Whitecaps/ DC United game summary
The Vancouver Whitecaps managed a 0-0 draw in a rather dour, unexciting match that had but a few intermittent points of excitement.
The ‘Caps continued to maintain their near watertight defence that has come to characterize their newfound personality, but the offence was unable to generate much at the opposite end of the pitch in front of another impressive crowd of 19,394 supporters under the open roof at BC Place on a clear early Spring evening.
Coach Martin Rennie maintained his 4-2-3-1 positional tactics for the most part, though Sebastien Le Toux was pushed up at times alongside Hassli. As predicted, Matt Watson kept his place on the right side of Jun Marques Davidson as the defensively inclined midfielders in front of the back four.
Davide Chiumiento and Camilo stayed wide.
However, Vancouver’s offensive struggles of last week were even more pronounced this week. Against Chivas, the ‘Caps had two shots on goal, converting one. But the effort this week saw a paltry 8 shots in total, with none of them hitting goal.
Joe Cannon made a fortunate timely return from his leg strain and only had to deal with 3 shots on his goal, but one was a spectacular diving save to his right to keep out a header from Albanian forward Hamdi Salihi, who looked like the liveliest DC player on the night.
The back line continued its stout play, spearheaded by Jay DeMerit who has looked like a man possessed this year. His partnership with Martin Bonjour is becomingly increasingly comfortable with every outing.
The midfield was solid defensively but had little to offer moving forward. Chiumiento had one of his more forgettable nights, trying to do much on his own by running constantly one on two (or even three) defenders, frustrating his strikers with a lack of service.
Upon evidence from tonight’s middle of the park show, Barry Robson cannot show up soon enough to provide an offensive spark here.
The front line had little to work with this evening. Eric Hassli in particular let his frustrations show with the poor supply of balls from the wings to the strikers. He also received a yellow caution in the 33rd minute.
Man of the Match
Jay DeMerit has been the player of the season to this early point, with his aggressive positioning and promptness in tackles.
He led the team once again tonight.
Play of the Game
Joe Cannon is just behind DeMerit in terms of importance this year and his diving save on Salihi emphasized his value as the top choice for ‘keeper.
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