It was a dire evening in Whitecapsville as Carl Robinson brought his ailing troops to Texas to face one of their nemeses, FC Dallas. It is well documented how the Blue and White mightily struggle in Texas and Wednesday night was no exception. Dallas resoundingly beat the Whitecaps by a score of 2-0.
The Welsh tactician had to make several changes not only to his starting eleven but to his tactical deployment due to the plague of injuries that has decimated the creative forces of this team. With players like Pedro Morales, Nicolas Mezquida, Mauro Rosales and Cristian Techera out or not 100%, the gaffer had to go with a more, conservative, defensive-minded lineup that featured every single defensive midfielder available in the galaxy.
While the collective play left much to be desired, there were a handful (ok, a couple) of not-so-bad performances. Let's take a look.
Steven Beitashour - B+: Having missed a few games in recent weeks allowed Beitashour to demonstrate his value on the pitch for the Whitecaps. I placed special attention to the performance of the right back and the Iranian international did not disappoint on the day. Shrewd defending, intelligent positioning and the occasional dangerous contribution up front contributed for Beitashour's argument that he is the best right back that this team has.
David Ousted - B: Could the Great Dane have done more on Dallas's second goal? Perhaps. But what it is true is that if it weren't for Ousted's timely saves in the first half, the defeat would have been more scandalous. Once again, the Danish goalkeeper gave his team an opportunity to remain in the game. The fact that his teammates were unable to capitalize on said opportunity, is a different story.
Marco Bustos - B: The young Canadian made his MLS debut only 24 hours after making his senior international debut. Quite the couple of days for the residency product but one would not even know based on his performance. The introduction of Bustos to the game had an immediate positive impact for the Whitecaps. Bustos provided a dimension that the Blue and White had lacked the entire game, that spark that is necessary to create space for his teammates or that intelligent pass to break down well organized defensive blocks. It was a solid debut for the teenager. A good thing too, since Carl Robinson may need to rely more heavily on Bustos down the stretch to boost his creativity up front if the things don't improve at Whitecaps General Hospital.
Jordan Harvey - C-: In one-way or another, Harvey was involved in both goals that the Whitecaps conceded on the day. While it can be argued that this may seem like looking for a scape-goat, the truth is that Harvey did not have a good overall outing. The veteran left back was been rock solid for two straight years so I am willing to give him a pass for now.
Deybi Flores - D: The young Honduran has received a large amount of criticism. Flores's positioning has improved from what was displayed earlier in the season but it is true that his distribution and ball recovery remain areas that require urgent improvement.
As always, we encourage to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.