Vancouver Whitecaps thrash Seattle Sounders 4-1

October 9, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2013 | 1 Comment
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Oh, what a feeling! I am too busy doing the happy dance to write any thing logical or analytical. Kekuta Manneh had his breakout match tonight, scoring a fantastic hat trick, and Nigel Reo-Coker finally scored his first goal as a Vancouver Whitecap. Reo-Coker’s goal was helped along by some incompetent goalkeeping, but who cares? Having been among our top two players this year, he deserved to finally hit the back of the net.

"Don't be mad Kekuta, you'll score three on Tuesday"

“Don’t be mad Kekuta, you’ll score three on Tuesday”

It was as if this match had been created to fulfill some our wildest fantasies: this was the first Cascadia win away from home, and the largest tally of goals in an away game in the history of the MLS Whitecaps. Best of all we embarrassed our glamorous neighbours to the South in their own stadium in front of their own fans. We even made Clint Dempsey look like crap! All of those critics who felt the league was rigged because of the dealings around Dempsey must now surely put their hands up and apologize. Dempsey looked like a soccer zombie on the pitch tonight. I should feel sorry for Seattle because they have conceded nine goals in just two matches…but I don’t.

The Whitecaps did what they have seldom done all season: they played for 90 minutes. All players on the pitch took responsibility and played their hearts out. Matt Watson ran his guts out and played his best game yet for the Whitecaps. Even Daigo Kobayashi was involved; the usually reluctant Japanese midfielder provided two of the Whitecaps four goals.

Defensively, the team was a solid unit. The sheer grit and toughness of Jay DeMerit radiated confidence throughout the entire team. Those who said he was finished after his Achilles injury should go and sit in the corner of shame with the Clint Dempsey conspiracy theorists. Holding on to DeMerit for next year is critical; his kind of character is invaluable and wins games.

David Ousted finally made a critical match-saving stop when he robbed Seattle’s Yedlin at point blank range when the Whitecaps had just conceded a goal to make it 3-1 minutes before. He needed to do that for us and I hope this gives the big Dane some confidence going forward.

The wee man made our dreams come true

The wee man made our dreams come true

After this win it made me wonder: where has this team been all season? Perhaps they are just jelling now, and it might just be a little bit too late. San Jose helped matters somewhat by beating Colorado 1-0 in San Jose tonight. The stage is now set for a thrilling home and away series against Colorado.

Above all, this night will be remembered for the first brilliant performance of a rising star: Kekuta Manneh. I had felt he was under utilized by coach Martin Rennie, but after tonight I don’t think this will be a problem anymore.

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  1. I am still in shock….as you mentioned mat watson was amazing last night. Also Rennie finally used the diamond formation with koybayashi up front and it was a like a new player emerged. It would have been better actually if Colorado won then it would not matter what SJ did we just beat Colorado twice (both at 51 pts we go thru on GD, goals) now we need SJ to drop points in their last 2. Reo Coker..just when I wanted to ship him home he scores!


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