When thunderstorms rolled through the so-called Sunshine State with 30 minutes left in a scoreless MLS match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire, you had to laugh.
In a year as bizarre as 2020 — not to mention these Caps were playing without much of their top attacking talent and were down to their third-string goalkeeper — the fact Vancouver looked all but eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament due to Mother Nature made perfect sense.
Had the Orlando storms carried on through the day, the remaining third of the match would have been called off and considered official because of the time played.
But almost 90 minutes after the game was paused — during which at least two lightning strikes were observed — play resumed and the Whitecaps played with, you guessed it, an electricity that hadn’t been present before the break.
The lift in play had less to do with weather and more about the substitutions Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos made moments before the weather-induced break.