Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Whitecaps 0-2 LA Galaxy

This Whitecaps team has work to do.  Those were the words I sighed to myself as I was en route to my computer to write this piece.  And truer words have never been spoken.

What a sad, sad few weeks for this team. 

Without further ado, your love ’em and hate ’em for this week’s match (which could’ve easily been entitled hate ’em and hate ’em).

Love ’em

Oh, Canada!

What a match for the young Canadian, Russell Teibert!  Making his first start of the season, no ‘Cap looked more composed and under control than Teibert.  He was the youngest out there, to boot.

The Niagara Falls native is still looking for his first MLS goal, but if he continues the fine play, the goals will follow.

With Dane Richards heading overseas at season’s end, Teibert and Omar Salgado could pencil in as the wingers in Martin Rennie’s attack for years to come.

One too many?

When lineups were released just a short while before kickoff, a surprising addition to the starting Xl was goalkeeper Brad Knighton.  It may have been resting Joe Cannon but more than likely it was him losing his job.  Personally, I was ecstatic that he got the start over Joe Cannon.

While Cannon started hot, he has cooled off recently and the weak free kick last week against Portland was the last straw apparently.  Knighton has played solid in all his appearances, and really impressed in August against Real Salt Lake while Cannon served a one game suspension.

Another solid start for Brad Knighton tonight, as he allowed two goals, but they were two goals that no ‘keeper in the world could’ve saved.

Hopefully he sees the pitch again in Dallas later this month!

Let’s do it again sometime

Ever since coming over in a trade from Philadelphia last summer, Jordan Harvey has been one of my favorite Whitecaps, and one of the ‘Caps that has impressed me the most.  He has been more of a super sub, and was mostly utilized coming on for Davide Chiumiento when holding a lead.

With Martin Rennie resting both YP Lee and Alain Rochathe stepped in to the starting lineup for his 12th start of the season, and was solid once again.

Now, for the easy part…

Hate ’em

The goal is that way

A theme that I’ve began to notice in the past few matches, is that when the ‘Caps are pushing the ball forward, it’s almost like they are doing it because it’s something they’re supposed to do.  But they’re not doing it with a purpose or decisively, they’re doing it because they have too.  And with only two goals in a little over a month, that needs to change.

It all starts with designated player Kenny Miller, who is getting closer.

Whitecaps Rennie

Not so fast says Rennie. “Don’t panic yet”

There is still 6 games left, Dane

It was announced earlier this week that Dane Richards would be going to England to play for Burnley FC of the Championship division, but if tonight’s performance is any indication of what’s to come, he might as well already leave.

What makes Richards so dangerous is his confidence and ability to take on fullbacks one on one and win those matchups.

He didn’t do that tonight, and someone needs to remind him he is a Whitecap until November.

Now is NOT a good time!

YP Lee has played every single minute of every single MLS game for the Whitecaps this season.  Until tonight.  That’s right, the ‘Caps best player gets rested in the ‘Caps biggest game of the season (thus far).

Another one of the league’s best fullbacks, Alain Rochat also got the night off.  Why not rest important players in trips out east against weaker teams, or against basement dwellers Colorado?

Up until this point, I have been holding up a crowd of ‘the sky is falling!’ Whitecap supporters, but now I am a large barrel of gasoline in the middle of a frantic fire of ‘Caps supporters. 

Two different analogies, same point.  That’s right ‘Caps fans, hit the panic button.

And unless Rennie’s team returns to BC Place on the 23rd with three more (HUGE) points, do not let off the panic button.

Video highlights courtesy of Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie comments after 2-0 loss to Galaxy.


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