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Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps VS Portland Timbers

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Timbers Topple Tenacious Whitecaps

MLS: Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Every come up is bound to have a come down, and after a couple of high flying victories the Whitecaps were brought down to earth by their Cascadian rivals. It was a loss with a lot of upside though, as it wasn’t a bleak defeat, rather the effort was something to commend.

Here’s how the ratings break down:

Maxime Crepeau: 6.0

Max Crepeau was back in the starting lineup after returning from a rather successful international break. A little surprising, but in fact all of the Whitecaps who were on international duty returned. Crepeau wasn’t really tested and he made some good saves, but none of the showstopping variety that he is known for.

Russel Teibert: 6.0

Russel Teibert played well on the left hand side, using his ball carrying skills to provide an option on the left hand side. He was getting a lot of options and linking up well with Ryan Gauld, but his natural limitations hampered what could have been some dangerous plays. That’s no fault of Rusty’s own though, as always he was going 100% so can’t say he didn’t try.

Erik Godoy: 5.5

Erik Godoy played a much quieter game than his previous, with the attack-ruining back line not being as apparent as it was against Austin. Save for a chance which was sent wide early, Godoy didn’t have any other concrete attacking contribution. Nothing to write home about but he didn’t do anything terribly wrong.

Florian Jungwirth: 5.5

Jungwirth also didn’t have as commanding of a presence as he usually does, being more subdued but still putting in a decent shift. He provided the header that landed on Godoy’s foot and did good in corner plays but not much else to say.

Ranko Veselinovic: 4.5

The same comments about the rest of the defense can be applied to Ranko, but as everyone was keenly aware, Ranko contributed to the unbeaten streak ending through an unnecessary own goal. Outside of that he did nothing too bad, but his mistake in the opening goal proved to be unfortunately decisive.

Patrick Metcalfe: 5.5

Metcalfe was probably the least involved of the midfielders but that wasn’t to say he played a bad game. He did his job, but Metcalfe is not naturally a wingback, so plays on the right side were limited. This was reflected with his substitution early in the second half. That doesn’t take away from his performance, but it did show they needed someone more dynamic.

Janio Bikel: 5.0

It was far from Bikel’s best performance. He was rash in tackles and caused a lot of unnecessary fouls. His desperation to rectify his performance caused him to snowball into more irrational decisions and end with by far his worst game this season.

Michael Baldisimo: 5.5

Baldisimo improved his play from last week, being that his passes were equally as creative as they were recycling bad balls. It wasn’t a string-pulling performance, but it didn’t need to be. The midfield didn’t stand out too much in this game so Baldisimo’s impact was limited as well.

Cristian Dajome: 6.5

The highlight of the Whitecaps’ game came from the attacking partnership of Dajome and Gauld for the majority of the first half. Dajome, before the attacking reinforcements came in, was continuing to display his improving defensive skills by intercepting passes and tackling players off the ball. This recent development bodes really well for the Whitecaps as the newfound freedom of the team allows them to experiment and improve other parts of their game.

Ryan Gauld: 6.5

As for Gauld, the current Whitecaps talisman did what was expected of him attacking wise, minus the end product. With Dajome being the only player that looked up to the task in offense, Gauld’s passes often looked to be going too far for some of the other Whitecaps to catch up to. Near the end, his attacking influence grew greater with the Whitecaps pushing hard for an equalizing goal.

Brian White: 5.0

White didn’t really do anything to show positive developments in the attack. It was unremarkable as far as striker performances go, with the pressure of Cavallini back up for selection seemingly proving to be taking a toll mentally on his performance.

Javain Brown: 6.0

Brown came back from national duty with a creative spark to the right flank that wasn’t there with Patrick Metcalfe, showing how indispensable the Jamaican can be to the back line and the team overall. Were he to play the entire match, the final result could have been different.

Leonard Owusu: 5.5

Owusu also contributed to the Whitecaps’ attacking play in the second half. The subs that came on were strong altogether, and were it be a full strength Whitecaps team to begin with, then these subs would also be even more effective.

Deiber Caicedo: 6.0

Caicedo joined the all out offensive that punctuated the tail end of the Whitecaps’ game. Even though there were many chances for the home team near the end, nothing was able to come of it. Still, Caicedo showed enough attacking creativity to warrant at least a belief that fortunes could be changed for Vancouver.

Lucas Cavallini: 5.5

Cavallini is increasingly becoming an MLS standard player. Something the Whitecaps could definitely use, but not the blockbuster DP signing advertised at the time of his signature. It’s disappointing to see, but his performances need to turn around in order to rectify a tank that is slowly veering off course.

Sub 5: N/A

Final Thoughts

Again, I thought the defeat was disappointing, but there was a sense that the team could learn from the loss. It’s different from losses before where the future seemed bleak, rather there is somewhere to build to. For what its worth, it’ll be good to see how this version of the team bounces back from a loss, if they do. They’ll be taking on Colorado in their next match, and recent history makes them the perfect opponent to test the resolve of a team wanting to seal their spots in the playoffs.

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