Whitecaps 4 Minnesota Thunder 0

July 13, 2009 at 2:51 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | Leave a comment

It was nice to see the Whitecaps score some goals against what was a poor Minnesota team. The first half saw a great effort by Lyle “the train” Martin, who out-muscled and out-paced Minny’s left full back to crash one past a hapless Platter in goal, who could do nothing about it. The Caps squandered many a cross in the first half, hitting crosses which were easy pickings for Platter. Goals come from good crosses which curl away from the keeper at pace. If you watch Beckham cross the ball, he draws the keeper out into no-mans land as the bending ball tricks him out of his goal. He also makes the ball dive downwards, so that it goes over the head of the defender and onto the head of the striker. The Caps had better study some of his videos…

The Caps scored three in the second half with Nash cooly putting away a penalty, and Haber and Gbeke both got into the fun with late goals.

We are still giving up too many chances and a better team would have punished us. Minny had several chances in front of goal and should have scored on two of them, in which case it might have been a different game.

In any event, it was great to see the team back to winning ways. It was especially fun to see Gbeke and Charles running around the pitch holing a Whitecaps flag. This was to make up for their fight and to demonstrate team unity. Well done lads!

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