The Vancouver Whitecaps lost but, like, in a fun way. Let’s look at how the individual players did.
Maxime Crepeau: 5.0
*Pod Save America voice: Not good John. Crepeau still made one or two good saves but he was beaten from range twice and looked a bit hesitant coming off his line.
Jake Nerwinski: 6.0
Derek Cornelius: 7.0
Basically a cinder block in front of the Whitecaps’ goal. Looked reasonably composed on the ball as well.
Erik Godoy: 6.0
Brett Levis: 6.5
I’m counting him as the starter since he played most of the game after Ali Adnan’s injury. I see online people feel he played poorly, largely because his crossing wasn’t great, but he was making things happen down the left side.
Defensively he was quite solid as well.
in-Beom Hwang: 7.5
Hwang has looked much more effective in the deeper role. His defensive contributions aren’t meaningfully different from those of Jon Erice and he offers more going forward. It also doesn’t seem like Hwang’s ability to contribute to the attack is limited by playing him further back as his stats have pretty much stayed consistent with what they were when he was played further forward.
Andy Rose: 7.0
I’m not a big fan of Rose because despite supposedly being a physical defensive midfielder he doesn’t play a physical game and lacks the technical ability to make up for that. However against Portland he imposed himself rather well. He made tackles, he won headers, and even pushed the ball forward decently well.
Russel Teibert: 5.5
Fredy Montero: 7.0
Montero has struggled this season but he actually looked pretty dangerous against Portland. He couldn’t keep his shots down but he was actually doing things which is a big improvement over some of his previous play.
He also lead the team with 4 tackles so nobody can accuse him of not working hard in this game.
Theo Bair: 7.5
Look, Theo Bair is not exactly a player with a great deal of finesse (or at least he’s yet to translate the finesse he does have to MLS level). But what he does do is get into positions to score. Going into the game AmericanSoccerAnalysis.com’s xG model had Bair as one of the most unlucky strikers in the league. One of his shots was bound to go in eventually and boy did it ever go in with style.
Yordy Reyna: 7.0
Looked energetic up front, was unlucky to have his goal disallowed and looked like he might actually get on the end of some in-Beom passes.
Meh/Stopped a shot with his face/meh