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Blowing leads a bad look for Whitecaps 0

By Tyler Green, 24 hours Vancouver, soccer columnist

Darren Mattocks (right) has scored both goals in the Vancouver Whitecaps' last two games. They'll need more from their offence as they head into the final 15 games. QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO

Darren Mattocks (right) has scored both goals in the Vancouver Whitecaps' last two games. They'll need more from their offence as they head into the final 15 games. QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO

With just one victory over their last seven Major League Soccer matches, are the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a slump?

The stats might suggest they are a team on the downslope, which is dangerous considering Vancouver has consistently been a poor second-half team.

Over that seven-game stretch, Vancouver has managed seven points of a possible 21, hardly the type of streak that will get the team into the post-season.

Some fans believe the Whitecaps are fine, having only lost two matches through the seven-game span and coming back to draw level in another is a positive. They also feel that the Whitecaps are tough to play against.

While the idea of whether Vancouver is tough to play against is a debatable topic for another day, the fact the team only lost two matches and drew four is a somewhat-misleading positive.

During that stretch, the 'Caps have actually held a lead in five of those seven contests, keeping the lead and winning just one.

In the other four games, Vancouver has ended up giving away the lead, translating to three draws and one defeat. Meaning they have been in position to earn 12 points, but instead gained just three.

Other concerning factors include Vancouver scoring just seven goals through that same seven-match stretch while giving up 10 goals against.

Whitecaps also have their worst point total through the first 19 MLS matches since their inaugural season in 2011 (which was an absolute gong show).

Not the type of numbers that instill confidence in the Whitecaps.

If Vancouver has playoff hopes and desires, they need to start claiming maximum points and can't allow history to repeat itself by having a poor second half.

Giving away points like they have will no longer be an option, along with the need to start scoring on a more consistent basis.

Vancouver is in a slump, but fortunately there are still 15 matches and time to escape.

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

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