Whitecaps romp over RSL “B” team

August 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Whitecaps season 2015 | 2 Comments
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Major League Soccer fans could not be faulted for scratching their heads and wondering why their teams are fielding such bad teams for matches. The answer is fixture congestion; too any games in too many competitions.

In mid-week the Whitecaps played their first ever CONCACAF Champions League game with a B side against Seattle’s B side. No doubt this was by arrangement between the teams, who both agreed to rest their best eleven for this weekend’s MLS games.

Real Salt Lake tried something different, playing their best players in their CONCACAF Champions League in Guatemala last Wednesday. RSL also play in the US Open Cup Semi final mid-week which they are determined to win.

RSL “B”were embarrassed by the Whitecaps A team, who gladly played against a team missing such MLS stars as Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales.

Carl Robinson started Ousted in goal, with his best back four of Harvey, Waston, Kah and Beitashour. Koffee and Laba played midfield destroyers behind a diamond consisting of Mezquida, Manneh, Techera and Riveiro.

Whereas MLS officiating has tended to go against the Whitecaps in the past, everything seems to be going our way nowadays, and we were gifted a mysterious penalty in the 6th minute. Rivero took a stumble and ended up on the turf nowhere hear the ball when the Whitecaps hit a high cross into the box and, tweet, referee Chris Penso was pointing to the spot.

It was one of those calls that makes you realize the MLS still has a long way to go in terms of quality officiating. No wonder RSL’s coach was sent off after flying into a rage soon after. If I was an RSL fan I would be pretty disgusted, but I am not, so I eagerly awaited the penalty kick with the rest of Vancouver. We hardly needed the favour on this night, but thank you Mr. Penso.

Rivero dispatched the penalty kick easily it was 1-0.

The game hunkered down into a kind of physical struggle with not a lot of flowing football from either team but Kekuta Manneh in particular looked very lively, got a lot of the ball, and looked primed to do some damage. The little Gambian is not a good passer of the ball but on this night he attacked RSL’s defence on the right rather than his usual left and he hit a low cross to the far post for Goal King Kah to tap in for his third in two matches.

It was great to see Pa Modou Kah score another goal; he just seems to be scoring goals for the fun of it right now. We all had a great laugh about it in the stands and it was turning into one of those carnival atmosphere matches. RSL had been broken and the chances of them recovering looked very poor indeed.

In the second half Jordan Harvey shone and looked full of vim and vigour. It was only matter of time before the Whitecaps scored again, and Mezquida found Harvey streaking down the left flank and hit him with a perfectly weighted pass. RSL defenders had failed to pick up Harvey’s run and the left back curled a teasing ball in front of RSL’s net. Rivero stretched for it and missed it, but Techera was alone at the far post to side foot the ball into the net to make it 3-0 after only 50 minutes.

Any thought the Whitecaps would just lock up the shop and defend were brought to an end when Mezquida gave way to Pedro Morales. Morales looked the best we have seen him since his calf injury, and he delighted the crowd with some beautiful passes and creative plays.

Techera’s second goal came from a clearance resulting from a Morales free kick. An RSL defender struggled to cope with Morales’ hard swerving cross and coughed up the ball to the top of the box to a waiting Techera. Etcher took advantage of the ample time he had and smashed the ball low to RSL keeper Jeff Antinella’s left side into the net. It was 4-0 Whitecaps and we all wondered if the Whitecaps had ever won a game by such a margin before.

Teibert and Mattocks came on as substitutes but made no real impact on this game. The Whitecaps saw out the rest of the match easily and lapped up the appreciation of a happy crowd.

Even though I am happy we won 4-0 I feel disappointed we missed the opportunity to see some top MLS footballers because RSL played a B team.

With teams vying for the US Open Cup, the Canadian Championship, the CONCACAF Champions League and the MLS Supporter’s Shield, fixture congestion has caught up with MLS in a big way.

With such small squads and such low payrolls, MLS teams are ill equipped to deal with so many matches. It is the fans who suffer and watch inferior football.

Even though I am a football fanatic and enjoy watching almost anything on a soccer pitch, I can’t help but feel a bit cheated by it all having watched two matches in a row with teams playing inferior squads.

More MLS growing pains, and one hopes MLS Commissioner Don Garber is thinking hard about a solution to this problem.

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  1. I agree with you re the inferior sides situation. The Seattle game last week was a joke, and the RSL “B” team provided poor competition. Sure, we won, which is a Good Thing, but it was no contest really. More bad stuff to come I fear.

  2. I wanted to reach out to you as an independent blogger and let you know that I have a stats table that you are more than welcome to use for your blog entries.

    http://quakesblog.com/fantasy/statistics/

    It is a work in progress, but if you shuffle through the dates you should be able to find your game stats.

    I’m hoping my developer team will soon have the season stats table available too.

    Take care,

    Dave Windmueller
    Quakes Blog


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