Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
The countdown continues! Here are the sixth and fifth best moments of the Whitecaps 2012 season.
6) Four against Chivas
Maybe this one should be called Camilo against Chivas. Anyways, things were looking pretty grim for the Whitecaps, heading into the final stretch of the season. They had lost seven straight matches and were in a dog fight with Dallas FC for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Everybody knew that if the 'Caps were going to break their slump, their best chance would be against Chivas USA, a team that was having a pretty rough season. Nevertheless, the way the Whitecaps were playing, this was far from a sure victory.
Any nervous energy was put to bed at the eleven minute mark, when Kenny Miller patiently waited in the box, then found an incoming Gershon Koffie with a perfect pass that Koffie wired home for the 1-0 lead. It was a lead they would never relinquish, as the goals just kept coming.
At thirty five minutes, Dane Richards did well to keep the ball inbounds mid pitch. He played the ball to Camilo, who gave Richards back a perfect through ball. Richards raced on to it, then found the far left side of the net, making the score 2-0. The 'Caps, so anemic offensively for the entire season, were starting to break out of their doldrums.
In the second half, Camilo added to his point total with a gritty goal, as Dane Richards tried a shot in the box that was re-directed. Nevertheless, Camilo stayed on the ball before sliding into the goal area and knocking the ball home for the 3-0 lead. Camilo did a little gangam style dance afterwards, but we can forgive him for that.
The icing on the cake happened in the 73rd minute, when Camilo flicked a through ball to himself, then raced in on the right side towards Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Camilo then gave a charging Barry Robson a perfect pass, which he touched, then labelled for the top right corner of the net. 4-0 Whitecaps. Three points for Camilo. A match in which the Whitecaps finally fired on all cylinders and showed what they could do as a squad. It would never be met again, but for one night, fans at BC Place saw an offensive machine absolutely eviscerate their opponent when they absolutely needed a win.
5) Joe Cannon makes the highlight reel
He might not have ended the year as the Whitecaps starting goalkeeper, but that doesn't mean Joe Cannon didn't have some beautiful saves. It's easy to forget that the veteran lead the MLS in shutouts at one point, and played almost every minute of every match until he was replaced. One of those shutouts occured on March 24th, against DC United. Entering their fourth match of the season, the 'Caps had yet to concede a goal,a point of pride for Cannon. He was eager to keep the streak going, as the two teams clashed at BC Place.
In the 67th minute, with the match still scoreless, Branko Boskovic prepared a corner for United. His kick found Salihi, who in close range, was able to get a header off. It looked like a sure goal, until Joe Cannon, falling backwards, was able to stretch his left hand, getting his fingertips on the ball to clear it off the goal line. Davide Chiumiento helped the cause, clearing the ball away from danger. The save came in second in fan voting for MLS save of the year, so it's not just me recognizing Cannon for his fine work. He's made plenty of saves in his MLS career; this one might just be the best.
Any moments you think should be in the top 4? Tell me in the comments!