‘Caps reserves impress
The senior Whitecaps team has struggled for goals recently, but has otherwise been the most improved team in MLS this season. They are presently sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference, mainly as a result of having played one to two fewer games than their conference mates.
However, a win in their next game on Wednesday would vault them up to third place, looking far down on their miserable placement of last year.
The team has essentially fielded the same starting lineup four all five matches to date, aside from a few injuries, suspensions and enforced substitutions.
That has meant little senior squad playing time for the remainder of the Whitecaps personnel to open the year, but many of the newer recruits and secondary options have performed admirably in the MLS Reserves league.
At this time, the Reserve League Standings see the Vancouver Whitecaps in first place in the West Division.
Ex-Carolina RailHawks goalkeeper Brad Knighton, a protégé of coach Martin Rennie, has played well behind a stout defensive line of full backs Greg Klazura and Canadian Russell Teibert, alongside central defenders Michael Boxall, from New Zealand, and Carlyle Mitchell.
This group is veteran laden besides the youthful Teibert., who recently played in the U-23 Olympics qualifying.
The midfield in contrast has a young core, featuring two 27 year old outside attackers Matt Watson and Atiba Harris (rehabbing his injuries), and the central playmaking duo of year old Bryce Alderson (18) and Gershon Koffie (20).
The up and coming pair of Chinese Long Tan and American international Omar Salgado headline the forward pairing to this point.
Salgado, Tan and Mitchell have scored the ‘Caps’ three goals in their first two matches.
This impressive depth bodes well for the senior Vancouver team over a long and promising season.