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Report Card: Whitecaps vs Sounders

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Sigh

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders FC Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

You know what happened.

Stefan Marinovic: 4.0

One to forget for the Kiwi. Marinovic let in a Karius-esque long range goal. It should be noted that he also made a good save on Ruidiaz but still not a great turn out.

Jake Nerwinski: 6.5

Had an alright game. Made 2 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 clearances, and blocked 3 shots. Nerwinski was under quite a lot of pressure and did well. The same can’t be said for most of his teammates.

Kendall Waston: 4.5

a largely invisible outing from the captain in a game full of invisible performances.

Doneil Henry: 4.5

Gave away an utterly foolish penalty. He actually recovered pretty well but the Whitecaps can’t afford to be giving away silly goals like that.

Marcel De Jong: 6.0

De Jong had an ok game but unfortunately that wasn’t good enough on the day.

Felipe: 5.5

On the one hand Felipe had a 95% pass accuracy which is pretty good. None of these passes was really created anything but this could be down to Felipe’s bizarre deployment as the deepest of three midfielders. For me it makes much more sense to play Felipe and Mutch as the more advanced two of the midfield three with Ghazal at the base to give other players more opportunity to get forward.

Efrain Juarez: 0.0

Possibly the worst performance by any Whitecap in the MLS era. All he did was pass the ball sideways and get sent off in a moment of madness. Juarez selfishly put his own anger ahead of the needs of the team when he got aggressive with the referee and got himself sent off. A lot has been made of Juarez’s leadership qualities but if this is the kind of example he’s going to set then it’s hard to see what value he really offers the team.

Jordon Mutch: 4.0

Mutch did very little on either side of the ball to influence the game.

Yordy Reyna: 5.0

Ran around a lot and won a few fouls but was lacking in imagination to break down Seattle’s defence.

Cristian Techera: 3.0

Niether the eye test, nor statistics, show Techera having any kind of impact on the game. Not good enough for a team that needs its attacking players to be on form every game to counteract the number of goals they concede.

Kei Kamara: 6.0

Tried very hard, and did a few good things but the ball just didn’t get to him enough for him to have much of an impact on the game.

Subs:

Nicolas Mezquida: 3.5

Mezquida did what Mezquida always does. He came on and ran very hard without much to show for it. When you’re making a sub to chase a game you need so much more than that.

Russell Teibert: 4.0

As with Mezquida, Teibert did what Teibert always does. He ran very hard but didn’t create anything. I give him a slightly higher grade because he was brought on due to an injury and not specifically to chase a goal.

Aly Ghazal: 6.0

Although the sub was much maligned Ghazal did quite well in his short time on the field. He won the ball back a few times and passed it off to create a counter which is what he’s on the team to do. I think Ghazal not being a starter every game is one of the oddest decisions Robinson continues to make.