Well, it was the final road affair and penultimate match of a disappointing 2016 campaign for the Vancouver Whitecaps. A game featuring two non-playoff teams was gonna be exciting, right? One could’ve hoped for something like that, but nope. It was two teams looking to play out the final few games of the season before starting their off-season.
One of the big questions coming in was who was gonna be in the 18 because, despite what the players were saying leading up to this game, there was virtually nothing to play for. With Morales and Waston suspended, it added a bit more intrigue into the 11. Seven changes were made. The most notable was Paolo Tornaghi getting the start over David Ousted, perhaps a showcase move to potentially get something for him. Either way, it caught everyone off guard.
Tornaghi showed himself to be a competent keeper. Granted, it was one match, but in conjunction with his CCL and Voyageurs Cup appearances during his time here, may be enough to warrant a look from another team.
As for match highlights, a few nice saves from the aforementioned Tornaghi, a crossbar hit by Kudo and off the rebound from his own initial shot and on the follow up Techera somehow missed the net from point blank range with a header.
As tough as this game probably was to play in, it was harder to watch and pay attention to.
Up next for the Caps, a massive showdown with Portland at home, with the Timbers playoff lives on the line and a 3 goal win by the Caps will see them re-take the Cascadia Cup.