The Vancouver Whitecaps came out of the gate slow, following their returned from their Gold Cup break. Down 2-0 early to Colorado, they rallied and finished the match 2-2. While not the ideal outcome for a home match, it was certainly better than what many fans expected after the first half hour was in the books.
With several players away for international duty it was an opportunity for bench players to make an impact. Some did and some did not. Let’s break it down. Remember that 5-6 is considered ‘average’ for this exercise.
Zac MacMath (5.0): MacMath was getting the start on place of Crepeau, who is away with Canada at the Gold Cup. While he didn’t play poorly, he didn’t really stand out. What looked like a toss-up at the start of the season, as to who would start in net, is a clear no-brainer now. Crepeau is who you want starting.
Jake Nerwinksi (6.5): I have been accused of being too hard on Jake. With that in mind, I felt that Nerwinksi had a good match, and potential earned the Caps a point with his goal-line save, when it was 2-0.
Erik Godoy (6.0): The only player to have played every minute this season, Godoy has been excellent for the Caps. The Caps BETTER sign him after the loan!!
Andy Rose (5.5): Rose was called into duty thanks to Henry and Cornelius being away at the Gold Cup, and Khmiri not being ready. He certainly held his own. It will be good to have the regular CBs back, but good to know that Rose can fill in (a la Jacobsen) if needed.
Ali Adnan (7.0): It is looking less and less likely that Adnan will be celebrating Canada Day in a Caps uniform, so enjoy him while it lasts. He is certainly questionable on his defending but he would be deadly as a wingback.
Felipe (5.5): Felipe had an okay match, but he has quietly become a depth player. A real shame as I was quite high on him when he was traded here, and at the start of the season.
Jon Erice (6.0): Another solid match for the Captain. I feel like I am repeating myself, but Erice has created a stability and calm in front of the defense that is very welcomed.
Hwang In-Boem (7.0): Hwang had a bit more energy in this one, after getting a bit of a break. His vision is great and I can’t wait until he can do it consistently.
Lucas Venuto (5.0): Venuto has been quite invisible in his time with the Caps. When the Caps have recently had players like Davies, Techeta, and Bolanos on the wings, this season’s wingers have been quite a disappointment. More than striker, the Caps need to address the wings during the transfer window.
Yordy Reyna (9.0): It was great to see him back and he has clearly bought in to MDS vision! That free kicks was excellent, but even more important was seeing him sprint back in the dying minutes to cover his man. He is the complete opposite of Adnan: deadly on offense, but supporting in defense.
Fredy Montero (7.0): He was good...and he potted his penalty, but he is just not dynamic enough. He is solid and I appreciate his contributions, he is just not the game changer. I am writing this as I watch Canada, and seeing David and Cavillini makes me think of what is needed in attack for Vancouver.
Those are my takes on the performances, but what were your thoughts?