Whitecaps Player Ratings v RSL
by Steve Pandher
After their surprising road win in Montreal, the Whitecaps looked to be high with confidence as they looked to climb into a strong playoff position with a victory. With Real Salt Lake leaving a majority of their core players at home for the upcoming U.S. Open Cup Final, it looked like it was a certain three points.
They gave up a goal in the first ten minutes for the third straight match at home which put them in a big hole especially with the possession system they play. The Caps were completely outplayed in the midfield and had nothing creative going forward even when they played with additional offensive players.
David Ousted – 7.0
In the first half there was a little hesitation in Ousted’s ability to get off the line especially on the only goal of the match by Sandoval. However that was his only his mistake in the game as Ousted gave hope to his team for a possible comeback with a number of saves including his diving stop off Alvarez, as well as joining the attack late on.
Y.P. Lee – 6.5
One of the few players for the Whitecaps who tried to create some opportunities with his runs down the right side where Lee delivered a number of decent crosses. As usual he was solid defensively as there were very few instances in which RSL built up the attack from that side of the pitch.
Jay DeMerit – 6.5
In his first match on home turf since the opener in March, DeMerit played a solid game with fine tackles, clearances and positioning. However on the Sandoval goal, he lost striker on a turn and wasn’t able to make up the distance lost which allowed for the clean header on goal.
Carlyle Mitchell – 7.0
Mitchell was once again the best defender for the Whitecaps through the ninety minutes with his team leading twelve clearances and two key tackles to the right of the box.
Even his distribution was near perfect as he made only one errant pass compared to the high number completed ones.
Jordan Harvey – 5.5
A very lackluster performance by the left back who completed a high number of passes but was never a real danger in the attack. Harvey allowed too much space in the wide areas as he seemed to lose focus on where his positioning was supposed to be.
Jun Marques Davidson – 5.0
Another game where Davidson played a safe game in front of the backline but offered very little going forward in the attack. There were a couple of instances in the second half where the midfielder had the ball in a forward position and then showed no confidence as he backtracked with a negative pass to a defender.
Gershon Koffie – 4.5
In a game where the midfield would play an important role, there was no one more disappointing player than Koffie and what he offered in the attack. He had a very quiet game in which he barely had any touches on the ball and was the first player to be subbed off early in the second half.
Nigel Reo-Coker – 6.0
The only player in the midfield who showed anything decent in this game. However it wasn’t near enough of a performance to turn the tide. Reo-Coker had a chance to get them back in the game when he took a pass from Camilo but he took a bad touch and turned the ball over.
Russell Teibert – 6.0
In Teibert’s first start since he left to play for the Canadian national team, the winger had an uneven performance. He was the only player to get a shot on target, which was stopped by a spectacular save, and was also dangerous on a couple of runs into the final third.
Tom Heinemann – 5.5
While he put in a high work rate there was very little offered offensively by Heinemann in the area near the goal. He didn’t prove to be a dangerous player on set pieces where his 6’4” size should have provided more chances on target.
Camilo – 6.5
After his two goal performance against Montreal, Camilo seemed to be high on confidence which could have backfired as he tried too hard in the first half. Once again he was lost on the wing and couldn’t make any penetrating runs from the wide area into a central area in front of the net.
Darren Mattocks – 5.0 (54th minute)
Mattocks was brought on to provide some pace and finishing down the middle of the field but he wasn’t effective in attacking. He had a chance to get the Caps even with RSL minutes after he came on with a shot that was blocked in the six yard area.
Kekuta Manneh – 5.5 (54th minute)
In a double switch Manneh came on with Mattocks to provide more in the attack down the wide area which he provided on a couple of runs. After those initial ones his attacks down the left side seemed predictable and were negated by a solid RSL backline.
Daigo Kobayashi – 5.0 (71st minute)
For the final twenty minutes the Caps brought on Kobayashi to provide another creative player in the midfield. However there was very little delivered by him as he didn’t give enough support to the teammates in front of him.