Whitecaps need win against Dallas FCApril 23, 2011 at 3:28 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2011 | Leave a comment
The Vancouver Whitecaps now sit precariously in a position between being a solid team and being a typically bad expansion franchise. We sit mid-table in the Western Conference having accumulated a win, three ties and two losses. If we win against Dallas, we are looking good. If we tie, we look mediocre; if we lose, we look like an expansion team. Saturday’s match could define our team for the rest of the season.
While Whitecaps have shown some great character in scraping out two incredible results against Kansas City and New England, the truth is we had no right coming away from those games with ties. In 99.9% of typical football matches, those games would have been losses, and we would have been at the bottom end of our conference. To add further worry, we are surrounded in the standings by our arch-rivals Portland and Seattle, the teams which are our most important competition. Portland has played one less game and has one more win than us. Seattle shares an identical record with us. We must not let these teams do better than we do, a fact which must be drilled into the head of all players and staff in the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club.
Dallas has struggled so far and will be desperate for a win. They have scored less goals than us (6 to our 9), but have a better defensive record (allowing 8 to our 10). In their recent away loss to Portland, they came back from a 3-0 deficit and almost did a Whitecaps by coming back to tie the game. They were ultimately held 3-2. In the second half of that match they showed themselves how well they could play, and will be coming to our city hungry and confident. We will have to defend well.
If we lose the match, it won’t be a disaster, but I feel a win could really give the team confidence going forward towards a successful season, with qualification for the playoffs.