An astonishing finish at Empire Field provided yet another afternoon of great entertainment for the Whitecaps fans, so what did we learn this week about this developing side?
They have options up front- Hassli, Harris and Camilo have all scored two goals in just three games, and with Salgado able to play once he has finished with the under 20s international tournament the biggest challenge for the coaching staff will be deciding what is the best pairing to start matches. Whatever they choose it will leave them with dangerous options from the bench. Always a good thing.
They have issues at the back- They may have been missing captain Jay DeMerit, and central defender Greg Janicki picked up an early injury, but the second and third goals could have been prevented by better defending, and five goals conceded in two games at home is an issue that needs addressing. They won’t always score so many goals at home.
They are a better team when they use the width of the pitch- All three goals came from balls played into the box by wide men, and the introduction of Khalfan and Chiumiento allowed the team to spread the play more than they had been able to do previously. Wagner and Knight did okay as starters but couldn’t provide the pace (from Khalfan) and guile (from Chiumiento) that ultimately broke through the Kansas defence. With Russell Tiebert to return this avenue should be open to them for the rest of the season.
They are never beaten- Sport often isn’t about whether you can do something, its about whether you think that you can do something. What the Whitecaps will take away from Saturday is that they always have a chance to get back into a game at Empire Field. Equally importantly the fans will know it too and, perhaps most important of all, so will the opposition.
It may have been only a point on Saturday but it could have huge implications for the rest of the season for Vancouver.Tags: Empire Stadium, featured, MLS, Vancouver Whitecaps, World soccer