Whitecaps / SKC game summary
The Vancouver Whitecaps put in an improved effort in this mid-week effort but still came out on the short side of another 3-1 decision.
A poor first 65 minutes could not be salvaged by a more aggressive approach by the Whitecaps in the final third of the match.
Martin Rennie continued with the offensive 4-3-3 formation against Sporting. However, the inability of the team to start their push early on saw them scattered and back on their heels, overrun in midfield at times.
Joe Cannon had a rather undistinguished game, with some questions about his positioning on the first goal, which was scrambled in.
The defence has looked porous for two consecutive matches now, with some frequently shaky play. The least memorable moment was Martin Bonjour’s over enthusiastic back pass that raced past Cannon for an own goal.
The marking also continued to be intermittent and slack.
The midfield has been Jekyll and Hyde in spurts this year, and the monster was the prominent personality on display for the first 2/3 of the game. John Thorrington was particularly ineffective as a starting defensive midfielder, coming off after 60 minutes.
Sebastien Le Toux and Eric Hassli were the stars of the week for Vancouver and the French duo shone with 4 shots apiece, spearheading an attack that conjured 18 shots in total (though only 6 were on target) thanks to a late surge. Le Toux potted his third of the season with a scrambled finish off a cross that had slammed off the crossbar.
Man of the Match
Not for the first time, Sebastien Le Toux proved to be the leader of Van City and his incredible work rate saw him take his licks, but the never say die attitude persisted through to his late strike.
Play of the Game
Unfortunately the Martin Bonjour own goal was the turning point for a match that saw the team struggle to recover from being two goals down.
Quote Of the Game
“Textbook performance by SKC, they played well, they’re the team to catch up with. It gives us a challenge. Tonight was disappointing, but we get to see how much character in our lockeroom” – Martin Rennie
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