Baby Whitecaps make Vancouver proud in Toronto

May 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps season 2014 | Leave a comment
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Names like Carducci, Alderson, Froese and Bustos have been mentioned on the Whitecaps website many times, but unless you are willing to do research and travel, and provided you don’t have a day job (Whitecaps reserves matches are always scheduled during working hours) you have probably never seen them play.

Tonight we got to see them play, and they did the club proud.  Although they made lots of young player errors, giving the ball up under pressure, making foolish passes, failing to make obvious passes, or coming out for crosses and not getting anywhere near them, the youngsters impressed and came away with a decent result.  

Considering they were playing against the likes of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe, they did very well indeed.  They had a bit of help from the bench in the form of first teamers Fernandez and Manneh at the end of the match, but they did the lion’s share of the work themselves.

Manneh’s injury time goal pegged back TFC, whose designated players Bradley and Defoe each scored one, meaning we are in a very good position coming back home next Wednesday.

Manneh also got some blood into the match by starting up an injury time skirmish with TFC’s giant goalkeeper Bendik when he tried to retrieve the ball to get the game restarted.

In spite of the fact Bendik is about two feet taller than Manneh, Canada’s own Dwayne De Rosario felt he had to help him by creeping up behind Manneh and cold-cocking him.  De Rosario is looking more and more pathetic these days, being out of shape and overweight.  He is a sad shadow of his former self.  I can hardly wait to give him hell in Vancouver next week.

It remains to be seen whether Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson will reward his youngsters by starting them next week instead of first team players. Tonight’s performance and result left him with some very hard decisions to make.  


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