Upon reflection, I have come to realize that my reaction to Saturday's disappointing performance in Frisco was an over-reaction of the type that I find so frustrating in many other observers. I am not suggesting that my perception of the match as a step backwards for a side that has been playing competitively early in this season but my conclusion that this one poor performance, and it was a very poor performance, defines the season thus far or is an indication that the rest of the season might as well be scrapped, was hasty, to say the least. The players, bar Joe Cannon, played poorly and the side that Martin Rennie chose to field was anemic at best but once the disappointment has subsided I realize that I must follow my own prescription of patience and perspective and wait a bit longer before sounding the alarm and calling out the militia.
Borrowing a page from Martin Rennie's Positivity Handbook, perhaps there are a few if not positives at least rationalizations to be drawn from the match which, whilst not excusing the poor performance, at least offers a ray of hope that the way ahead may not be as bleak and hopeless as it felt to me on Saturday night.
Perhaps the team selection on Saturday indicates that he coaching staff is still trying to figure out what they have and how to best use it in what is, after all, a significantly revamped squad from last season.
Perhaps, as Joe Canon so eloquently put it in his post-match comments, they just chose "a rough night to have a rough night.
Perhaps Rennie's strategy will become clear to us on Wednesday in Edmonton when the first shot towards what I feel is one of the principal goals for this season, qualification for the CONCACAF tournament by winning the Canadian Championship, is fired.
Perhaps next Saturday's rematch on their home turf will give us a better idea of what form this side will take for the meaty part of the season and show whether they have the character and resilience to rebound from a miserable performance.
Perhaps the 2013 season will be defined by what happens over the next few weeks rather than by what happened in Frisco on April 19.
Perhaps. But I am still trying to understand that performance and wonder what other Whitecaps supporters think was the main problem on that evening. I have formed my question as a poll, partly because I want to know and partly because I want to play with the poll feature. Here it is: