The Whitecaps are almost a quarter of the way through the 2013 MLS regular season. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the future of this current season.
Since taking the captain’s armband, he has definitely been the leader on the pitch for the Caps. He plays with heart, emotion and has made all his teammates better. He will not back down from challenges and gives 100% all the time on the pitch. He has helped Teibert step up his game to a point where Rennie isn’t scared to start him and give him quality minutes. That is what a great captain does, he helps the team by leading by example and by the effort he puts in. With DeMerit out for the majority of the year, the armband is Reo-Coker’s moving forward. He does have 3 yellow cards already and moving forward if he doesn’t keep his cool he could be suspended for some important league matches.
Including the game against FC Edmonton, the Whitecaps have 1 clean sheet in 9 games. Joe Cannon has a 1.22GAA in 8 games. Knighton has a 2.00GAA in 1 game. After the amazing start last year with the clean sheet record, it was going to be hard to do any better to start this season. The funny thing is that Cannon has played really well this year. Yes that is right, it could be much worse. In atleast 3 games this year Cannon has had to make a save in injury time to get the Caps a win or a draw. Also, the Caps have been horrible on set pieces and corner kicks. They could easily have an extra 2 or 3 wins this year if they could defend and mark players in the box on corner kicks and crosses.
In the next 6 weeks the Whitecaps play FC Edmonton, Real Salt Lake, the LA Galaxy, the Portland Timbers, NY Red Bulls and the Seattle Sounders. If they don’t get at least 3 or 4 wins, they will be behind the ball and in catch up mode for the remainder of the season. Also, they will have to deal with the Amway Canadian Championship, the Cascadia Cup and maintaining a decent playoff position moving forward. They need to buckle down and play for wins, not just hoping for draws. These aren’t must win games, although this early in the season is the most important stretch of games so far.
Quarter Poll Awards
MVP: Nigel Reo-Coker
Most Exciting: Daigo Kobayashi
Defensive: Andy O`Brien
Rookie: Kekuta Manneh