Three Kicks: Whitecaps FC thrashed 4-0 by D.C. United

Dec 19 2017, 9:15 pm

Last week at BC Place the Vancouver Whitecaps battled hard in the face of adversity and earned a hard-fought point against the LA Galaxy. On Saturday at the ancient and crumbling RFK Stadium Vancouver struggled and were humiliated by a pair of goals in the dying minutes of the game.

1. Change? We fear change

Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson has been forced to make changes to his starting lineup for almost every match this season. Through the first six weeks of 2016 Robinson has lost players to injury, suspension or international call ups.

Last week versus LA Robinson lost several key players including Pedro Morales and Matías Laba to injury and suspension. In the days following the Galaxy match Christian Bolaños (quad), Octavio Rivero (hip flexor) and Nicolás Mezquida (knee) were also all sidelined with injuries.

Robinson was forced to field a team that featured five different players from last week including the first start of the year for midfielder Russell Teibert, who recently recovered from a calf injury. Starting next to Teibert was 19-year-old Winnipeg native Marco Bustos, who was making his MLS debut for the Whitecaps.

With striker Rivero on the sidelines Robinson started the pair of Blas Pérez and Masato Kudo up top. Both players were acquired by Robinson this past off season, and neither were able to seriously threaten D.C. United goalkeeper Travis Worra all afternoon.

2. No goals is no bueno

The last time Vancouver scored a goal in MLS was on March 26th versus the Houston Dynamo. Since Morales scored his 23rd minute penalty against the Dynamo, the ‘Caps have gone 247 minutes, or more than two-and-a-half matches without scoring a goal.

Since Robert Earnshaw scored in the 93rd minute of the 2015 MLS regular season finale against Houston at BC Place on October 25th, the Whitecaps have gone 8 straight matches, or 1,440 minutes, without scoring a goal in open play.

The lack goal production is now a major concern for the ‘Caps, who have come to rely on scoring from fortunate circumstances such as penalty kicks or set pieces.

Vancouver’s best chances to get on the score sheet on Saturday came courtesy of right full back Fraser Aird in the 42nd minute and from substitute Erik Hurtado, who hit the post after collecting Kekuta Manneh’s rebound.

3. Our all, our Ousted Part 2

Prior the beat down of the Whitecaps on Saturday D.C. United had only managed to score four goals in a winless start to their 2016 season.

Normally it would seem illogical to suggest that the guy who conceded four goals was the Whitecaps’ best player, but apart from mishandling the ball that led to Fabián Espíndola’s first goal Ousted was the best player in a Whitecaps kit. Period.

In total D.C. United put 13 shots on the Vancouver goal, 10 of which were saved by the big Danish ‘keeper. Poor marking were all to blame for all of the goals that went against Vancouver, but certainly Ousted cannot be faulted for the last three.

Match Highlights

Match Details

Man of the Match: David Ousted
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 14,088

Scoring Summary
39′ – DC – Fabian Espindola
54′ – DC – Fabian Espindola
88′ – DC – Alvaro Saborio (Luciano Acosta)
90′ + 1′ – DC – Alvaro Saborio (Luciano Acosta)

Shots: DC 24 – Vancouver 7
Shots on Goal: DC 13 – Vancouver 1
Saves: DC 1 – Vancouver 9
Fouls: DC 10 – Vancouver 10
Offsides: DC 2 – Vancouver 2
Corners: DC 4 – Vancouver 2

65′ – VAN – Kianz Froese
70′ – DC – Sean Franklin

D.C. United
48.Travis Worra; 5.Sean Franklin, 15.Steve Birnbaum, 32.Bobby Boswell ©, 2.Taylor Kemp; 14.Patrick Nyarko (26.Rob Vincent 86′), 14.Nick DeLeon, 7.Marcelo Sarvas, 13.Lamar Neagle; 10.Fabian Espindola (9.Alvaro Saborio 79′), 18.Chris Rolfe (11.Luciano Acosta 77′)

Substitutes not used
1.Tally Hall, 6.Kofi Opara, 25.Jared Jeffrey, 34.Luke Mishu

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted ©; 8.Fraser Aird, 4.Kendall Waston, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 13.Cristian Techera, 17.Andrew Jacobson, 31.Russell Teibert (38.Kianz Froese 61′), 32.Marco Bustos (23.Kekuta Manneh HT); 27.Blas Pérez (19.Erik Hurtado 67′), 9.Masato Kudo

Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 3.Sam Adekugbe, 6.Jordan Smith, 44.Pa-Modou Kah