Caps Come Up Short Yet Again

Chivas USA got their first MLS win over Vancouver Saturday evening, downing the guests 2-1 - USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in two weeks, the Vancouver Whitecaps headed south - and so did their game, at least in the one stat that really matters. Falling 2-1, this time to Chivas USA, it was a case of deja vu all over again as the Caps did a number of things right, but still couldn't capitalize on several good quality scoring opportunities.

Almost all of the chatter in the run up to the match centered on strategy - on how Martin Rennie would deal with "El Chelis's" unconventional 3-5-2. But in the end, it wasn't strategy but execution, or lack of it that cost the Caps for the second week in a row.

Chivas got on the board early in the 12' when a shot from Carlos Alvarez took a deflection off Jun Marques Davidson, and past Joe Cannon who was leaning the other way to make the save.

Davidson had a truly horrendous outing - committing turnovers through poor passing and dispossession with disturbing regularity. Both of the Caps fullbacks looked out of sorts at different times and for different reasons.

Y. P. Lee gave up too much ground too easily in the defensive third, and struggled all evening to serve even an acceptable ball into the Chivas box from the flank. Lee looked tired, and given that in the recent off-season the Whitecaps clearly outlined a desire to provide him with opportunities to rest this year, next week's match in San Jose would be a good chance for the team to follow through in that regard.

In the second half, Alain Rochat was the goat on the second Chivas tally, as he was inexplicably drawn far too much to his right, essentially double-teaming Jose Correa with Brad Rusin on a long ball from the far flank. Eric Avila came through unmarked at the back post and volleyed easily past Cannon. Earlier in the match, in similar style, Rochat came across to play centerback, was nutmegged easily by Agudelo , and was very lucky that a streaking Avila only hit the side netting.

On the attacking front, things didn't go very much better. Darren Mattocks (twice), Kekutah Manneh (breakaway), and Daigo Kobayashi (rebound) all managed to miss Grade A chances to score.

Kenny Miller came on a sub in the 57', and scored on a diving header shortly thereafter when Dan Kennedy could only parry a blast from Erik Hurtado at the top of the penalty area. The Caps put Chivas under a great deal of pressure in the final 25 minutes, but failed at every turn to put the ball into the net.

Vancouver falls to 2-2-2, and 6th place in the Western Conference.

Key Stats:

Attempts on goal:
Van 22; Chv 12

Shots on target:
Van 6; Chv 7

Passing %:Van 76%; Chv 76%

Possession:
Van 52%

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