Dream scenario only way Whitecaps make playoffs 0
Oct 6, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo (7) is congratulated by forward Darren Mattocks (11) after scoring against the Portland Timbers during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers tied 2-2. (Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Everyone is getting ready to write the obituary for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC season.
Before we do that — and we are close — let’s believe the ‘Caps can actually make the Major League Soccer playoffs and what would happen if they actually do.
First off, Vancouver is not going to make the MLS post-season because they need a miracle of epic proportions for it to happen.
However, if somehow the stars were to align and the improbable happens, and Vancouver make the post-season, they will be the team to beat.
Here’s how the story would be written:
Having little-to-no chance of making the MLS post-season, Vancouver won their three remaining matches, became the hottest MLS team down the stretch and, with a little help from some friends, somehow qualified for the playoffs.
Vancouver was in sync down the stretch with goalkeeper David Ousted coming off two clean sheets and having played superbly over the final three matches. The Danish goalkeeper showed why Vancouver brought him to the club in the summer.
While Ousted played solidly, Vancouver’s defence also came together at the right time. Team captain Jay DeMerit not only scored his first goal of the season at a crucial point — a game winner against Colorado in the final game — but also showed his leadership on defence as the backline gelled together as a unit to help post two clean sheets, allowing just one goal through the final three matches.
Vancouver also picked up timely contributions from midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who commanded the midfield, showing his pedigree and leadership.
The offensive charge for Vancouver was ultimately led by forwards Kenny Miller and the league’s golden boot winner Camilo, who did the majority of scoring and brought the fans to their feet as Vancouver managed a miracle on the final day of MLS action at BC Place. It was a feat that no one, not even the most loyal of supporters, thought possible.
And then the bubble burst, which reminded me of a song by West Ham United supporters:
“I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high, nearly reach the sky, then like my dreams, they fade and die.
“Fortune's always hiding. I've looked everywhere, I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air.”
Dare to dream Whitecaps fans, dare to dream.
Tyler is a freelance soccer reporter covering Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Canadian National Teams. Follow Tyler on twitter at twitter.com/tylergreenfc.