One of the worst games I’ve ever saw
First Half: The Whitecaps have to be happy that they’re only losing by 2×0.
The first half was terrible! So dreadful that Marc dos Santos, a coach that hates subs, did one before half-time.
To me, Ryan Raposo—that made his first start this season—wasn’t the team’s problem. But the ‘Caps did get better after Michael Baldisimo subbed him. At least, it had a little more control of the possession and was a little more structured.
With a little more possession and structure, the defence significantly improved. At least, it didn’t suffer as much as before.
Marc dos Santos will have tons of work to bring the team back to the game. Mainly, he’ll have to find a way of erasing the player’s memory. To have a shot, they’ll have to forget the first half and face the game as a new one.
Second Half: The Whitecaps improved in the second half; at least they looked like a pro team. But it wasn’t near enough to equalize the match.
To be fair, most of the ‘Caps’ improvement came from SKC giving up. After Alan Pulido scored his second goal of the match, SKC’s third, the home team was just waiting for the end of the game. They didn’t want to play anymore, so the Whitecaps got better.
But this game was so unequal that even when Sporting Kansas City gave up, they were more dangerous. Every time they attacked, they almost scored. Whitecaps playing for their pride had fewer chances than SKC.
It baffles me how bad the ‘Caps were. It came of nowhere such a poor performance. It was one of those games that are so terrible that it’s impossible to pinpoint one or two things that went wrong; the Whitecaps executed everything very badly. It was just sad.
Also, I need to mention Derek Cornelius. The centre-back has potential, but he needs to be more patient. Most of his mistakes happen because he wants to end the play as quickly as possible. He needs to learn that are moments to be aggressive, and there are moments to wait.
The Whitecaps need to forget the last two games. Otherwise, such a promising team can simply sink.
The Good: there is none.
The Bad: everything.
The Ugly: Marc dos Santos knows he can sub before the 80th minute, so why doesn’t he do that more often?
Worst Performance: Everyone. It’s almost impossible to highlight a single name. The Whitecaps as a whole deserves this title. But I’ll say it was a shared prize between Ryan Raposo and Derek Cornelius. I’ll give to them because of my expectation; I hoped they would play well and show that they deserve a spot on the starting XI, that didn’t happen.
Best Performance: Alan Pulido. Sporting Kansas City’s striker scored twice, and it was a nightmare to the ‘Caps defence the entire game.
Worst Coaching Decision: The way Marc dos Santos prepared the team. It didn’t work at all, and the Whitecaps looked lost and needing time to take a deep breath. It’s hard to say what the team wanted to do because they didn’t do anything.
Best Coaching Decision: Subbing Ryan Raposo before half-time. The team needed a change, and he was brave enough to make it before the game was utterly lost. Without the early sub, maybe the first half could’ve been even worst in terms of goals.
Major League Soccer:
Sporting Kansas City 3×0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC –– Children’s Mercy Park
Sporting Kansas City: Dániel Sallói 28′; Alan Pulido 32′ (P) and 58′.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: N/A
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi (Jaylin Lindsey 75′), Ilie Sánchez, Andreu Fontàs and Luís Martins; Roger Espinoza (Cameron Duke 88′), Gianluca Busio and Gadi Kinda (Rémi Walter 67′); Khiry Shelton, Alan Pulido (Wilson Harris 88′) and Dániel Sallói. Coach: Peter Vermes.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Maxime Crépeau; Jake Nerwinski (Javain Brown 61′), Ranko Veselinović (Erik Godoy 80′), Derek Cornelius and Cristián Gutiérrez; Ryan Raposo (Michael Baldisimo 36′), Janio Bikel, Caio Alexandre (Kamron Habibullah 61′) and Déiber Caicedo; Cristian Dájome (Theo Bair 80′) and Lucas Cavallini. Coach: Marc dos Santos.
Sporting Kansas City: Goals: 3; Shots: 27; Shots on target: 7; Possession: 67%; Passes: 664; Pass accuracy: 91%; Fouls: 13; Yellow cards: 3 (Ilie Sánchez 9′; Gadi Kinda 36′; Roger Espinoza 72′); Red cards: 0; Offsides: 1; Corners: 8.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Goals: 0; Shots: 9; Shots on target: 2; Possession: 33%; Passes: 331; Pass accuracy: 81%; Fouls: 19; Yellow cards: 1 (Derek Cornelius 55′) ; Red cards: 0; Offsides: 2; Corners: 2.
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