Vancouver Whitecaps FC looking up at next opponents after a two-match losing streak 0
Vancouver Whitecaps' Jun Marques Davidson (middle) argues with Sam Cronin (right) of the San Jose Earthquakes during the second half of their MLS soccer match July 22, 2012. (REUTERS)
The past week for Vancouver Whitecaps FC has been reminiscent of the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly — each played a factor in the team’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.
The Good – The Whitecaps are well worth the entertainment dollar the sports fan is spending. Whether it was a win earlier in the Major League Soccer season or the 1-0 loss to Philly on Saturday, Vancouver is showing they can be entertaining.
Unlike previous years, the ‘Caps are scoring goals. In the first two seasons of MLS, Vancouver scored 70 goals through 68 matches. This season, they have 33 goals through 21 matches and are on pace to score 53 goals in 2013.
With matches at BC Place against two Western Conference rivals in the L.A. Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, the entertainment value is almost assured, as all three teams battle for playoff positions.
The Bad – A loss is never good and the Whitecaps had a chance to really solidify their positioning against Philly. The Union lost just one match to western teams this season, and three points from Vancouver would have meant it was three points only one of their rivals were able to pick up.
More importantly, after a six-match unbeaten run for Vancouver, the ‘Caps are now mired in a two-match losing streak. The competition doesn’t get any easier either as the Whitecaps now face four Western Conference opponents in August. Three are currently ahead of Vancouver in the standings, while one (San Jose) is desperately trying to fight their way back into the playoff picture.
August will be a difficult task for Vancouver, starting with Portland on Saturday, a team the Whitecaps have yet to beat in MLS.
The Ugly – Jun Marques Davidson head-butting Keon Daniel in the back in the eighth minute of play. Davidson’s temper flared and did something so utterly stupid that it’s almost inexcusable.
Davidson is the same player who feigned being knocked out by a Mike Tyson — a.k.a Julian de Guzman — slap to the face in last season’s Amway Canadian Championship against Toronto FC.
That’s two ugly incidents now from the 30-year-old in his short Whitecaps career. Hopefully a third never happens because it’s the wrong hat trick for Davidson to achieve.
Listen to Tyler on Full Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show on TEAM 1040 every Sunday at 9 p.m. he also co-hosts the Whitecaps pre-game show on Team 1410.