It was a game to forget for the Vancouver Whitecaps (4-1-2) as they fell to the San Jose Earthquakes (3-0-3) 1-0 on Saturday night at the new Avaya Stadium. In a rough match the ‘Caps found themselves accumulating 17 fouls en route to five yellow cards, a red card to captain Pedro Morales, and a loss that snapped their five game unbeaten streak.
Unfortunately, the disciplinary department was not to the only area the Whitecaps struggled in on Saturday as they failed to register a single shot on goal against San Jose keeper David Bingham.
Many Whitecaps supporters failed to see any positives in the match, a sentiment echoed by head coach Carl Robinson. Robinson was quoted as saying, “I thought we were way below the levels that I expect and the players expect. We didn’t get a shot on target, we didn’t have enough of the ball, we didn’t pass well enough.”
Fixture congestion was also a concern heading into the game, as the Whitecaps took to the pitch for the third time in eight days. The fatigue seemed to take a toll on the team, despite the four rotations made by Robinson since the 1-1 midweek draw against the Columbus Crew.
Whitecaps keeper David Ousted was one of the only bright spots in a bleak game as he stopped three of the four shots the Earthquakes aimed at net. The single goal for the ‘Quakes, scored by Sanna Nyassi in the 75th minute, was not the fault of Ousted due to Pa-Modou Kah blocking the first Earthquakes rebound which Ousted could have easily saved and guided away from danger.
The referee, Edvin Jurisevic, was also a point of contention amongst Whitecaps supporters during and after the game. Twenty-six fouls were called during the game; six yellow cards were shown, as well as two simultaneous red cards. The two red cards were handed out to Whitecaps captain Pedro Morales and Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn in the 88th minute for an altercation between the two players. Due to the red card to Morales, the Whitecaps will be without his services against Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto on April 18th. Substitute Russell Teibert assumed the captain’s armband for the remainder of the game.
Despite the loss, the Whitecaps remain first in the Western Conference and Supporter’s Shield standings due to having games in hand on the teams directly below them. The ‘Caps hope to regroup and prepare for the 18th against RSL at 6:30 PM.
Whitecaps Starting XI and Substitutes:
Russell Teibert for Deybi Flores (68′); Erik Hurtado for Darren Mattocks (72′); Kianz Froese for Matias Laba (80′)
Paolo Tornaghi; Sam Adekugbe; Nicolas Mezquida; Tim Parker
Earthquakes Starting XI and Substitutes:
J.J. Koval for Chris Wondolowski (64′); Tommy Thompson for Matias Perez Garcia (80′); Michael Fucito (90+4′)
Bryan Meredith; Ty Harden; Leandro Barrera; Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi