Two Ties on the Road

August 21, 2009 at 3:22 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | 2 Comments

Six games without a win, and three ties in a row.   This is bad news when looked at from the perspective of our playoff chances, but there are some bright points.  The good news is that we can match the front runners blow for blow.  While we lost to Portland four games ago, it was by a narrow margin.  I believe we are responsible for Portland’s only loss this season.   Charleston and Carolina are both at the top of the table and we tied them both this week.    We have also beaten Rochester and Puerto Rico this year.

What we lack is consistency, and that little bit of magic to take us to the next level.  Sadly, our prolific goal scorer Marlon James now has a groin injury.  While James is a great player, he is injury prone, and we need to keep him healthy because without him scoring goals, we will not go far.  Gbeke and Haber have certainly scored occasionally, but neither of them seems to be able to score consistently like James.    Dever Orgill is now injured and it looks as though he will be out for the season.  Randy Edwini-Bonsu is still too green and has made no impact this year.

The poor weary Caps will now come home to play against Miami on Sunday.  This is a six pointer because Miami is snapping at our heals for the last playoff spot.  Miami has played two games less than us, so we must beat them and hope that Portland does so as well on Saturday night.  Miami will be tired from having played on the Portland fieldturf and then seven hours of travel up to Vancouver.  Look for them to play for a scoreless draw.

Sadly, as USL-1 champions, we now are starting to rely on favours from others to help get us into the playoffs. Beggars can’t be choosers as they say!

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  1. Hi

    Lets be realistic. Marlon James has scored 8 goals. 7 of which were in 3 games. (2 against Rochester July 31, 2 against PR July 26th, 1 3 against Minnesota May2). It says he has “played” 14 games but for the most part that has consisted of 4-6 games and the rest partial games until he pulls up injured. Im not saying he is not a great scorer but – as they say in boxing “he has glass chin”. Haber and Gbeke have stayed healthy and have each scored 6 goals for 27 points. (Last year I believe Sebrango had 12 and Addlery 2-3) so we need more goals from our midfielders as well and less stupid defensive errors.

  2. Our problem is that unless Haber and Gbeke enjoy a real purple patch, our only hope is for James to go on a tear. Without James I think our season is over, because neither Haber or Gbeke have the ability to score consistently.


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