MLS: Whitecaps 1, Rapids 2
October 23, 2011
BC Place, Vancouver
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
The Caps’ first season in the MLS was not a good one to say the least, but even though they finished the season tied with New England for the fewest points in the league the future is bright for Vancouver soccer.
Here are 5 reasons the Whitecaps lost to the Rapids
1. Vancouver could not hold the lead – After entering the half at 0-0 Vancouver got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Alain Rochat in the 49th minute, but the Caps’ D could not hold, as Colorado knotted the score at 1-1 in the 59th minute and took the lead in the 84th minute. Vancouver G Joe Cannon stated after the match, “We created the first goal, we had our chances, but we kind of let things get away from us.”
2. The Whitecaps could not take advantage on early chances – The Caps had some excellent chances early, but could not find the back for the net. Long Tan had a great chance in the 18th minute, but had a shot denied and Nizar Khalfan even had a break-away chance, but fired wide right of the goal.
3. Caps did not have many legit chances - While Vancouver had 9 shots in the game they only had 2 on goal and that is not going to cut the mustard. Colorado G Matt Pickens, who made a mistake early in the 2nd half that gave the Whitecaps the 1-0 lead, only made 1 save on goal in the entire match.
4. The Caps could not build on first half momentum – It was Vancouver that had most of the scoring chances in the first half in front of their home crowd, but they could not capitalize. The 21,000 strong should have been given a goal in the first half, but were denied.
5. Vancouver could not clear the line in the 2nd half – The Caps could not clear the line late in the 2nd half and that directly led to Wells Thompson’s match-winning goal in the 84th minute.
Next Up: There is no next up for the Caps, who ended their season with the home loss to Colorado, but since the Vancouver fans have been so great you can expect another great season of soccer, with higher expectations, later this year.