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Report Card: Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy

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Grading a poor offensive display against an undermanned LA Galaxy

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night the Vancouver Whitecaps hosted a severely depleted LA Galaxy side. The match ended in a scoreless draw, and can only be considered a missed opportunity as the Whitecaps should have finished at least once to come out with the three points. Here’s a breakdown of the individual match performances.

Stefan Marinovic B

The Kiwi Keeper kept his sheet clean for the first time this season, although he only needed to to make one save while doing so. His best moment came early in the second half when he smartly charged Emmanuel Boateng and cut down the angle nicely after Boateng beat Jose Aja to a ball played over the top.

Jake Nerwinski C+

Had probably his most solid defensive game of the season on this night. He was never exposed or caught flat footed at any point and kept his gaps tight. On the offensive side of the ball he had a few nice cross attempts, however no-one was able to get on the end of one.

Jose Aja C+

In his second start as a Cap Aja had a decent match. He was stable defensively in the absence of Kendall Waston, and looked capable of moving the ball along the pitch and even moved forward off the backline to help his midfielders out. He only loses marks for being exposed in the footrace which led to the Galaxy’s most dangerous attempt on goal.

Aaron Maund C+

A solid shift from Maund helped the Caps keep a clean sheet. He didn’t do anything to make me take note of him (negatively or positively), which, for a defensive CB, means he’s had a successful match.

Marcel de Jong C

Like the rest of the Caps backline de Jong had a solid match. Hard to fault any of the defenders when you hold the opponents off the score sheet. Could have offered more moving forward but in his first game back from injury we won’t be too hard on him.

Felipe C

Played a decent game as a deep-lying playmaker. Completed a ton of passes and defended well when called upon. Needs to come forward more often to support his front three.

Efrain Juarez C

Had a pretty quiet night, didn’t stand out on either side of the ball. Needs to offer more support to the ball carrier to help unlock the defense.

Yordy Reyna C-

Another quiet night from the Peruvian. Yordy has not looked like the player he was in 2017. Whether that can be attributed to his tumultuous offseason, or he just does not fit the team’s new formation something has got to give. Had one chance on goal off a Felipe long ball, and offered very little otherwise.

Christian Techera C-

While the bug was full of energy as always. His set piece taking left more than a little to be desired. He also needs to dial in the crosses. Shaved the bar twice on two excellent opportunities, one from a set piece and once from the top of the box.

Kei Kamara C

We saw Kei’s amazing work rate and athleticism again tonight. He desperately needs service in the box. He had one amazing chance in the second half after juggling the ball into the 18, but slid it wide. The crossing from his wingers seemed behind all night, and he couldn’t make his way onto the end of a set piece either.

Alphonso Davies B

Davies played another strong match. He was the most entertaining Whitecap on the day. He had 5 successful dribbles but could not link up effectively with the other forwards on the pitch. Covered well at the back when de Jong was caught upfield on a few occasions, and also when he was moved to left back after the Brek Shea sub.

Subs

Brek Shea, Jordon Mutch, Anthony Blondell C-

The subs by and large made little impact on this match. Jordon Mutch and Brek Shea saw the most time off the bench, with Mutch being the more involved of the two. It could be argued that the subs should have come earlier as it was obvious the starting 11 weren’t getting the job done.

Carl Robinson C-

Tactically the Caps came out in a formation that should have worked against an opponent that was expected to hunker down and defend for the bulk of the match. However the team was clearly unable to break the defense down. There was a distinct lack of ball support and runners off the ball were almost non-existent. Robbo needs to have the team watch hours and hours of Barca tiki-taka before the next contest if he plans on using the 4-3-3 again.