Camilo back as Whitecaps beat RSLAugust 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 2 Comments
Camilo Sanvezzo was our goal king last year in the Whitecaps first Major League Soccer Season. Despite playing for what was a poor team, he scored 12 goals last season. He started well this year but then fell into a kind of funk. He had a bit of difficulty after publicly pouting over his wages during the off season, and then did not fit into coach Martin Rennie’s hard-working defensive approach. For a while he loked like going the way of Hassli and Chiumiento as yesterday’s men.
Camilo is a selfish player, which is good for a striker, but he was a bit too selfish. Last year he would get the ball and try to score without passing the ball to his teammates. Rennie has apparently persuaded him to pass the ball (or perhaps our scary central midfielder Barry Robson has frightened him into doing it). Camilo has been reborn as a team player. He had an outstanding match yesterday, looking dangerous for his entire time on the pitch and scoring our opening goal. He had to react instinctively to collect a loose ball and finish with deadly accuracy. Welcome back, Camilo!
It took more than one goal to win last night, and Dane Richards provided the second. His curling shot around a RSL defender showed that he has more than just speed. It was a very sophisticated finish indeed, and it is good to see Richards rising to the challenge of playing with a new club. What a fantastic acquisition he has been for our team.
Our deputies were called into action in this match: Knighton stood in for the suspended Cannon, and Andy O’Brien came on for Jay DeMerit, who banged his head when Knighton foolishly came out to claim a ball that was never his. This was Knighton’s only mistake, but it may prove a costly one with DeMerit suffering a concussion of unknown seriousness.
O’Brien did not put one foot wrong during the hour or so he played. He looked as cool as a cucumber, and fit right in. It looks like the loss of Leeds United is our gain; whatever happened at Leeds, he is most welcome here. Had he not been here we would have been in serious trouble. Welcome to Vancouver Andy O’Brien!
All in all it was a great team effort against one of the best sides in MLS. Real Salt Lake came here to defend, and only came out of their shell when the Whitecaps potted one. With wins over the likes of San Jose and Real Salt Lake, the Whitecaps have proven they can play with the best in the league. If we can make the playoffs and hit a rich vein of form, then we could win the whole thing.
It was great to see the Southsiders honour the Canadian Women’s Olympic Squad during the match.
A mid-week match against FC Dallas could see the Whitecaps leap over Seattle for third place, although Seattle has a game in hand.
Yesterday’s game was before a packed house and the atmosphere was tremendous. I could not help thinking that just two years ago we were standing at Swangard Stadium watching USL-1 along with 4,500 other fans. How far we have come.