Season Review (Part One)
They worked hard most of the match but emerged with little to show for it.
In fact, in the clash with Colorado, the season long patterns for the three outfield units showed little signs of deviation from the established norm for this first Vancouver campaign.
The offence gave us a few moments to savour with intermittent creativity and kept the team in the game. However, the poor capacity of the midfield to retain possession, and the alarming frequency with which the defence made serious errors in judgment, leading to goals, continued as we have seen before.
The goaltending is harder to assess, as the Vancouver ‘keepers Nolly and Cannon were continually placed in the situation of having to cope with waves of shots as their defence often left them stranded.
Obviously, with new coach Martin Rennie from Scotland coming in next year, several changes will inevitably take place. The team let go their two assistant coaches earlier this week and are currently seeking replacements.
What other switches are in store are yet to be seen.
I would assume that the team is in the process of assessing some serious replacements for the defence and midfield.
The offence may also see some tinkering.
Over the next few weeks, we will be assessing the team’s performance this year in the MLS.
Starting with the defence, then on to the midfielders, strikers and goalkeepers, we will look at how each unit performed and what changes are suggested for next season.
In addition, as trade rumours and other personnel changes crop up we will keep our readers up to date with the Whitecaps evolution in MLS.