Still time for Whitecaps to write happy ending 0
Kenny Miller of the Whitecaps. (Courtesy Bob Frid, Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
On a recent flight to Las Vegas, I rediscovered the movie It's All Gone Pete Tong. The story revolves around a man named Frankie Wilde, a DJ who builds up his career to eventually become one of the best in the world, with everything to gain, before it rapidly crashes down around him.
While watching it, I couldn't help but think of how it reminded me of this season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The team had been building from the inaugural season of 2011, making the playoffs in 2012, with expectations of a good playoff position in 2013. It looked as though the ‘Caps were trending in the right direction.
To start this season, Vancouver signed Nigel Reo-Coker, who has performed well on and off the field, helping mentor Canadian Russell Teibert into one of Major League Soccer’s top young talents.
Elsewhere, Kenny Miller showed last season was just a blip on his career by coming out strong. Camilo regained his scoring prowess, making the Brazilian, along with Miller, a top candidate for team MVP this season.
The 'Caps also managed to get off to a great start. Everything was going so well, but since July 20, Vancouver has just one win in their last eight matches.
The similarities between the movie and the team further intensified when I realized Vegas odds makers didn’t rate Vancouver as a team that could win anymore, just like no one thought Frankie Wilde could ever perform again.
The Whitecaps were getting three-to-one odds to win against FC Dallas, but it seems no one thought Vancouver would win, with 63/100 odds that Dallas would be victorious. In gambling terms, that’s a bad sign for the Whitecaps.
Then it happened, 1-1 in the dying minutes and the Whitecaps gave up two more goals to lose to a conference rival, dropping them farther down the Western Conference standings and away from a playoff spot.
Now winless in their last four matches, the Whitecaps still haven't won a MLS game in the month of September, and it's all gone a bit wrong.
In the 2004 movie, Frankie Wilde was able to overcome his past failures, becoming successful again and rediscovering life. The Whitecaps can do the same. With the rest of the 2013 season unwritten, the ‘Caps can rediscover themselves simply by winning in San Jose on Saturday.