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Report Card: Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy

MLS: LA Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps dropped their fifth straight match to the LA Galaxy. xG suggests they were a bit unlucky in three of those games but that will probably not comfort anyone. Indeed it doesn’t comfort me very much because overall their underlying data is still really bad. Anyway, let’s try and rate how the individual players got on.

Maxime Crepeau: 5.0

Crepeau faced two shots on target and they were both basically unstoppable (by him anyway). The other elements of his game were basically fine.

Cristian Gutiérrez: 6.5

Gutérrez was not bad. He had 3 interceptions, 2 tackles and 2 key passes. Those key passes included the free kick that was probably Vancouver’s best chance of the game other than the goal.

Erik Godoy: 7.0

Godoy did not lose any tackles and he was active in clearing the ball away.

The Whitecaps only gave up 0.9 xG on the night so the defence actually did a pretty good job of limiting the opponent’s dangerous shots. Godoy was a big part of that.

Andy Rose: 5.0

Rose was kind of unfortunate that his one high profile error lead to a goal against. But his overall game was not particularly noteworthy other than that. He did not make any tackles or interceptions, cleared the ball a few times and attempted a few hail marry balls over the top. It was a pretty standard Andy Rose affair, which would be fine if he were a depth centre back/assistant coach but it gets kind of grating when he starts every game.

Javain Brown: 5.0

Brown was forced to withdraw early in the second half due to an injury. He looked fine in his time on the pitch, with a couple of tackles and recoveries. I have been really impressed with Brown overall this season so hopefully he is back soon.

Cristian Dájome: 7.5

Dajome assisted the goal and lead the team with 4 key passes. He struggled a bit to get past his fullback but at the end of the day Dájome did his job.

Janio Bikel: 6.0

Bikel scored the goal but it was another kind of disappointing outing for him overall. He did not have a lot of defensive actions and his passing was very conservative. The destroy and progress midfielder has not done much destroying or progressing so far in 2021. Which is kind of baffling to me since he actually was pretty good at those things last season.

Michael Baldisimo: 5.5

I felt Baldisimo was not at his best today. His passing was a lot more tentative than it usually is and he had no real defensive contribution to speak of.

Russel Teibert: 3.0

On Teibert is credited with 0 in every single offensive and defensive stat, except for making two tackles. I think Teibert has actually done alright on the left wing but this was a masterclass in ineffectiveness.

Brian White: 2.0

White is credited with 1 offside and 3 unsuccessful touches as his only offensive stats. This matches up perfectly with the eye test. He was not exactly put in a position to succeed but even still it was a pretty bad performance.

Lucas Cavallini: 4.0

Cavallini did at least manage a pretty dangerous shot and a pair of key passes. But overall his weaknesses were on full display and his strengths were seldom seen. Cavallini has looked notably slower and clumsier this season. Perhaps there’s a lingering injury of some kind, but I don’t know that for sure.

Deiber Caicedo: 7.0

Caicedo came on at 57 minutes and immediately provided a spark. Despite playing only playing 33 minutes (plus stoppage time) Caicedo lead the team in shots and successful dribbles.

Caio Alexandre: 7.0

Alexandre also provided a spark off the bench, coming in for the injured Javain Brown and contributing two shots and key pass.

Leonard Owusu: 6.0

Owusu came on for the last 20 minutes and played 13 mostly backwards passes but did have one key pass. So maybe we’re seeing some baby steps towards Jingles finally being the aggressive passer his video and data from Israel showed he was.

Ryan Raposo: 6.0

This season when Raposo has appeared as a sub he has reliably run very hard gotten off a shot from a decent area. The rest of his game is not exactly refined but that’s not too bad for a super sub. Eventually some of those shots are going to go in.