They tried…Well, they started well at least. Unlike the previous match against San Jose, the Vancouver Whitecaps were able to string together 20 minutes of positive play…however, after that point things returned to normal and the Caps left Stade Saputo 2-1 losers to Montreal Impact.
After an embarrassing showing against San Jose over the weekend, there was a possibility that we would see some changes to the lineup. Yet, previous poor outings have not led to lineup changes, so it was also possible that Marc Dos Santos would trot out the same lineup as in San Jose.
However, MDS, delightfully, surprised us all, with not only a new formation but several new faces. Both newcomers Michaell Chirinos and Tosaint Ricketts started the match, while Jon….Erice… I hope I am getting that name correct, started at defensive midfield. It was great to see Erice back in the lineup and to see the Whitecaps try something a little different.
The Caps looked lively for the first 10 minutes of the match, even keeping Montreal pinned in their own half for the first few minutes of the match. Chirinos and Ricketts looked good, while the connection between the defense and offense was more noticeable thanks to the presence of Erice. Like San Jose, the Caps scored early. 17 minutes into this one, Reyna tapped the ball into an open net after some great work by the aforementioned two newcomers.
It looked like the Caps were going to build on their lead in the 20th minute when Chirinos was taken down in the box. Reyna stepped up to take the penalty kick, with Montero sitting this one out, and…Bush recorded his first pk save of the season. Luckily, Ricketts pounced on the rebound and slotted it home for the 2-0 lead…or did he.
Turns out Ricketts and In-Beom were encroaching on the penalty kick while Evan Bush stepped off his line early. Because of Bush’s mistake, the ‘fouls’ by both clubs meant a retaking of the kick. A chance to redeem himself Reyna…missed again.
You know, say what you want about Montero this season, but at least when he steps up to take the PK, it is likely a goal. Adnan? Reyna? Yikes!
That double PK save seemed to invigorate Montreal and they finally showed some fight. Following a poor giveaway from Adnan, Urruti was able to ricochet the ball off of Doneil Henry for an own goal. How many is that now for Henry? Is it just the two…against Canadian teams?
Remember that glorious time the Whitecaps had a two goal lead?— Vancouver Southsiders (@Southsiders) August 29, 2019
Yeah, us neither. #VWFC
Do you need to be explain how the offside works?— Antony D. Casimiro (@ADCasimiro) August 29, 2019
Because you have to fast-forward two seconds later to understand how it really works...
In my interpretation, the defender jumps to play the ball. He touched the ball.— Antony D. Casimiro (@ADCasimiro) August 29, 2019
But that's only my interpretation
The rest of the match was…meh. Caps were able to even up the statistics a bit better than last match. They had 61% of the possession (I know, right!), held Montreal to only 19 shots, and were fairly even on everything else. Additionally, the Caps were able to convert 87% of their 550 pass attempts, including 79% in the final third!
Some positives to take away from this match. Outside of the PK (plural?), Reyna looked good, however, I think he is just shopping himself for this offseason. I would be shocked if he is back next season.
In the end, they tried…and were successful if the measuring stick was San Jose. It wasn’t, but it still wasn’t a terrible performance. It might be sad that is how we look at things these days, but right now it is about small, incremental, steps forward.
That doesn't "have to be put in the back of the net"— Russell Berrisford (@squadplayer) August 29, 2019
It was a good header.
What were your thoughts on the match?