Last Wednesday evening the Vancouver Whitecaps hosted FC Edmonton, and the result was a dismal 1-1 draw. FC Edmonton scored an early goal thanks to a turnover by Gershon Koffie, who went on to have his worst match ever in a Whitecaps kit.
Koffie wasn’t the only Whitecaps player to have a bad day at the office. In fact, the entire VWFC B team roster was dreadful. Disjointed passing, little creativity and no apparent chemistry, meant the Whitecaps were lucky to walk away with a 1-1 draw.
Some have accused Carl Robinson of failing to care about the VCup. I disagree. He cares about the VCup and he shouldn’t receive flak for utilizing his roster. Squad rotation is part of every manager’s job description. Robbo started his reserves and they underperformed. With a big weekend match against the Seattle Sounders sandwiched between the VCup semi-final, Robbo needed to save his first team for the weekend. With an upcoming away match in Colorado, Robbo will have more options available when the Whitecaps take to the pitch against the Eddies this evening.
The injury bug has bitten Vancouver. Earnshaw, Hurtado, Adekugbe, Rosales and Rodriguez will not suit up against Edmonton. Deybi Flores will also be absent thanks to international duty. This means that Robbo will be forced to make a minimum of three changes to his starting xi. Russel Teibert is expected to step into the DM role. It has been suggested that Robbo will also start Kendall Waston and Pedro Morales. With the absence of Earnshaw and Hurtado, Octavio Rivero will likely be on the bench, just in case his services are required.
Edmonton is taking this match very seriously. This was made apparent by Miller’s decision to rest most of his key players for their weekend match against San Antonio. Anything could happen tonight. The Whitecaps have been very poor in their last 2 matches. After a strong start to their MLS campaign the Whitecaps have hit a bump in the road. How they react tonight could have implications on the rest of their season. If they start slow and allow Edmonton to dictate the game, Vancouver could find themselves in a whirlpool of embarrassment which could carry over into their MLS season. The ‘Caps have a history of starting strong followed by a summer of frustration and lackadaisical performances. With a 5 match road trip just around the corner, it is time for the Whitecaps to pull up their socks.