Panic time looms for Whitecaps 0
Camilo Sanvezzo (right) will play an important role for the Vancouver Whitecaps this season, said coach Martin Rennie. (TJ Chase, 24 hours)
While it is not officially panic time for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, it might soon be if the team continues their horrible Major League Soccer record of being winless in September.
Currently, Vancouver is trending in the wrong direction — a MLS team that has never won a match in the month of September and has difficulty through the July and August months as well.
Head coach Martin Rennie will talk about the team playing well in matches, but just not getting the results. However, the team stats don’t lie. Vancouver has just one win in their last seven matches and that is simply not good enough for a team not only attempting to make the MLS post-season for the second straight year, but hoping to host a home playoff date.
It is difficult to figure out what actually is going wrong with the Whitecaps right now. Some theories suggest it’s coaching, with various former players saying MLS teams have had enough time to figure out Rennie’s tactics and tendencies. Others say the distractions that come with a glorious Vancouver summer have caused the downward trend.
Whatever the cause, I noted some interesting stats while doing research.
Despite David Ousted having a better goals-against average than both Brad Knighton and Joe Cannon, the Dane is actually on pace to have fewer wins and overall points than both Knighton and Cannon.
Everyone wanted Jun Marques Davidson out of the team’s starting 11, but when Davidson plays a full 90 minutes, their record is actually really good, with seven wins, three losses and three draws, making up 24 of Vancouver’s 37 points this season. When Davidson plays zero minutes, the ‘Caps have a single victory, with three losses and two draws. Not bad for a guy no one wants playing.
Vancouver needs to get Camilo scoring. The Brazilian hasn’t scored since Aug. 10, and when he has found the net in 2013, the ‘Caps have lost just one game.
The Whitecaps have had so many different centre-back combos, but the one that has provided the most points for Vancouver this season is the pairing of Carlyle Mitchell and Johnny Leveron. This duo has helped the team to four victories, one draw and a single defeat.
So whether it’s Rennie being outsmarted, the sizzle of summer causing fizzle, or the September blahs, the Whitecaps need to improve and quickly. Otherwise, at season’s end, the Whitecaps will be watching the MLS playoffs and Rennie might be updating his resume.