Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Vancouver is embroiled in regional battle
by Ridge Mahoney, August 15th, 2013 12:12AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, vancouver whitecaps

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS: Playoff Push] The Vancouver Whitecaps' slow start had some demanding a coaching change, but then Brazilian Camilo got hot. He's just one reason, however, why the 'Caps find themselves in the Western Conference's top five with 11 games to play.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS:
Record: 10-7-6
First 10: 3-4-3
Last 10: 6-2-2

THE STORY SO FAR. After a seven-game winless run in early spring that whipped up plenty of angst amongst fans and media, the Whitecaps have won eight of 14 to climb into the playoff sector. They are embroiled in a regional playoff battle from which all three, or perhaps only one, of the Northwest triad might emerge.

RECENT MOVES. DP forward Kenny Miller signed a six-month extension last month, and defender Andy O’Brien agreed to a one-year contract extension last week. Danish keeper David Ousted, who joined the team in late June, made his home debut last week in a 2-0 victory over San Jose.

STYLE POINTS. Camilo’s class has been apparent since he first set foot in MLS, but he’s grown into a goalscorer this season: tied for first on the leaderboard with 14 goals. Miller has quieted his critics – and they’ve been many and loud for much of his MLS stint – by scoring seven goals. Nigel Reo-Coker has brought ample doses of brawn and speed to the midfield, and Russell Teibert, who had zero assists in his first 15 MLS games the past two seasons, leads the team with eight assists in the same amount of matches this year.

NEEDS WORK. Head coach Martin Rennie must solidify his defense to keep Vancouver on a playoff course. Goalkeeping by committee -- Ousted, Brad Knighton and Joe Cannon -- has produced only four shutouts, and none of the centerbacks has played more than 17 games. Injured captain Jay DeMerit is training intensely and should be ready by the end of the month.

FINAL ANSWER. Tied for second place with Colorado, the Caps are only two points ahead of sixth-place Seattle. Vancouver plays three of its last 10 games against the Rapids, starting with a Saturday game on the road, where it is 2-6-3 this season.

REMAINING SCHEDULE:
August 17: @Colorado
August 24: LA Galaxy
September 1: Chivas USA
September 7: @FC Dallas
September 14: @San Jose
September 21: @Montreal
September 28: Real Salt Lake
October 6: Portland
October 9: @Seattle
October 19 @Colorado
October 27: Vancouver


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ...
A costly miss from two yards out    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ...
Seattle clinches regular-season title    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ...
D.C. United and New England go for three    
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ...
Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ...
2014 PDL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ...
Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss    
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ...
Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer'    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ...
Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ...
Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives