Whitecaps FC vs DC United Report Card

Northern Starting XI Man of the Match

Pedro Morales                  A

Even though Morales was named Northern Starting XI and he opened his 2015 account he was far from perfect. Several of his corner and free kicks late in the second half lacked quality. Some didn’t have enough height and were harmlessly headed away by the wall while others flew into the stands. Nonetheless, he scored his first of the season which will surely give him confidence heading into Portland next week.

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David Ousted                     A

Ousted didn’t stand much of a chance on both DC United goals. Poor defending by his backline let him down. Other than that Ousted was his usual self making some truly stunning saves. It can be a great confidence booster for a team knowing that they are backed up by such a solid keeper week in and week out.

 

Steven Beitashour           A-

Beitashour had a very slow start to the season but over the last two games he is really beginning to show improvement. Steven has been working his backside off to make up for the short comings of Kah. He earned his A-.

 

Kendall Waston                B+

Waston had an average game. He and Kah were both at fault for the first United goal. Waston would be far more effective with Rodriguez beside him.

 

Pa Modou Kah                  D

Where to begin? Dreadful, infuriating, overly aggressive all those words come to mind when thinking about Kah. He is making a solid case for one of the worst center backs ever to don the Whitecaps jersey. We can safely put blame for no less than 4 goals against squarely on his shoulders. While he is a starter the Whitecaps might as well be down 2-0 from kickoff. Changes must be made.

 

Sam Adekugbe                 B+

Adekugbe continues to grow as a MLS defender. I would like him to make more overlapping runs and send crosses into the box but this will come with experience. He had a glorious opportunity to score the tying goal deep in injury time but unfortunately the occasion got to him.

 

Matias Laba                        B-

Very disappointing red card but the video review indicated that he did clip Espindola. The first yellow was very dubious. He will be missed in the Portland next week.

 

Russell Teibert                  A-

Teibert is really showing fans why he belongs in the starting roster. He has endless energy and a tenacity which can’t be taught.

 

Mauro Rosales                  B

His beautiful curling shot was millimeters from giving Vancouver the advantage. It was frustrating to watch him and Rivero fail to connect. This was due to his absence from the starting eleven. Chemistry between him and his teammates is lacking. Several times Rosales tried to work some magic for a teammate when he should have had his own shot on goal. He needs to be a bit more selfish.

 

Darren Mattocks              A-

Darren was subbed during the half to fit Koffie into the defensive midfield. This was disappointing since the team immediately missed his ability to holdup the ball.

 

Octavio Rivero                   B+

After starting the season on fire, Rivero is now having a bit of a dry spell. He is a constant threat in the box and he had a few good chances but the United defense were swift to close him down. He had a strong case for a penalty in the second half.

 

Subs

Cristian Techera                B-

Nice to see Techera make his debut. We are yet to see his full potential. He was forced to play far more defensive than he normally would thanks to the absence of Laba. This limited his influence in the final third.

 

Gershon Koffie                 C+

He came in for Mattocks at the half and to be honest he failed to have an impact. This was a disappointing sub and it only added to the reality that Teibert is by far the better option in the defensive midfield. Due to the red card shown to Laba, Koffie will likely start in Portland which isn’t good news.

 

Kekuta Manneh               B-

A great cheer went up when Manneh came on but he was mostly invisible afterwards. His electrifying runs were absent and he failed to energize the team. A disappointing appearance for him.

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Kasey Hunter

Kasey Hunter

Growing up in family of footy lovers, Kasey became a fan and player as soon as he could walk. After suffering a leg injury in 2009, he has been forced to the sidelines and transferred his love of the game to writing. When he isn't writing about soccer he can be found studying psychology.

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