This is clearly not 2012's team; I mean, that much is obvious from just looking at the roster. Camilo hasn't played much, Kenny Miller is playing like a 20 year old, and the midfield is lead by two guys named Reo-Coker Kobayashi. However, through two matches the team sports the same record it did in 2012 at 2-0, and DUN DUN DUN!!!! they have yet to prove themselves on the road. (I know they haven't played a road match yet; bear with me here)
Yes, despite making the playoffs, the 'Caps won just three times on the road, sporting an ugly -14 goal differential. At home, the boys in blue and white managed a +8 goal differential, and managed to find their way into the win column 8 times. While every team is obviously going to be better at home, just remember that in 2011, the 'Caps didn't win at all on the road. Period. O wins.
I've become cautiously optimistic about this squad because of the new faces and the great storylines. We have two first string caliber goalkeepers, three midfielders that could become superstars by the end of the year, and a forward unit so deep, our leading goal scorer from 2011 can't squeeze his way into the lineup. There is a lot to be excited about this season, and that's a refreshing thing to say. However, none of this will matter unless the Whitecaps can find a way to slay their final demon, to finally shove the horrors of 2011 and parts of 2012 fully out of their minds. They have to win on the road this season, and they have to do it consistently. I'm not saying they have to go undefeated and outscore every opponent by 10 goals, but in order to evolve as a franchise, to take that next step into the upper echelons of the Western Conference, road matches have to stop being a house of horrors.
They have a squad that can win plenty of matches, they have a coach that looks like he is capable of achieving great things with his team. They've gone through the rough first year, they made a step forward and ironed out some wrinkles in their sophomore season.
Now it's time for something better.