The Good, The Average and The Bad: Vancouver Does Dallas Over and Over and Over Again Edition

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Vancouver Does Dallas Over and Over and Over Again Edition

It’s a tale we haven’t seen in a while but a familiar story none the less.

David Ousted is ‘man of the match’, he was also ‘man of the match’ when they lost 4-0 to DC United. Octavio Rivero had chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Sure the supporters of the team will take a 3-0 win against the top team in MLS, but there is still a lot of work ahead of them to right the wrongs this team has experienced the past three games.

So tonight let’s raise our pints, sing our songs and enjoy the taste of victory because on Wednesday, the MLS regular season war continues.

Let’s take a look at ‘The Good, The Average and The Bad: Vancouver Does Dallas Over and Over and Over Again Edition’.


Mr. Ousted Does It Again

Most goalkeepers will take quantity of saves over quality of saves. This season Ousted has stepped up his game and is the top of MLS with both the quantity and quality of his saves. Coming into the game with a MLS leading 34 saves, he added four more quality saves to steal the victory for the Whitecaps. It felt like many more.

After the tip over from Maxi Urruti’s looping effort and the point blank range save off Michael Barrios to keep FC Dallas off the board, the Whitecaps really stepped up their game and attacked the Dallas defenders in waves. Sometimes all it takes is a big save and a fluky goal to get the ball rolling.

So thank you Mr. Ousted for Saturday night, but on to the next one.


Octavio Rivero’s Offensive Touch

Carl Robinson is hitching his wagon to starting Rivero this season. As we have discussed week in and week out on AFTN, yes he does so much right while he is on the pitch. But a striker’s job is too put the ball in the back of the net and change games.

How much longer does Rivero get the start over the highest scoring AFTN writer in MLS history Blas Perez?!

Perez came on the pitch and made an immediate impact setting up the Kekuta Manneh goal. That is what Rivero needs to do to continue starting for this team. Let’s stop settling for average from Rivero and demand a better quality moving forward.


Where Is This Much Quality Every Week?

This season has been a season of roller coaster sized up and downs. Loss by four one week to win by three two games later. Last season this team was one of the more consistent teams in the MLS, this season has been a crap shoot game in and game out.

Let’s hope this win propels the team in the right direction and they can build on this. They finally have a goal from open play, got that dirty own goal that sometimes can spark a struggling team, and will have so many strong parts of this game to continue to improve on.

They may have won the battle on Saturday night, but they still have a war in front of them.

Authored by: Aaron Campbell

There is 1 comment for this article
  1. JustoMLS at 13:20

    I believe either one of two options need to happen:

    First Option: Bench Rivero for a few games. Not ONE game, but say three games. Let him get used to the pine, and the view from the bench, for a three games, or until deemed necessary. This approach is proven to “motivate” a player in a funk. And why not give Pérez and Kudo some starts…maybe they are part of the right equation….

    Second Option: Play the 4-4-2 consistently for three games, and start both Rivero and Pérez together. This is the only other way to mentor Rivero, not by subbing on Pérez when ahead, or behind, some goals, because the game dynamic is always different. Rivero needs to be mentored from the blow of the first whistle.

    Just a few thoughts….

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