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Vancouver Whitecaps Open Preseason with 4-0 Victory

The Vancouver Whitecaps opened their 2018 preseason with a 4-0 victory over Consadole Sapporo Tuesday evening. We let you know all the important information from the match.

Vancouver Whitecaps players enjoying Hawaii during 2018 preseason
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps began their 2018 preseason with a 4-0 victory over Japanese side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, in Honolulu Hawaii.

Carl Robinson began the match with a 4-2-3-1, with Marinovic in net, a back-four of trialist Mark Bloom, Waston, Parker, and rookie Justin Fiddes, Mexican newcomer Efrain Juarez paired with Teibert as holding midfielders, and an attacking group of Techera, Mezquida, Shea, and new striker Kei Kamara.

No surprise that set-pieces were a key component in this match. In the first half, Tim Parker had a brace, scoring a header off of Cristian Techera’s free kick and then off Nicolas Mezquida’s corner kick.

A big positive was seeing Kamara score in his first match for the Caps, giving the club a 3-0 lead heading into the half-time break.

For the second half, Robinson made a full lineup and formation change Brian Rowe took over in net with trialist Sean Franklin, Marcel de Jong, and David Norman Jr comprising back three, draftee Lucas Stauffer and Alphonso Davies acting as wingbacks, Tchani and Ghazal holding down the middle of the field, with trialist Yohan Mollo, Ibini, and Bevan making up the attacking group. However, Myer Bevan only played 30 minutes, with residency player Simon Colyn coming in for him in the 78th minute.

Bernie Ibini closed out the scoring in the 90 +1 minute, giving the Whitecaps a 4-0 victory.

Responding to fan inquiries today, Whitecaps reporter Farhan Devji noted that the Robbo’s fine lines were in midseason form.

Devji also noted that among trialists, Mollo looked good in training and it was too early to tell on Franklin and Bloom. While draftee Stauffer, with his pearly white teeth that Kamara loved so much, looked decent as a right wingback.

Finally, we asked about why newcomer Anthony Blondell did not see the field. Devji had this to say

The ‘Caps are back in action on Thursday against Japanese club Iwaki FC. They will then conclude the tournament on Saturday against either Columbus Crew SC or Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (6 p.m. PT or 9 p.m. PT kickoff).

Both matches will be played at Aloha Stadium and streamed live at facebook.com/whitecapsfc.

What are your initial takeaways from this first match, if any?