It was a sloppy finish and obviously not their best effort, but nonetheless, the Vancouver Whitecaps seem ready for their March 7th opener against Toronto FC, after they drew with the Chicago Fire 1-1 in their final pre-season tilt of 2015. The 'Caps looked like the second best team for large portions of the night, but strong goalkeeping and a sliver of offense was enough to claim a draw, and to keep the momentum going for the boys heading into the Regular Season opener.
The Whitecaps were competing in the Simple Invitational, known in 2014 as the Rose City Invitational, and won for the second straight year. Last pre-season they went undefeated to claim the title, while this time around yielded a similar result with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Goal Machine Pa Modou Kah scored another header goal, giving him two for the pre-season; He also headed home the winning goal against Portland last week. (The goal is around the 1:45 mark)
However, the best Whitecap on the pitch on this night was by far David Ousted, who made the highlight reel with a few brilliant stops, including a diving effort off a header in the 17th minute.
Head Coach Carl Robinson fielded a very strong lineup, missing only regular Mauro Rosales who was replaced with Nicolas Mezquida on the right wing. With some star power on the pitch, you would have liked to have seen a more complete effort from the group, who gave up the late equalizer to Chicago and looked more disjointed than cohesive at times.
Still, they go into the regular season undefeated in the three matches, and with a relatively healthy roster. No bike racks this season! What do you think, are the Whitecaps ready for the regular season?