I enjoyed watching the Whitecaps put together 90 minutes of good soccer yesterday and get their second win of the season. With luck they can bring some of the confidence and ability on their up coming road trip.
To a man the 'Caps played well both individually and as a team. Well... almost to a man. One player seemed a step behind the rest of the team and in the eightieth minute made a horrendous pass the almost led to a Union goal. Even I, the crappy player that I am know better than a flat pass along the back line. Particularly in late in a one goal game. The player who made that pass was Terry Dunfield; our sometime captain and our leading scorer in midfield. What has gone wrong with Dunfield?
As those of you who follow this site will know I have been a outspoken supporter of Dunfield. Mainly I like his grit and his passing/shooting ability through the center of the pitch. In the Whitecaps first few games these qualities were on display for all to see as Dunfield scored, made excellent passes, and won us the ball more often then not. In last couple of games, however, Dunfield has been a different player. He passes have been less accurate and he has flubled clearances deep in our end or made awful decisions with the ball like he did last night.
I can't figure out what the problem is. Yes, he has looked tired. But that shouldn't have an impact in multiple games. Is it just that the rest of the team has gotten better and left him behind? That doesn't seem too likely to me as better players should make everyone look better. What do you think?