FC Dallas vs. Whitecaps blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Whitecaps 0-2 FC Dallas

Budweiser Man of the Match: Young-Pyo Lee
Referee: Matthew Foerster
Attendance: 19,006
Scoring summary:
60′ – DAL – Fabian Castillo (David Ferreira, Zach Loyd)
70′ – DAL – Jonathan Top (David Ferreira, Jair Benitez)

The Vancouver Whitecaps offense struggled mightily without striker Darren Mattocks and winger Dane Richards, who were both off on international duty with Jamaica.

With the victory, FC Dallas now sits just eight points behind the ‘Caps.

Love ’em

International Experience

Forwards Darren Mattocks, Etienne Barbara and midfielders Russell Teibert, Dane Richards weren’t available for the match due to international call ups.  Mattocks and Richards for Jamaica, Teibert for Canada and Barbara for Malta.

In the case of Barbara and Teibert, the experience they’ll gain is valuable for the youngsters, but the ‘Caps really missed the Jamaican duo in the lineup against Dallas.

Back and Stronger Than Ever

Former FC Dallas forward Atiba Harris was acquired by the Whitecaps in the expansion draft, but has seen the treatment table more than the pitch in his time in Vancouver.  But healthy again, he saw was a part of the starting Xl for last night’s match.

There were bumps along the way, miss playing a few balls but he also showed the promise to fill the role vacated by Eric Hassli, giving backline headaches and body aches trying to deal with his big frame.

He almost scored off the ‘Caps first corner had it not been for a poor call against Kenny Miller.

Good work, Alain!

Left back Alain Rochat did a fantastic job tonight in keeping tabs on former MVP David Ferreira (more on him later) with the exception of the second goal.

Rochat in general had a fantastic job and made several good runs up the pitch.  Absolutely a bright spot in an ugly performance by the back line.

Hate ’em

We Need You Jay!

Oh boy, that was ugly.  What an awful night for the Vancouver back line.  Individually, they all had good games.  Rochat already praised, Y.P. Lee did his usual thing, but did commit an ugly turnover in the second half.  Andy O’Brien looked to fit in, in his first start, but he was rusty.

Team Canada

The Whitecaps paid tribute to the Canadian national womens soccer team. The girls grabbed the bronze medal in London.

Martin Bonjour picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last night, and will miss Saturday’s Cascadia Cup match against Seattle Sounders.

If Jay DeMerit isn’t back by then, look for Alain Rochat to slide inside next to O’Brien and Jordan Harvey to take his spot on the left.

Camilo O No

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done nothing but sing Camilo ‘s praise these past few weeks as he tries to get back into form, but why is he still taking corner kicks when they create nothing.  Five Whitecap corners tonight and one good scoring chance created off of them.

He was up to his old antics last night as well, trying a selfish play, turned the ball over and took a dumb foul as a result.

With Atiba Harris healthy again Camilo won’t get a spot in the starting Xl given to him anymore.

2010 MVP, 2012 Goat…

In an already frustrating performance by the Whitecaps, one thing that really fired me up was FC Dallas forward David Ferreira.  He went down like a ton of bricks late in the match after Y.P. Lee tapped the back of his ankle, and jumped up pushing when Jun Marques Davidson tried to help him up.

There is no place in the game for this, and was an ugly display of sportsmanship by both sides. The Whitecaps kickoff a HUGE road trip this weekend, with stops in Seattle, Portland, L.A. and Dallas.

This will have huge playoff implications, and it kicks off this Saturday at 1, in Seattle.


“It was a disappointing night – a frustrating game for us,” said Whitecaps FC HC Martin Rennie.

Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com


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