How did Vancouver grade out after a performance to forget in Seattle on Wednesday? Read on to find out.
David Ousted: C+
Would the Great Dane of old have gotten a finger to Rodriguez’s first goal? Perhaps, but it was also a combination of a good strike and a calamitous defensive effort. Couldn’t have done much on the second and third tallies. Not his most remarkable performance by any means but to finger Ousted for this loss would be a mistake.
Sheanon Williams: D+
For someone who has seemingly been surpassed in the Whitecap lineup by Jake Nerwinski, you would think Williams would have been fired up to use Wednesday as a chance to make case for more minutes. Instead he looked sluggish and unprepared to play as Seattle got chance after chance from Williams’ side of the field. His near-own goal late in the match was a perfect metaphor for this performance.
Kendall Waston: C-
It’s hard to tell if his yellow card was a reversion to the Waston of old or a case of the Big Man being too large for his own good. Regardless it was an unnecessary moment of ill-discipline that has (thankfully) been an aberration this year. The rest of his match was up and down--sometimes he looked the steadiest member of the defense, others he was leaving Clint Dempsey unmarked and conceding good looks for Seattle. Vancouver’s most consistent performer put in perhaps his most inconsistent showing of the season Wednesday.
Tim Parker: C
Not sure what he was doing versus Nelson Rodriguez on the first goal but he settled down and looked the most consistently assured defender for most of the match. Didn’t have a lot of notes on his play which probably constitutes a decent performance given the end result.
Jordan Harvey: C+
Was more energetic than Williams (a low bar to be sure) and created one of the best chances of the first half when he tried to pick out Bernie Ibini in the box with a pretty cross. Had a couple other positive passes into the box from the wing as well. But while he got little help from Christian Bolanos, he got caught out of position at times and was sub-par defensively.
Russell Teibert: C
While a bit inconsistent, I actually wasn’t overly displeased with Teibert’s performance. While I expected more after a strong start the last time out, Rusty did well on multiple occasions snuffing out passes, forcing turnovers and made at least one key tackle.
Tony Tchani: D+
His red card in the dying moments of the match seemed harsh but it will result in Tchani missing a vital match on Saturday. It wasn’t as if he had a stellar match up until that point--he really ought to have closed down Rodriguez better on the first goal. His turnover teed up the counter attack that led to Seattle’s second goal. And Tchani should have probably considered the notion of marking Dempsey on the final score. Overall one to forget for Tchani.
Christian Bolanos: C-
Just not a sharp performance from Bola, who is missing the confidence and nuance that characterized his game in the first part of the season. Gave the ball away on a few occasions, halting potential breaks, and his set piece delivery was uncharacteristically poor (this was one of the few matches this season where the team didn’t create a chance off of a corner). Replaced by Mauro Rosales in the 75th minute.
Yordy Reyna: C
Gave the ball away too easily at times and should have been stronger on the ball (the rather mysterious booking for simulation notwithstanding). Did have a really strong moment when he nicked the ball of Ozzie Alonso in the first half but then cheaply gave it away and Vancouver was unable to capitalize. Looked more interested in helping out Montero than anyone else but it was still his weakest performance in recent memory. Replaced by Alphonso Davies in the 67th minute.
Bernie Ibini: C
Didn’t do a great job of using his big frame to capitalize on some juicy crosses from Jordan Harvey. Other times he was a bit too eager to shoot (take the 52nd minute, when he stayed on the ball rather than play in Williams or Montero). I’m optimistic on Ibini’s future in Vancouver but I will not be using this match as evidence to support that belief. Replaced by Cristian Techera in the 67th minute.
Fredy Montero: B+
Probably the hardest working Whitecaps player on the pitch in his return to Seattle. Nearly fired Vancouver level late in the first half with a sublime free kick but was denied by Stefan Frei and the upright. Just didn’t get a whole lot of service to earn himself a goal in his return to CenturyLink Field and he’ll probably be anticipating Techera’s return to the starting lineup for that reason.
Cristian Techera: B
Robbo will probably wish he started Techera, or at least brought him on sooner. His flair and energy was a much needed quality for this lackluster side and the fact that he came on when after the match was seemingly settled diminished his effectiveness.
Alphonso Davies: B
Probably should have come on at the half to lend his trademark pace to countering waves of Seattle attacks. Hard to find too much fault in his 20 minute shift and made a case to pick up a start in one of the remaining fixtures.
Mauro Rosales: N/A
Wasn’t really on the pitch long enough to make an impact but the former Seattle man got a nice moment in the twilight of his career.