Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Montreal Impact 0

September 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2008 | Leave a comment

This was a very tight match between two of the best teams in the USL 1.  It was a bit of a squad game in the sense that Montreal played a very different team than they had a few nights earlier, and the Caps were missing a few starters as well.  

Montreal was very well organized defensively but came to Vancouver to try to win, whereas many in the league simply come to get a goal less draw.  It was a hard tackling game with a few rash challenges resulting in cards, but no ejections.  The Caps goal in the first half was created by the running of Lyle Martin, who seems to be a great producer on offence in the last while.  His cross from the right win for Gbeke to head in was low and hard, the kind of cross defenders struggle to deal with.

The Whitecaps proved that their squad is deep and versatile as well.  With Charles, Jarun and Hirano out, Old boys Clarke, Kindel and Lyall plugged in to fill the gap and a fellow called Gage plugged in at midfield.  Lyall hobbled off the pitch, which is a bit worrying, and his battle to get fit took a setback. Trafford came in to plug the gap and did very well. A young player called Orgill came in at striker and looked very composed, if a bit slow.  He had the ball several times with lots of time but did not make the critical last pass or shot at the end of his runs.  

Montreal  pressed hard for the equalizer all the way through five minutes of injury time.  The Caps proved resilient.  The game felt like a playoff match, and if this game is an example, we will get through to the final.  We played a masterful tactical game and came out with the win.  One more game in Seattle and it is back into the hunt for the cup!

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