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Mixed bag for Vancouver Whitecaps fans

By Tyler Green, 24 hours Vancouver, soccer columnist

Nigel Reo-Coker (right) has not been very good so far this season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. (REUTERS)

Nigel Reo-Coker (right) has not been very good so far this season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. (REUTERS)

By now, we’ve pretty much rinsed ourselves of the stink from Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s downward spiral in the second half of 2013, the extended search for a coach before hiring Carl Robinson, and the weird saga that took place with Camilo Sanvezzo. 

Through three Major League Soccer matches for the Whitecaps, we’ve embraced a new and fresh-smelling season as we hope for the sublime and the extraordinary. We are brimming with the excitement of expectation of what’s still to come.

Those first three matches have given us a small taste of what might be on the horizon.

In the opening match of the season against New York, we saw everything from four goals to quality defensive play to Vancouver’s continued dominance in home openers.

Unfortunately in the second match against Chivas USA, we were hit by boredom and an inability to break down a 10-man Chivas side that was ripe for the picking.

In Vancouver’s third match, we discovered that the Whitecaps are a team that will get points on the road, but perhaps won’t entertain the public in doing so — and talk a lot about how the weather affected the outcome in a scoreless affair. We also learned that David Ousted can be a pretty acrobatic goalkeeper and make a save when it matters.

In all, we’ve arrived at a mixed bag of emotions and wonderment of what might happen next.

We’ve seen so many different faces of the Whitecaps so far in 2014 that it’s hard to predict exactly what might come next. We have, however, discovered a few things to be true.

Nigel Reo-Coker has not been very good and desperately needs to be better if the Whitecaps are to make any rumblings as a playoff contender. Darren Mattocks and Kenny Miller are intriguing pieces to the puzzle, but don’t seem to work well together. Kekuta Manneh is Vancouver’s version of the “baby-faced assassin” a la Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United fame.

Despite two poor road performances, the Whitecaps still picked up single points, meaning when Vancouver starts clicking we may actually be in for a treat as tasty as ice cream on a hot summer day.

The season is in full swing, and apparently every ice cream flavour you could possibly imagine is available.

Tyler hosts SOCCER TALK on AM650 Radio, heard Saturday nights at 10 p.m. to midnight. Follow Tyler online at and on twitter @tylergreenFC.


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