In 2011, the Whitecaps didn't win a single road match. It was a well publicized, embarrassing stat that underlined an embarrassing season. The 'Caps vowed to be better in 2012, and they were, tripling their road win total. Of course, that still only meant three road wins all season long.
So, now we enter 2013, and the Whitecaps have lost their first road match of the season on their first try, falling to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. (You probably already knew that.) It's disappointing for, oh, so many reasons, but namely, it's an early indicator that this club may go through similar struggles that they faced in the previous two MLS seasons. By all accounts, the Dynamo match was a chance for the 'Caps to stand up and prove they were for real, to make an early statement against a dangerous club that had some of their teeth taken out, losing three key players to International duty.
The 'Caps were missing just two key players, Jay Demerit and Kenny Miller, and they were coming off a bye week. Not only that, the 'Caps had a glorious opportunity to end the Dynamo's home unbeaten streak, a chance that doesn't come around everyday. The odds just seemed to be stacked in the 'Caps favor, and yet, here were are, analyzing a loss that should not have happened. Just another continued trend for the Whitecaps. Another disappointing, continued trend.
In 2012, the 'Caps had a chance to defeat Toronto FC for the Amway Canadian Championship. Lets face it; they were playing a god awful Toronto club that struggled throughout the 2012 season. The Whitecaps weren't perfect, but were miles ahead in terms of talent. Of course, it would be Toronto FC that would walk away victorious, with 'Caps fans and media scribes shaking their heads, trying to find out what the hell happened.
I'm not saying this is the end of the Whitecaps, and I'm fully aware that you can't win them all. However, I'm tired of struggles on the road, when they have everything going for them. I'm tired of losing matches when something bigger is on the line. Finally, as a Whitecaps fan and follower, I guess I'm just asking to see a different type of Whitecaps. They have almost an entire 2013 MLS season to prove that they are indeed, a better class of 'Caps; but if the Dynamo match is any indication, I'm not holding my breath.