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Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders (Champions League Edition)

On a rainy night in Vancouver, a glitch in the ticket system kept spectators stranded outside BC Place for nearly an hour before kickoff. Then, upon finally entering the stadium, those same spectators were treated to a steady stream of technical glitches from Whitecaps and Sounders alike. Now it's time for all those errors to be analyzed.

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Diego Rodriguez: C

If Carl Robinson's game plan was for Diego Rodriguez and Christian Dean to dig a rut in the turf between them with infinite diagonal passes, this was a perfectly executed match. In reality, the defense as a whole looked unimpressive, but Rodriguez has to take the brunt of the blame for many of the errors committed. The Uruguayan was hopelessly out of position on Lamar Neagle's goal, and his defensive awareness was sub-par (especially considering he has by far the most professional experience of any of last night's back line). Overall, Rodriguez will have left many fans disappointed. He looks like a shadow of the performer we saw playing against Orlando back in March.

Darren Mattocks: B

I truly felt sorry for Darren Mattocks last night. After watching him have such success with Jamaica, it's frustrating to see him left goalless once again. He worked hard and tried to create chances, but the attack just wasn't clicking for most of the night. In contrast to Jamaica's tactical system (which generally seems to be "get the ball up the field and attack"), the Whitecaps play a more subdued style of football. It could just be that Mattocks isn't the right fit.

Paolo Tornaghi: A-

Despite being pipped of a clean sheet, Paolo Tornaghi looked very good for most of the game. He cut out crosses at the right times and bailed out a leaky defense on numerous occasions. Even a multitude of risky back-passes didn't put him off his stride. Being stapled to the bench behind David Ousted can't always be comfortable, but it's reassuring to know that Tornaghi can hold his own whenever he's called upon.


Marco Bustos: A

He may have only touched the ball a few times, but this kid looks really good. I'd take him in the attack over Kianz Froese, Erik Hurtado, and perhaps even Nico Mezquida.

Robert Earnshaw: B+


Sam Adekugbe: B-

He didn't look match fit but he showed flashes. A game or two with the ThunderCaps would do him some good.