Bellisomo the Hero in Montreal

July 2, 2010 at 1:21 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2010 | Leave a comment

In a season which has been an odd one with few joys, watching Luca Bellisomo mature into a proper footballer has been a bright spot.   In his third season with the club, Luca has grown in quality to the point where he now commands automatic first team selection status.  As our defensive or holding midfielder, he has become a force to be reckoned with and has become one of the most formidable players in the NASL/USL.

Our team has let in only 8 goals in 14 matches, and it is not only because of our star keeper Jay Nolly.  One of the key reasons is Bellisomo’s midfield play.  The holding midfielder’s role is to break up opposition attacks early in midfield, before they can get going.  Patrick Viera played this role for Arsenal and France.  Once the holding midfielder breaks up attacks, their next job is to turn the table and feed the offensive midfielders the ball.   Occasionally they get forward and score a goal in attack, just like Roy Keane used to for Manchester United.  As a big, tough lad, Bellisomo is perfectly suited to the holding midfielder position. Bellisomo has found his identity as a footballer in this role and will only get better.

Last night, Bellisomo scored the winner in extra time against our arch-foe, the Montreal Impact.  For  years Montreal has been profiting from unsportsmanlike play (throwing a match in the Canadian Championship against Toronto in 2009) and favours from referees ( last years final).  The Impact play a cynical style aimed first at strangling matches to death by defending and hoping to score on the counter attack.  Truly, they are our enemy.

We have beat them on their own turf in front of nearly 12,000 Impact fans.  How sweet it is! And how sweet it should come from Luca Bellisomo, who has become a solid footballer with a great future in the game.

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