Whitecaps/ FC Dallas game summary
An at times tired looking Whitecaps team, playing on short rest, managed to squeeze out a 1-0 victory over a strong Dallas squad. The Vancouver Whitecaps needed a boost though from a lineup shakeout, to refresh the regular starting group.
Dallas replied with a rare 4-1-4-1 look that emphasized midfield strength and a defensive mindset. The end result was a game that saw the centre of the park clogged up, with space to move at a premium.
Vancouver’s response to Dallas’ superior possession (near 57%) was to hit some high chips over the top of the Dallas lines.
Camilo scored off a neat piece of skill following a couple of these early high balls.
Martin Rennie’s team selection played a key role in yesterday’s win with the astute decision to restore Camilo to the opening lineup, and a first starter’s role for Salgado, who had shone previously in a substitute capacity against Sporting Kansas City.
Joe Cannonwas back to his steady best managing to keep out the 5 Dallas shots that reached his net.
The Whitecaps back line looked to have regained their structural integrity with a solid effort, as they shackled the Dallas midfield numbers. In particular, they did a good job shutting down Brek Shea, the young American talent who makes the Texan team’s midfield engine home.
He created a couple of half chances and won some free kicks but never looked quite like breaching the Vancouver defence.
YP Lee earned the assist on the Camilo goal.
Matt Watson, Gershon Koffie, and especially the solid Jun Marques Davidson, provided a hard working link between the backs and forwards.
The three midfielders grinded well with the battling Dallas opposition.
Once more, the Vancouver forwards looked good and they all focussed effectively in a two way capacity. The very young Salgado appears to have matured considerably since last year, making much better decisions on the ball.
Camilo’s trickery adds an element of unpredictability to this unit.
Man of the Match
Jun Marques Davidson played under the radar but his work ethic gave strength to the spine of the Whitecaps on this day.
Play of the Match
Camilo Sanvezzo changed the game in the 11th minute with his magical work.
Quote Of The Week
“A perfect strike for Camilo. No chance for the goalkeeper. A 1-0 lead.” – David Norman Whitecaps color analyst. (Music to my ears)
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