Whitecaps lose game to forget in Houston

August 31, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps | Leave a comment

The Whitecaps went to play in Houston last Saturday night for their 8th game of August 2015. After the emotional high of winning the Canadian Championship, there was no time to rest and it was off to hot and steamy Houston, Texas.

As if knowing there was tittle chance for his exhausted team to win, Robinson experimented with the line-up playing with two strikers and three defensive midfielders. Manneh and Mattocks played as strikers with Rosales in behind them for support. Laba, Teibert and Flores played in front of Dean, Waston, Parker and debutant fullback Jordan Smith. Iron-man Ousted started in goal.

The plan was clear: concede possession, defend, defend, defend and hope that Rosales, who played behind Manneh and Mattocks, could feed one of the two and steal the game on counter attacks.

It was working early on as Mattocks, fed by Manneh and Rosales, managed to beat the last man in Houston’s 18 yard box but ran out of room to get away a proper shot before onrushing Dynamo keeper Deric smothered the ball.

The Whitecaps went down 1-0 after they fell asleep momentarily. Dean gave winger Williams too much room and time on the ball allowing the Houston player to get around him and knock in a low cross. Striker Eric “Cubo” Torres beat Parker to the ball and deflected it past the defender leaving the ball sitting for Riccardo Clark to knock in. It was an ugly goal that barely dribbled into the net but it counted and won the game for Houston.

Tired Whitecaps minds and legs settled this match as both Waston and Laba got into card trouble with reckless and unnecessary fouls in midfield in the first half. In the second half both were sent off for completely silly and unnecessary tackles (Waston in the 56th minute and Laba in the 64th). Though they can’t be faulted for being tired, I would expect better from two leaders in our team who basically made it impossible for us to win the match.

Even when the Whitecaps were down to nine men, a very poor Houston team still looked vulnerable until they killed the game off of through a glancing header by Rodriguez in the 87th minute. For twenty minutes after they went down to 9 men the Whitecaps still looked as though they could at least tie up the match.

After eight games in August with four on the road, the Whitecaps finally collapsed and fell apart. Not that we can complain; in the month of August the team won four, tied two, and lost two. That is a pretty good record and a testament to the strength and determination of the Whitecaps squad. It also shows our team is being coached very well by Carl Robinson.

It was a match to forget, and thank God the Whitecaps now get ten days of well deserved rest.


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