiary on the play as Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon combined to set up the 2012 MLS Golden Boot winner up for the opener.
The Whitecaps, now 2-2-1, prepare for a home matchup against Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Saturday.