Whitecaps Player Ratings vs LA Galaxy
The Whitecaps almost pulled off the unexpected as they scored early and kept the defending champs and more talented Galaxy at bay for almost 70 minutes. Unfortunately, right after missing a glorious chance to double their lead, the Caps allowed Magee to beat them on a volleyed shot and four minutes later a controversial penalty ended all hopes.
It was disappointing for the organization that their designated players were unable to lift the Caps to a win while the opposition was helped by their superstars in the comeback victory. In fact it was a couple of players who were brought over from Carolina with Rennie as well as a less celebrated summer acquisition that impressed in the close loss.
Brad Knighton — 7.5
The Whitecaps needed Knighton to be their last line of defense and he was effective making five saves with the biggest being against a Beckham free kick just before halftime. Knighton also was fearless attacking the numerous crosses into the box considering the amount of punishment he took from the opposition attackers.
Lee Young-Pyo — 7.0
The World Cup veteran did an excellent job defensively on the right side as he neutralized Donovan, forcing the Galaxy to move their captain to a central role. Lee also made a key block on a Keane shot and because of the concentration on the defensive side Lee didn’t have many opportunities to push forward.
Andy O’Brien — 7.5
Once again O’Brien was the class of Vancouver’s backline as he led to the shutdown of the Galaxy attack for almost 70 minutes. Against the defending champs he showed great composure on the ball and led the backline with his effective communication.
Jay DeMerit — 7.0
Before he left the match with an injury, the captain joined with O’Brien to keep the Galaxy strikers off the stat sheet with both only able to combine for one shot in the game. DeMerit led the team in clearances with 14 as he commanded the box from the crosses throughout the game.
Jordan Harvey — 6.0
Another high effort performance from Harvey as the left back was tireless in the defensive part of his game leading the team in blocked crosses with four. Unfortunately it was a different story when it came to going forward as there far too many turnovers in the attacking half of the pitch.
Alain Rochat — 7.0
It was a solid effort for the left back in the holding midfielder role as Rochat was able to consistently close down on the Galaxy attackers with timely tackles and blocks. Because of the tactics employed by the Whitecaps he did venture too often into the final third limiting his chances to contribute offensively.
Gershon Koffie — 6.0
Playing the majority of the game on the right side of the pitch, it was an uneven performance for the young Koffie. He was unable to control the tempo of the game and wasn’t effective tracking back like he does when he plays in the middle of the field.
Matt Watson — 7.5
It was a breakout game for the former Carolina Railhawk who did the majority of the work that led to the early goal by Darren Mattocks. Watson also was the closest to doubling the lead as he worked past a couple of defenders to create his own shot that forced Saunders into a big save.
John Thorrington — 6.5
Thorrington, once again, worked hard and was able to muster a shot on goal and should have earned the team a penalty kick when he was tripped in the box. He was able to limit the number of giveaways that normally occurs when he is on the pitch in the midfield role.
Barry Robson — 6.5
The Whitecaps brought in Robson to lead the team in high pressure games and he was unable to elevate his play against the Galaxy. He was able to test Saunders from distance but couldn’t from in close allowing his shot to get blocked losing a chance to get two ahead. While he did track back, he bears the responsibility of the first goal as he was unable to get back to mark the scorer on the set piece.
Darren Mattocks — 7.0
Normally known for his pace, the rookie displayed football savvy when he peeled off his mark to clinically finish the Watson pass to give the Whitecaps the early lead. However, he was quiet for the rest of the game but there was less effort put into the attacking part of the game by the Whitecaps.
Kenny Miller — 5.0 (59th minute)
Brought on with more than 30 minutes to go for Mattocks, Miller was expected to hold up the ball more effectively. There was some success in that aspect but the majority will remember theblatant miss on the shot that would have doubled the lead for the Caps.
Martin Bonjour —5.0 (70th minute)
The Argentine defender was forced into the game when DeMerit was taken out due to an injury with about twenty minutes left. Bonjour was burned quickly after he entered when he allowed Donovan to take advantage of his raised arm that resulted in a penalty.
Dane Richards —5.5 (80th minute)
The speedy Jamaican was brought on to provide pace on the right side of the pitch but was unable to contribute much in the limited time he was given.