Whitecaps need to find goals somewhere soon 0
Looking at the positives and the bright side for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is easy, whether it was the return of Jay DeMerit — who looked solid — or a clean sheet for the team and goalkeeper David Ousted, the first one since the last time the squad played San Jose.
However, some sad facts remain, as the Whitecaps are winless in five matches, scoring just three goals in that period. Vancouver still have never won a Major League Soccer match in the month of September and the MLS playoffs in 2013 are now a long shot at best.
The ‘Caps have given up 12 goals in their last nine matches, and on many occasions the defenders have left Ousted out to dry. With injured captain DeMerit back in the lineup, the team should be able to tidy things up at the back, especially if Jun Marques Davidson also stays in the lineup. When Davidson plays a full 90 minutes, the Whitecaps have secured 25 of the 38 points Vancouver has earned this season.
But the return of both Davidson and DeMerit may be a little too late for those playoff hopes and defence isn’t the only place that requires immediate work.
Scoring goals has become a major problem of late, with both Camilo and Kenny Miller producing zero goals during the last five matches. The last time both Miller and Camilo were able to score a goal, the ‘Caps won the match, but when they haven’t, things haven’t been so rosy.
While some players have been able to step in and add a goal here or there, none have been able to fill the goal consistently enough to take the pressure off the goal-scoring duo, and no one has been able to propel them to victory.
While much of the focus is on the goals, Vancouver also require assists. Russell Teibert had two goals and six assists in his first 11 matches this season. He then got the call to play for Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and has managed just two assists in his seven matches since.
While the playoffs aren’t out of the realm of possibility for Vancouver, their hopes are certainly dwindling. The ‘Caps need someone, anyone, to be a leader and make a difference. Otherwise, the Whitecaps this season will have gone down the tubes when it everything looked so encouraging at the start of July.