One of the great things about soccer is that even games of a low standard can be gloriously entertaining. Penalty box skirmishes, hilarious defending and professional athletes looking as physically coherent as drunken schoolchildren trying to trap an otter in an oil drum.
The Whitecaps recent victory in Colorado just about fits in to that category but what, if anything, can we extrapolate from that game?
Jake Nerwinski might be improving- Nerwinski started the season as a one man mishap factory, conceding penalty kicks on a regular basis and often looking as though he were still trying to figure out the precise dimensions of a football field.
But in the last few games he has looked far more reliable. Not great, but reliable enough for Whitecaps supporters to not catch their collective breath when he approaches an opponent in the penalty area.
He still doesn’t get forward enough and his delivery when he does get forward is still lacking in quality but he’s not the “first name on the team sheet to be worried about” anymore.
And maybe his game will grow even more the longer he plays opposite Ali Adnan?
Signing the Iraqi left back to a long term deal has to be the Whitecaps number one priority at the moment.
Does Erik Godoy exist?- Seriously. His name is always there in the lineup. He always gets a decent score in the gold standard of player ratings system. And yet we never see him from the first whistle to the last.
Have the Whitecaps circumvented the salary cap system by signing a ghost? A human riddle in shadow form?
That certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of thing they would do.
So we can only conclude that Godoy is just a very good central defender.
Signing the the Argentinian to a long term deal has to be the Whitecaps number one priority at the moment.
The midfield is still a huge issue. Even at 2-0 up the Whitecaps were leaving huge gaps in the centre of the park for Colorado to run in to.
That’s partly down to Hwang In-Beom being completely unsuited to playing a deep role. The South Korean is too easily bullied off the ball and doesn’t seem to possess the vision to play the killer pass Vancouver all too often rely on.
But put him near the opposition penalty area and suddenly his speed of movement and one touch football is much more likely to produce results.
And Russell Teibert and Felipe are Russell Teibert and Felipe and there’s not much more we can say about that without falling into a pit of deep indifference.
Maybe Andy Rose will turn out to be key that unlocks the box that keeps the answers to all these questions within it?
But he probably won’t.
Signing the right midfielder has to be the Whitecaps number one priority at the moment.
Front three set? The Montero, Bangoura and Venuto combination was easily the most effective that Marc Dos Santos has yet put out.
Replacing Reyna’s pace in the middle with all out pace out wide allowed Fredy Montero to play his natural game of either dropping deep or sniffing out an opportunity.
But the Whitecaps will need more guile when they play teams who are more than happy to sit deep at BC Place.
Signing the right creative player who can open up tight defences has to be the Whitecaps number one priority at the moment.