Pathetic Vancouver Whitecaps flop into playoffs after Cascadia lossOctober 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 8 Comments
Tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps lost yet another Cascadia derby. They lost at home 0-1 to the Portland Timbers, a result which also confirmed the Timbers as the 2012 Cascadia Cup champions. Dallas’ 3-1 loss to Seattle after the Whitecaps game made it impossible for Dallas to catch us for the final playoff spot in the Wester Conference of Major League Soccer.
Am I celebrating? Absolutely not. This has been a poor season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Making the playoffs with what has to be one of the worst teams to ever make the MLS playoffs is nothing to celebrate about. The team must set its standards higher.
Tonight’s loss to the Timbers was a disgrace to the team, and confirmed that even if we did make the playoffs, we are currently one of the worst teams in Major league Soccer. Our team and our coach let the city of Vancouver down, and very few of those who participated deserve to be wearing a Vancouver Whitecaps shirt.
While I have not yet called for Martin Rennie to be sacked, I felt like it after this game. I feel he has done an absolutely awful job, and, as the season has gone on, he has taken a good team and made it worse, not better.
Rennie put a terrible team out tonight, leaving all of our speed on the bench. The result was a slow, ponderous style of play that only worried the Portland Timbers, who are fourth from bottom in the MLS, on a very few occasions. Watching our back line pump 50 and 60 yard long balls to the tiny Camillo and Kenny Miller, entirely bypassing our midfield, was pathetic. Our approach play and ball movement were so slow and predictable that Portland’s defenders had no trouble soaking up the “pressure” of the Whitecaps attacks.
Our designated players Kenny Miller and Barry Robson were very poor, and barely scraped one chance between them all night. Why the Whitecaps have decided to pay big money to these two slow out of shape old guys who were never that good in the first place is beyond me. Neither one of them deserves to be playing in a Vancouver Whitecaps jersey.
The Scottish trio of Rennie, Robson and Miller is turning out to be a Bermuda Triangle into which our football hopes are vanishing. The lack of quality and leadership from the three of them is a disaster for our team. After tonight’s performance I would have them all fired.
Why Rennie insists on starting clearly substandard footballers in important matches is unbelievable. While I don’t fault their effort, Jordan Harvey and Matt Watson should not be starting any match in the MLS. They do not have the quality to start at this level. Both players are squad players at best who should come in only when the real players are injured or tired. Jun Marques Davidson is clearly a superior footballer to Matt Watson, and Alain Rochat was born to play left full back; he is more of an offensive threat in that position than he is at holding midfielder. Jun Marques Davidson is clearly a superior holding midfielder to Rochat. Playing a top left fullback in a position he is not used to is just plain stupid when you have an excellent holding midfielder sitting on the bench doing nothing.
Leaving both Darren Mattocks and Dane Richards on the bench deprived our team of all of its speed. Given that we do not have midfielders who can create or score goals with any frequency, our biggest offensive asset is the speed of Richards and Mattocks. So why not start them and put pressure on Portland right from the start? By the time these two came on as subs, Portland was already comfortable and confident after repelling the Whitecaps weak offensive efforts.
Martin Rennie is clearly struggling with his coaching duties at this level. The Whitecaps would have been better off paying more money for an experienced and successful MLS coach. Just look at what Sigi Schmid has done with the Seattle Sounders.
My fear is that now the Whitecaps have flopped their way into the playoffs in spite of being so poor, this years season will be viewed by the club as a success. It has not been a success, it has been an abysmal failure. My prediction is that we will be easily bounced out of the playoffs in the one match shoot-out against the Los Angeles Galaxy by a clearly superior team led by David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane (Whitecaps owners, please take note of these names…).
The quality of our team is very poor. Our coach and front office have finished a distant third in the football hotbed of Cascadia. Our crowds are third, our match day atmosphere is third, and our football team is third. We have yet to win a football match against a Cascadia rival in MLS play. This is not good enough.
The lack of pride and quality in the Vancouver Whitecaps organization from all levels of the club is truly disappointing. Someone needs to remind the entire Whitecaps organization that their whole effort should be put into winning football matches. I feel that all levels of our club have become complacent and act as though just being there is enough. It is not. These people need to find some pride in being associated with the Vancouver Whitecaps. If they do not feel that way they should be fired and others hired in their place.
It is just not good enough, and tonight’s performance was a disgrace to the Whitecaps jersey and our city. The city deserves to have a better team.
I hope the owners are listening.