The Whitecaps 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire was laced with irony.
Ironic that a team that has been the victim of individual errors all season benefited from two of them on Sunday, and ironic that the starting eleven and formation was startlingly similar to one that could have been put out by former coach Teitur Thordarson.
With Jay Nolly back in goal Vancouver played a standard 4-4-2 formation as they had done in the early part of the season, and they got an instant reward when a defensive howler allowed Eric Hassli to score after just thirty seconds.
Predictably Vancouver sat back a little too much and allowed the Fire back into the game through a Dominic Oduro strike, but midfielder Gershon Koffie immediately struck a long term shot to regain the lead.
They could even afford the luxury of a missed Hassli penalty kick before Camilo provided a great finish and then Hassli tapped in from close range to make it four. Chicago got a late consolation goal but nothing could stop the Whitecaps (and the fans) enjoying their best day at Empire Field since the opener against Toronto.
There will be time later to look at the tactics and the player selection but, for now, let’s just wallow in the enjoyment of a great game of soccer and a much needed win.
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