The Vancouver Whitecaps fell to Toronto F.C for the second time in a week, this time in slightly less embarrassing fashion. But were all the players bad individually? Mostly, yes. Let’s dig into it!
Thomas Hasal: 7.0
Hasal proved once again that he can hang in MLS. Coming into this game Hasal still had the best goals saved above expected in the entire league. I have to imagine that’s still the case as the young keeper made several excellent close range saves. His distribution remains a bit of a problem, though it was a bit less bad tonight. It’s far from the biggest problem but you can tell the team misses Max Crepeau’s distribution when playing out of the back. I’m by no means an expert in player development but if I’m the Whitecaps I’m having Hasal spend hours every day practicing his distribution. If he can improve that then he can go from plucky hometown hero to genuinely excellent MLS goalkeeper.
Ali Adnan: 5.0
Two highly speculative shots off target and two tackles. A quiet night when the Whitecaps needed their DPs to be loud.
Derek Cornelius: 5.5
No real complaints about his defending but all three centre backs struggled to progress the ball on the rare occasions they had it.
Ranko Vasleinovic: 6.0
Ranko seems like a genuinely pretty good player but he’s so wasted on this team. He is very comfortable on the ball but it’s difficult for him to have much effect when there is nobody getting in good positions for him to pass to. Spent much of the evening passing to players who then got stuck and hoofed the ball up the pitch.
Andy Rose: 4.0
He’s the only Whitecap credited with a blocked shot on the night. Have to give him props for that. He really struggled to play good passes out of the back though.
Jake Nerwinski: 3.0
Nerwinski looked lost whenever he gets the ball at his feet in his own end. Here is his defensive stat line (the 1 is fouls).
Leonard Owusu: 4.5
Owusu continued to show his passing ability and and actually had a shot which is always welcome from a Whitecaps player. But 0 tackles for a midfielder who’s team only had 32% possession is just not good enough.
Russel Teibert: 4.0
Even Kei Kamara got the better of him on the night and he wasn’t even in the same country at the time.
Patrick Metcalfe: 5.5
He had, and this is not a joke, the most defensive actions of anyone in the Whitecaps midfield. He was also one of three Whitecaps to successfully complete a dribble. I think it would be a bit of a stretch to say he was good but he was not actively bad. I’d like to see him pass the ball forward a bit more, but then who on this team don’t I want to see that from?
Tosaint Ricketts: 4.5
Tosaint Ricketts was a player who was on the field.
Lucas Cavallini: 6.0
Managed to turn only 22 touches of the ball into a shot and a key pass so respect for that. Cavallini is clearly trying very hard but the Whitecaps almost seemed to be trying to do a parody of themselves with how isolated their strikers were.
Cristian Dájome: 2.0
I’m starting to think the guy on the Whitecaps Facebook group who insisted Dájome sucked but provided no followup explanation was right. Here is his attacking stat line (the 1s are times dispossessed, and unsuccessful touches)
Ryan Raposo: 2.0
He and Dájome were twins!
David Milinkovic: 2.5
He did at least seem to have some energy. Who’s ready for a statline?
Theo Bair: N/A
Three minutes, 4 touches of the ball, 100% pass accuracy.
Marc Dos Santos:
After every game like this we get someone asking us to give a grade to the manager. I am nothing if not a man of the people, so here you go. This Whitecaps squad is by no means amazing on paper but by my count 9 of the 15 players who played for them tonight have proven at least competence, and in some cases excellence, in MLS or in leagues similar to it and four of them are U23 players who are generally considered to have high potential. These players are capable of a better performance than this and it’s not happening. Either that needs to change or the coach needs to change.