Vancouver Whitecaps fans no doubt woke up with smiles on their faces this morning, stil reveling in the Whitecaps nail biting victory over the LA Galaxy. The 'Caps came in as the obvious underdogs, but were able to use a first half goal from Kekuta Manneh to power themselves to victory.
Manneh was sublime on the night, and scores the highest marks in this weeks' edition of the Report Card.
Kekuta Manneh: A
What else can you say about Scooter? In a match where the Whitecaps desperately needed someone to step up offensively, Manneh had perhaps his best match as a Whitecap.
.@86forever KEKUTA WITH THE GOAL! You got it right, his breakout game for sure.— Matt Langmuir (@MatthewLangmuir) June 7, 2015
Manneh had the games only shot on goal, and tied with Cristian Techera with a game high three shots in total. He also picked up the slack from Octavio Rivero, who had an extremely frustrating match.
Octavio Rivero: C+
Speaking of Rivero, he certainly had a disappointing outing. His production has slowed a ton since his scintillating start to the season, although I think it would be unfair to suggest the start was a complete apparition. We know about the Whitecaps and their difficulty getting calls this season, but going by body language, it seems to be weighing heavy on Rivero most of all.
Now for the positive; Despite his off-match, Rivero still was awarded an assist on the Manneh goal, and even when he isn't producing, he's still very involved in the play. I like Rivero's game, and I don't think it's time to worry about him too much. This is his first go around in MLS, and I think he'll eventually figure the league out
Kendall Waston/Pa Modou Kah: B+
He's been an easy target all season long, but Pa Modou Kah certainly stepped up to the plate against the Galaxy. While Kendall Waston lead the way, Kah was able to keep his cards and mistakes to a minimum, using his size to help Vancouver dominate in the air.
This is the type of performance Carl Robinson certainly envisioned when he signed Kah for 2015; Intimidating, physical and reliable.
All jokes aside though, @PMKAH had a great game yesterday, maybe his best as a Whitecap. Our central defending was tough as nails all game.— Hans (@hseidema) June 7, 2015
Can Kah build on the performance moving forward? It would certainly be good news for the 'Caps if he can.
Robert Earnshaw: Who the Hell knows (Is he missing??)
Can we get some Ernie love soon? The Whitecaps are struggling to score goals, and Earnshaw isn't half bad at that sort of thing. Why has he been stapled to the bench, when he's already got a match winner for the Whitecaps under his belt this season? I'd love to see this guy get some playing minutes sooner rather than later.
People who continually use the term 'Show me the Manneh': F-