Vancouver Whitecaps Round-up
This week the Whitecaps had an extra mid-week game at Bell Pitch and, thanks to an astute decision to give more time to blood their youngsters, the team responded with an efficient 2-1 decision over DC United.
An emphasis on getting more crosses into the opposition box paid off in spades with two well-crafted goals.
First of all, left-sided midfielder Jordan Harvey collected a pass to the outside and curled an exquisite ball towards the far right-hand post where Camilo, on a great run of form, nipped in from behind the defender to knock the ball in past the ‘keeper.
In the second half, the delightfully named Long Tan, sounding suspiciously like a rogue character from Sixteen Candles, headed in another cross from the left wing. A late goal from DC United was not enough to deny the Vancouver boys from claiming consecutive victories.
This coming weekend, on Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps travel to the Lone Star state to take on FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park (and we wonder why there is an obesity epidemic in North America).
The Texan team finally won in their last match after a four game losing streak. However, they continue to sit in 4th place in the Western Conference, 21 points up on Vancouver.
Native Texan midfielder Brek Shea is a tall, strong scorer, with ten goals to his credit. Together with five goals Honduran partner Martin Chavez in the middle of the park, FC Dallas provides plenty of offensive weaponry moving forward.
The latest round of international matches has concluded with no significant part to play by any of the Whitecaps members.
Atiba Harris remains the main absentee through injury, and may miss the rest of this season in order to recuperate fully for next year.
Watching the Wave (Editorial)
Despite some criticism regarding questionable decisions on the tactics side from coach Tom Soehn, he does deserve credit for rolling the dice on the fortunes of using his younger squad members.
Quite clearly many of the more established players have not played well enough to maintain their status, and with nothing really to lose at this stage of the campaign, the team was due for a shake-up.
There is sure to be a number of changes coming up in the off-season, so this is an ideal time for the ‘Caps to get a better look at their roster outside of training.
There also certainly appears to be some talent worth watching, based on this result, as the Whitecaps dismantled a DC team that is desperate to move up the playoff standings in the Eastern Conference.
Hopefully, Vancouver can keep this run going to build confidence for next season.
|8:30 PM ET||Record|
|VANWH||6-16-10 (0-11-5 V)|
|DAL||14-11-7 (8-5-3 H)|