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Report Card: Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Real Salt Lake Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

A frustrating, hot-and-cold performance for the Caps in their first game back makes it hard to do our trademark report card. A few strong individual performances from the 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake perhaps mask the fact that the team didn’t function well as a unit at all. If you’re looking for reason for optimism, there was some of that too. Read on for how the grades came out.

Maxime Crepeau: 6

Crepeau had a couple stinkers before the international break but had a big stop to deny Anderson Julio early. Thought he could have done a bit better on Holt’s go-ahead goal but there were no obvious errors for Max in this one.

Javain Brown: 8

Recovered well defensively after a very early yellow card. Did well to push up into dangerous positions but had a tough time adjusting to the more attacking role he often was being asked to play. His inch perfect ball to assist White marked a big step forward and he was happy matching RSL’s physicality, even on a booking. Man of the match for me.

Erik Godoy: 5

Was immense in cutting out some dangerous shots, displaying the trademark positioning we’ve come to expect. Distribution wasn’t great and both of the centerbacks were poor in the air, however.

Andy Rose: 5

Poor in the air, better at passing and Rose could have very easily gotten a goal off a deft header. Rose and Godoy looked to be on the same page but the backline as a whole looked adrift, which is baffling given the fact that these guys have been training together for the last three weeks.

Cristian Gutierrez: 6.5

Grew into the match, although he got isolated when Deibar Caicedo pinched in to the middle of the park and he was without midfield support. Had lots of energy and was able to disposes RSL players in advanced positions. Was difficult to see him leave in a great deal of pain and his absence will be felt if the injury is serious.

Michael Baldisimo: 7

Had some great diagonal balls but the crossing was so bad at times that they had a tough time taking advantage of them. Thought he did really well playing in a deeper role and his positioning helped give the fullbacks space to run into. Chipped in a team high four tackles and really embraced the defensive duties. A strong performance which hummed in the background.

Caio Alexandre: 6

Liked him in the slightly different role, where he oscillated between being an outlet smack dab in the middle of the park and pushing out into wide areas. Kind of disappeared as the match went on but had his moments when the Caps were on the front foot. 91% passing isn’t anything to sniff at, however.

Janio Bikel: 5

Bikel did the things we all expect him to do well and didn’t add much more. Playing a bit more advanced helped him snuff out counter attacks but also asked him to do a bit more offensively and he didn’t handle that side of things quite as well.

Deibar Caicedo: 6.5

Grew into the match and was really useful at carving up the RSL midfield in transition chances. Had some nifty passing to create chances and forced the opposition to hack him down rather than run free. I don’t think MDS was wild about subbing him out in the wake of Guti’s injury.

Brian White: 6

On one hand, White could’ve been the best striker in the world and the lack of service would have left him completely on an island (he frequently had to resort to the “Lucas Cavallini drop deep to pick up the ball” option). But when White did get in dangerous areas, his touches often let him down (he had 6! unsuccessful touches) or he stopped his run at key times. Even on his goal, his touch was all wrong and it needed a generous touch off Aaron Herrera to get it in the back of the neck. He found a way to score but I don’t think he’s the answer here folks.

Cristian Dajome: 6

Started slower offensively but did well to track back and help out defensively, which was evident in his three tackles. Grew into the match as RSL began to tire but wasn’t as effective in creating chances as Caicedo was.

Lucas Cavallini: 5

Came on confident after his international break and showed some aggressiveness as RSL began to wear down. Began disappearing quickly, however, as was ultimately as effective as White was.

Russell Teibert: 5

Tough to really give Rusty a high rating, even though he didn’t have much time to do anything of consequence. This was a sub that screamed “playing for a draw” and the Caps failed at that objective sooooooooo...

Derek Cornelius: N/A

Brought on to sort out the post-Guti injury defensive chaos and you would’ve expected him to chip in aerially but the team still looked lost on long balls into the box.