Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Whitecaps 1 – 2 RSL

For the second straight match, it seemed as though the referee was wearing tinted glasses, this time claret coloured.

Love ’em

Great Scot once again..

More times this evening, it seemed as though the colour commentators had said something along the lines of ‘A beautiful ball by Robson!’ than scoring chances by the Whitecaps.

Barry Robson continued to show he brings more than experience and a scoring touch to the Whitecaps, this time giving ‘Caps captain Jay DeMerit a piece of his mind after the rough challenge in the air that led to a penalty.

Robson played as near perfect as you can play during the first 70 minutes of Sunday’s match against San Jose, following it up with a terrific 90 minute performance tonight in Utah.

In Rennie we trust..

Newcomer Dane Richards gave the San Jose backline nightmares on Sunday, and continued this tonight, having a few great opportunities, including two of them that ended in corner kicks.

With a bit more time to gel with Darren Mattocks and other teammates, the Whitecaps would have had at least one more in the back of the net.

After much criticized signings of Robson, Richards and Kenny Miller, the trio hopefully silenced said critics tonight, with the best opportunity of the second half coming from a Robson ball to Richards, who then crossed it onto Miller’s awaiting forehead, just barely missing the far post.

A 90 minute struggle for the ‘Caps that ended with them a man down, and a goal down after the final whistle. (Getty Images)

Y.P. Lee continues to impress..

Nobody has done their job better this season than the South Korean international.

His composure has been excellent, no time more evident than in the 90th minute, with two Real Salt Lake players bearing down on him, he calmly danced around them and eventually forced a throw in for Vancouver.

He has taken charge when necessary, taking two shots from distance this evening and countless crosses into the box.

Hate ’em

Ben Olsen..

During Wednesday’s All-Star game, DeMerit logged 45 more minutes than originally agreed, and it showed. He looked fatigued at the best of times, and not just physically.

His errant pass back to Joe Cannon, which led to a red card to the veteran ‘keeper, a situation that could’ve been avoided had DeMerit played on a decent amount of rest.

Wanted: Darren Mattocks scoring touch?..

Second overall pick Mattocks went on a tear through early summer, scoring often and made Sebastien Le Toux and Eric Hassli expendable.

He still brings the same pace and skill to the front, but there was at least three opportunities to score that he didn’t capitalize on.

The goal he did put in the net, was off of a brilliant ball by Camilo, which brings me to the last point.

Camilo over Kenny Miller..

Camilo brought the perfect complement to Eric Hassli last season, taking defenders on one on one giving Hassli the space he needed, but this season he’s looked lost.

A beautiful touch to Mattocks aside, Miller was much more effective.

Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com


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    Tough loss for VFC. Horse crap call on that first penalty too. Brutal.

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