Vancouver MLS Round-up
Frustration is becoming a more frequently seen expression on the faces of the Vancouver players as the season enters the home stretch.
The occasional spark of offensive flair from the ‘Caps forwards never really amounted to much as the Portland defenders worked well to take away the approach angles of the Vancouver forwards.
The Timbers team didn’t necessarily create much more offense than the Vancouver team, but an efficient breakout from their own half led to a wonderful finish off the half volley by Kenny Cooper.
However, tonight the Whitecaps may just have re-energized themselves for the last few matches with an emphatic 3-0 thumping of Real Salt Lake. Vancouver took advantage of two Real miscues as they handled the ball twice leading to two tidy penalty finishes by the influential Camilo, who must surely be the team MVP this year.
Nizar Khalfan polished off the win with a powerful long range drive that gave the Real keeper no chance.
Vancouver has been busy this week, and will now turn their attention to DC United for an October 12th fixture. DC United is making a push for a higher playoff position, but has been playing quite erratically recently losing their last two matches.
Canadian Dwayne DeRosario has played very well however as he potted a fine hat-trick two weeks ago against the same Real Salt Lake team, then added an assist and another goal in the last two games. DC United does have two games in hand against the New York Red Bulls and Houston in their conference, with the ability to move past them into the top three positions in the East.
The next two rounds of international matches will take place over the next few days on the 7th and 11th of October, so the MLS schedule is curtailed this weekend.
Watching the Wave (Editorial)
Just when the ‘Caps looked like they may have packed it in for the year, they pull out a stout effort against Real Salt Lake in their 3-0 victory in front of over 20,000 at Bell Pitch in the refurbished BC Place.
I have had my questions about replacement coach Tom Soehn’s team management, but he continued to field a positive side that looked to get forward at any opportunity. Thanks to the handled balls, Camilo benefited from two fortunate penalty appeals, but the Vancouver lads worked hard to deserve this win.
It was also impressive to see such a large crowd take in a mid-week game on the same night that the Vancouver Canucks opened their NHL season.
It bodes well for the future with such support.