Caps Open Pre-Season with a Win
by Steve Pandher
The Vancouver Whitecaps opened their preseason with a 4-1 win over the New England Revolution in Casa Grande, Arizona. Leading the way for the Whitecaps was last season’s leading scorer Darren Mattocks who scored three while Kenny Miller scored one.
The majority of the action came in the first 15 minutes when four of the five goals in the match were scored. It only took Mattocks 65 seconds to collect a pass from Kekuta Manneh and give the Caps the opening goal. Within the 5th minute it was a brace for Mattocks who was sent in this time by Camilo giving Vancouver a two goal lead.
The Revolution responded after Brad Rusin was called for a foul in the box which was coverted by Chris Tierney. However in the 15th minute the Caps re-established their two goal lead when Mattocks converted a header off a Rochat free kick.
The second half saw a different team start for the Caps and was not as explosive as it was Kenny Miller who converted a penalty that was earned by Corey Hertzog. There were a couple of decent chances for each team but the score stood at 4-1 by the end of the match.
With it being the first preseason of the game there was very few expectations for the Whitecaps so three goals in the first 15 minutes by Mattocks was a pleasant surprise. While it is still early, it is clear the addition of pace to the attacking ranks has made a difference to the way the Whitecaps will seek their goals.
“I think it was a very good start to the game for us,” Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie told whitecapsfc.com. “We got three good goals at the start of the match, and we looked dangerous going forward. There’s definitely a lot to work on, and things that were a bit frustrating, but for the start of the preseason, it was very good overall.”
The first game also saw 24 players take the pitch for the Whitecaps which was the gameplan as Rennie wanted to see who as many players as possible especially the trialists. It will interesting to see how many of these players will be there when the Caps take on the Houston Dynamo on Saturday in their second match of the preseason.
New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth (Luis Soffner* 59), Kevin Alston (Quinton Griffith^ 45), Jose Goncalves (Stephen McCarthy 45), A.J. Soares (Andrew Farrell 17, Alex DeJohn* 78), Bilal Duckett^ (Darrius Barnes 45), Chris Tierney (Donnie Smith* 45), Scott Caldwell (Kelyn Rowe 45), Kalifa Cisse (Clyde Simms 45), Gabe Latigue* (Sainey Nyassi 45, Chris Thomas* 77), Diego Fagundez (Dimitry Imbongo 45, Anthony Salciccia 82^), Matt Horth (Ryan Guy 45)
1.Joe Cannon (18.Brad Knighton 45′); 25.Jaime Peters^ (32.Greg Klazura 45′), 2.Brad Rusin (19.Carlyle Mitchell 45′), 40.Andy O’Brien (38.Beto Navarro^ 45′), 12.Young-Pyo Lee (3.Jordan Harvey 45′); 22.Paulo Jr. (16.Erik Hurtado 45′), 27.Jun Marques Davidson (35.Crispin Olando^ 45′, 37.Joseph Lapira^ 75), 4.Alain Rochat (28.Gershon Koffie 45′), 23.Kekuta Manneh (16.Matt Watson 45′); 7.Camilo Sanvezzo (9.Kenny Miller 45′), 11.Darren Mattocks (34.Caleb Clarke 29’, 26.Corey Hertzog 62’)
^ – Training camp invitee
* – Unsigned draft pick
** – Academy player