Canucks and KC defeat the WhitecapsApril 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 11 Comments
Last night you could hear a sucking sound at BC Place as many fans and their emotional energy were taken away by the Vancouver Canucks and their do-or-die game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings. The Province today reported the attendance at BC Place as 15,000 or so, but the reality must have been closer to between 8 and 9,000 fans willing to forgo the Canucks in order to watch the Whitecaps.
The mood was sluggish and so was the Whitecaps play. The Whitecaps conceded three goals for the second game running.
The first goal came about as a result of KC’s ability to keep the Whitecaps under sustained pressure in their own end. KC pressed and pressed and the Whitecaps were unable to clear their lines. A resulting corner kick caused in a pinball game in front of goal which ended up with Sporting defender Collin stabbing home a loose ball.
Another KC set play resulted in a second goal, this time from a long throw deep in Whitecaps territory early in the second half. All of KC’s players missed the ball, and it hit a surprised Martin Bonjour on the shoulder and went in past a stunned and immobile Joe Cannon. I am not sure if Cannon couldn’t believe what he was seeing, but he paused for some reason and made a late attempt to get to the ball, but far too late to get close. It was 2-0.
15 minutes later it was 0-3 for KC through Kamara and Myers. A deep low Myers cross put the Whitecaps defence under pressure, and a flopping Joe Cannon again removed himself from the path of the ball after Kamara’s flick rather like he did against Wondolowski 10 days ago. It has to be said that Cannon has lost all of the sharpness of his early season form in the last two matches and the scoreboard says it all: six goals given up in two matches, three of which were easily stoppable by a sharp keeper. What we need from our goalkeeper is consistency, and we are not getting it right now.
The most interesting part of last night was watching how much the Whitecaps improved once little Camilo Sanvezzo came on as a substitute for John Thorrington in the 60th minute. He immediately lifted the Whitecaps game, and provided a threat that was non-existant previously. If last night proved anything, it is that we must get Camilo fit to play 90 minutes in order to have any success at all this year. I believe he should be started up front with Hassli. Their partnership was far more dangerous than the current Hassli/Le Toux partnership. Le Toux does not have the ability to hold the ball like Camilo does. Camilo’s ability to hold the ball allows Hassli to get into deep scoring positions. Most of the Whitecaps scoring opportunities in this game came from the Camilo effect.
Sure enough it was little Camilo who played a part as he hit the crossbar with a header from an Omar Salgado cross. Le Toux put the rebound in and gave us some small hope of recovery. It has to be said that another bright part of the evening was seeing how strong and fast Salgado looked. He might well be maturing into the player we have dreamed he would become.
Too often in the second half the Whitecaps used the long ball from the back to the front; the team gave up on the ability of our midfielders to move the ball down the pitch.
It was a disappointing night, and the Whitecaps still seem to be playing like a team of strangers. It has to be said that Martin Rennie has failed to harness the offensive power that we all feel exists in the squad. He is not using the talent that the players have properly. Hassli and Le Toux are not being used to the full extent of their abilities, mostly because of the inablity of the team to get crosses into the box from deep positions.
It is time for Rennie to make some changes in the team and in how he uses the players.
Lets just hope that Barry Robson is fit to play when his time comes because we desperately need a good midfielder who can move the ball up the pitch and score goals.