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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game? Yes. He started at left back with Alain Rochat moving to the centre of defence. He looked solid enough with the only down side being that he picked up a yellow card which means that he will miss the next game. So more defensive shuffling for the Whitecaps which will be particularly worrying given that the first Colorado goal came from Michael Boxall completely losing his man at the edge of the six yard box.

2) Can they turn possession into chances? In the first half it was the same old story but the introduction of Long Tan for Omar Salgado seemed to provide a better shape for the team; he played more as a traditional holding centre forward which allowed the other strikers better opportunities to move off him. Not perfect but much better.

3) Will Hassli and Chiumiento be fit? No. Neither played.

4) Who will play in the centre of midfield? Koffie and Vagenas started the game and though they did nothing drastically wrong the Whitecaps are still crying out for a central midfielder who can move forward with conviction. Brovsky came on late in the game but with little impact.

5) Can the Whitecaps get their first win on the road? No. Taken in isolation this was by no means a bad performance; Camilo continues to prove that he is a genuine goalscorer at this level and Khalfan had another game where he looked both lively and dangerous (as opposed to just lively and wayward that can so often be the case) but teams are rarely judged on isolated performances and that now makes five defeats in a row for Vancouver.

It’s tempting to say that this was in some ways a step forward for the team but a loss is still a loss and the toll must be eating into the confidence of a side.

The frustrating aspect of the whole season has been that this team rarely get completely outplayed, yet even more rarely do they have the ability dominate a team. In fact the Whitecaps seem to have mastered the art of doing just enough to lose, and that is becoming a hard habit to break.

 

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