Spiritual woes hit WhitecapsAugust 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2011 | 6 Comments
The experience of losing is starting to get to the Vancouver Whitecaps organization. When he was subbed off of the pitch in Portland towards the end of the match, Eric Hassli stalked off the pitch straight to the dressing room, leaving his teammates to sit by themselves on the bench. Hassli voted with his feet, even as we fans continue to flock to matches in droves. Chiumiento did not look well pleased either after he was subbed off two-thirds the way through the match. While Hassli apologized for his actions, he actually expressed in his actions what many of us are feeling. Hassli’s actions indicate there are real problems in the dressing room and the organization as a whole.
Being outplayed by the other expansion team which is still within striking distance of the playoffs is very hard to take. For all of these years prior to the MLS, going back to the NASL and USL days, we have almost always had a team which is better or at least very competitive with the Portland Timbers. They now sit eleven points ahead of us.
We are winning the competition to be the worst team in the MLS. It is simply not good enough, and the season so far has proven that a number of our players are simply not meant to play in this league, and the man who picked and now coaches them has failed in his vision.
It is apparent the Whitecaps are having trouble attracting top players to join them. All winter we heard rumours of Robbie Keane making his way here as a designated player, but he went to Los Angeles instead. We got “Mustapha who?” a player who has looked distinctly mediocre thus far.
With the team and the whole organization in a bit of a funk, the whole Whitecaps organization had better get their heads straight for this weekend’s game against surging Houston who sit third in the Eastern Conference of the MLS on a whopping 35 points. Otherwise the fans may turn on the team and may vote with their feet as well!
A drubbing at home like the LA Galaxy match would be too much to take.