The Caps’ season drew to a close Sunday, with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake marking the final chapter in a largely forgettable season. Some members of the squad are a lock to return, while others are liable to be searching for a new home. How did they fare? Read on to find out:
Maxime Crepeau: 6.5
A couple of shaky moments from Crepeau but there were many more stronger ones from the squad MVP. That was especially true in the second half, where he made some big stops to keep the Caps in the match. Was pretty much hung out to dry by Henry/Cornelius on the goal, so no real fault there. Overall, a very Crepeau-like end to 2019.
Ali Adnan: 5.5
Took a lot of initiative and made RSL sweat a bit on the left hand side but was never quite able to pull off his audacious ideas. Service too was a bit lacking all day from the Iraqi international. Actually had a couple of bright spots defensively that will have Caps’ fans heartened heading into next season.
Derek Cornelius: 4.5
Really needed to do better on RSL’s goal and Cornelius had a couple questionable clearances that went right to attacking players, although he was bailed out each time by a lack of clinical finishing or by Crepeau. The one big positive was Cornelius’ work building out of the back, which was on point and will go a long way towards building his case as a starting CB next season.
Donneil Henry: 5.5
Think he just lost track of where he and Damir Kreilach were on the goal and it was uncharacteristic error from Henry. True to form, he had a vital block minutes later to prevent RSL from getting a second. Recovered in the second half but it won’t be one that Henry will be dying to remember.
Erik Godoy: 5
Godoy was the one who I considered at fault for the RSL goal, as should have closed down better. Improved defensively in the second half but didn’t seem to have the same attacking confidence as what he showed last week. Really seemed to tire as the game went on and will need to improve in that respect if he is to become a regular RB option for Vancouver next season. Overall, though, he made a decent case Sunday for being in that role.
Russell Teibert: 5.5
To paraphrase the movie Bruges: “Purgatory’s kind of like the in-betweeny one. You weren’t really shit, but you weren’t all that great either. Like Russell Teibert against Real Salt Lake.”
Andy Rose: 4
Just doesn’t know where to position himself in terms of the role he is being asked to play, which put the Caps in some sticky situations. I thought we saw this early, including on the goal, where he looked a bit lost. In the second half, he seemed to cycle with Teibert as to who was playing in the deeper DM role, which helped things somewhat and Rose looked a bit better in that role. Strangely, his most positive contributions came on set pieces, where he seemed to be a target. In all likelihood Rose will be back next season but Sunday showed why he should not be a starter.
In-Beom Hwang: 5.5
Hwang started the first 10 minutes of the match in great form, pinging passes all around the park and looking dangerous in the press early. He dropped off as the match went on, with the passing not all the way there for In-Beom on decision day.
Michaell Chirinos: 7.5
Chirinos made a stirring final case for staying in Vancouver, looking lively from the get-go. Thought he was everywhere in the first half and MDS’ message for the Honduran to get more involved seemed to have been delivered. He was unlucky to be denied twice in the second 45 by Nick Rimando at full stretch but was the only player to put in 90 minutes worth of effort. Also appreciated how smart his decision making is in terms of his runs and link up with Adnan--something that drove me crazy about Lass and Lucas Venuto. Did nothing to change my mind that he should be a Caps player next season.
Tosaint Ricketts: 4.5
Ricketts must have heard Andy Rose telling TSN how deep Kreilach was dropping and thought he should do the same. He did alright in the first half, creating some space and making himself available but was unable to capitalize. He seemed to drop deeper in the second half, however, and that is not a place Ricketts seems comfortable. Was almost painful to watch when he was on the ball, including one ill-fated counter where he elected not to find In-Beom and instead carried it forward himself. Didn’t do much that will make Whitecaps fans pine for him when he’s gone.
Theo Bair: 6
Would like to have seen him get more involved but when he made an impact, it was generally positive. Put in an excellent ball that should have led to an equalizer but for Nick Rimando going full stretch on Chirinos--another example of the youngster putting in top drawer crosses even while being closed down. Would like to see the team put him in more of a “finisher” rather than a “creator” role, however.
Yordy Reyna: 5.5
Got engaged from the moment he came on and launched a fantastic ball to set up Chirinos’ almost-goal. Showed similar spunk in a counter attack later in the half but erred in trying to take on defenders himself rather than play in a wide open Adnan. MDS tweaked the tactics to move to two strikers, illustrating the problem Reyna appears to be facing. While no Whitecaps fan would argue that he lacks the talent to be a starter, his role in MDS’ preferred 4-3-3 is not clear. This is especially true if the team tries to move for a “name” at striker. Overall, though, Reyna wasn’t quite polished enough to deliver a moment of magic in what could be his final match for the Caps.
Fredy Montero: 4.5
Couldn’t quite get involved enough in the play to continue his late-game heroics. A bench role, however, appears to be the best use for Fredy going forward.
Georges Mukumbilwa: N/A
Didn’t log enough minutes to get a rating but was happy to see Georges be handed his MLS debut. Didn’t look particularly plussed about it either and had a couple bright attacking moments in the game’s dying moments. Will be interested to see what he offers up in preseason and whether MDS gives him a chance to make a case for some minutes next season.