The Caps got roasted by a white-hot Chicago Fire Saturday and the report card is much as you would expect. Read on for the grades, if you dare.
David Ousted: B
The scoreline could have been much more lopsided if the Great Dane had not come up with a couple big saves. Delicately parried a Juninho free kick in the 58th minute and also denied Luis Solignac from short range in the 74th minute in what was his trickiest save of the evening. Man of the match (although that’s not a high bar).
Jordan Harvey: D+
The first goal was a calamitous defensive efforts on many levels but Harvey did especially poorly to leave Matt Polster so much time to pick out Nikolic in the box. Also was partially responsible for the turnover that led to Chicago’s second goal and, like the rest of the defense, lacked the energy necessary to match up against the high-powered Fire attack.
Tim Parker: D-
Got taken to the woodshed by Nemanja Nikolic on multiple occasions (most notably the second goal) and was caught ball watching so often you would be forgiven for thinking he was a Little League infielder. Parker has been much improved this season but last night was probably his worst performance in a Vancouver shirt that I could remember.
Andrew Jacobsen: D
Much like the rest of the defense, Jacobsen was a spectator for most of the game, although it was somewhat less noticeable than Parker. Still was not effectively able to respond to the speed and power of the Fire counter attack.
Jake Nerwinski: D
Got caught snoozing and left Arturo Alvarez WIDE open on the third goal. Also seemed to lose both his passing touch and fire in the belly, both traits which have stood out to me in previous matches. Along with Harvey, he looked better in much of the second half but then he went and totally lost Michael de Leeuw on the Fire’s final goal. One to learn from for the youngster.
Tony Tchani: D
Tchani’s passing touch, while never particularly astute, was especially brutal Saturday. The Fire forced numerous turnovers in the Caps’ zone off of misplaced passes from Tchani and, like much of the team, he was guilty of not closing down well enough. One to forget for Tony, as he was prudently subbed off early in the second half.
Bernie Ibini: C
The Caps were so bad I forgot Bernie was on the pitch for much of this game. But, in his defense, he showed a lot of energy and drive in a match in which he was rendered largely impotent. I’d like to see him get another start to judge him by, assuming he’s provided better support.
Brek Shea: C-
Showed some energy going forward but displayed almost no desire to track back and help out defensively. Largely invisible for a lot of the game, he was replaced by Yordy Reyna for the final half hour of the match.
Christian Bolanos: C+
Gave Caps fans a glimmer of hope early when he struck the post from some distance out and for much of the first half looked to be the only player on the team besides Ibini that was playing at anything more than half speed. Was also seemingly the only one on the pitch that could complete a pass and uncorked a great long ball that Montero nearly buried.
Matias Laba: F
What Laba was doing against Polster on Chicago’s third goal we will never know. Same for the dangerous lunging tackle that got him sent off in the 78th minute. A calamitous display.
Cristian Techera: C-
Not sure how to rate The Bug because, for long chunks of this game, I forgot he was on the pitch. Frankly that’s an improvement over most of the Caps’ team and he was able to swing a couple half-decent crosses in. But not his most memorable performance.
Fredy Montero: C+
Looked pretty good after coming on as a sub and nearly pulled one back for the Caps in the 51st minute but his header was touched away by Matt Lampson. While he was unable to snap his goalless drought, he still looked more adept up front than in recent games, despite the dumpster fire of a match he entered.
Yordy Reyna: B-
Probably the lone bright spot Saturday was the Peruvian making his debut after being out for months with a broken bone in his foot. He showed glimpses of the flair that set him apart in pre-season and while he didn’t always succeed in what he attempted to pull off, the potential is clearly there.
Nicholas Mezquida: B-
Had some good runs forward and looked good in possession, two things most of his teammates could not lay claim to. Will deservedly be in the mix for a run-out in the mid-week match against NYCFC.