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I'll be candid with you lot; I've decided to share some of my New Years Resolutions. First off, I need to get less Brazilian models throwing themselves at me. Secondly, I need to be less handsome overall, to make Mark and Rob feel a little bit better. (Are you guys laughing yet?)
Well, The Vancouver Whitecaps have a unique set of resolutions they need to stick to next season, if they want to make it a better one than 2013.
Kekuta Manneh now needs to live up to the hype that came with his rookie season, after showing that, while he may be raw, he can flat out finish. Now he needs to do it again.
Darren Mattocks needs to prove that 2012 wasn't an apparition, and that he's fully committed to this team, to this city, to these fans. He's made an awful lot of gaffes last season; 2014 should be a year of redemption for him.
Omar Salgado needs to actually step foot on the pitch this year, given that his young career has been stalled because of injury since he's pulled on a Whitecaps kit. It's not fair to write him off now, but you would have to think this is going to be a make or break year for him.
Samuel Adekugbe teased us with his surprisingly solid play near the end of 2013, and has many (including myself) wondering if he could be penciled in YP Lee's old right back spot. He has a lot to live up to, but has shown some tantalizing potential that could serve the 'Caps very well, for a long time.
Nigel Reo-Coker was one of the 'Caps best players, but he scored just once in 2013, and it's not like that was a highlight reel goal. His command of the mid is unbelievable, however he needs to add more to this offense than just charging runs. He needs to find the back of the net, too.
If Kenny Miller hadn't fought so many injuries this season, he might not have landed on this list. However, after rising like a phoenix from the ashes, Miller slowed considerably as the season wore on. Though he's not getting any younger, Miller needs to be able to produce more consistently in MLS if the Whitecaps are going to retain him. (8 goals in 21 appearances ain't cutting it)
It may not be fair to stick Russell Teibert here, considering 2013 was his first real taste of MLS action. He performed well above expectation, but like most young players couldn't keep the mojo going over a long period of time. You can blame that on fatigue (He was on Canada's National team after all), but his stamina level is probably going to change as his career progresses. He made his first step in 2013, now he needs to make another one in 2014, and that should include a few more goals.
Our final New Years Resolution goes to Goalkeeper David Ousted. Ousted needs to resolve to prove his worth this season.
It's been an uphill climb for Ousted since he joined the club, as he needed to displace a few fan favorites (Rochat, Knighton) in order to claim the cage. He was above average at best, and has yet to showcase the traits that supposedly made him a top target for Whitecaps brass. Just give us one earth-shattering save that brings the crowd to its feet; that's something, at the very least, that Knighton could do.