Offence sputters for Whitecaps as Camilo sits injured 0
That’s the look of a missed chance, as shown by Camilo in a previous game. (TJ CHASE/24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
With striker Camilo stuck on the bench due to a groin injury, the Vancouver Whitecaps' offence came up lame in one of their more crucial matches of the season Saturday.
The chances were there — a couple glorious ones at that — but the 'Caps failed to overcome a poor start to fall 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy at a sold-out BC Place. It drops Vancouver to a 10-9-6 record as they fall to sixth in the Western Conference. The loss was also the team's second in their last three at home.
“Obviously it was a bad start, the worst you could’ve got with the goal so early, but after that I thought we played well, got forward, and created a number of chances," head coach Martin Rennie said. "There was a number of incidents in the box that felt like it could’ve gone our way but they didn’t and you end up on the wrong end of a one nil.
"The fact that we didn’t get a result is disappointing but I don’t think anyone’s head will go down from that performance."
Vancouver gave up the lone goal just three minutes into the game when a couple defensive miscues led to Landon Donovan's strike from the top of the box, beating keeper David Ousted in the top corner.
While there were several key chances throughout the game the Whitecaps will look back on with regret, it was the opportunity in the 81st minute that could leave them with nightmares.
After Kekuta Manneh hit the post from 35 yards out, the rebound came out to Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey, who was all by himself in the box. But his shot — albeit he did not get everything on it — was pushed wide by the outstretched arm of diving L.A. goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. The terrific save, and certainly one up for goal of the year, preserved the victory for the Galaxy.
The Whitecaps host Chivas USA next Sunday.