Vancouver Whitecaps ran out 1-0 winners against AC St Louis this afternoon to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
The first ever meeting between the two sides was far from being an entertaining encounter but the most pleasing aspect was that the Caps kept their third clean sheet in a row.
The Caps starting line up saw enforced changes and by the time the game ended the Caps are going to be testing their squad depth quite early in the season.
The difference between Vancouver and a very poor St Louis side was a 19th minute Mouloud Akloul strike. The French Algerian defender couldn’t enjoy the moment of his first goal for his new club though, breaking his ankle in his fall as he put the ball in the net.
Despite the Caps outshooting St Louis 11 to 1, there was very little dangerous goalmouth action from the home side, with Jay Nolly virtually a bystander at the other end.
Greg Janicki had the best chance to add to the advantage on 31 minutes but his header from a Wes Knight throw crashed off the bar.
There wasn’t a lot more to take from the game than the three points. We’re certainly looking more solid at the back, but I just don’t see where our goals are going to come from when we come up against a team that may actually be able to score one in return.
With Portland away the next stop on Thursday, we’ll face our toughest test of the season so far. These are the games when we get to see who are our key guys and hopefully see them step up.
With possible MLS contracts on the horizon for both teams’ players, it should be an interesting encounter.