Vancouver Whitecaps play well and still lose

In his 1967 essay “The Death of the Author” Roland Barthes argued that subjective interpretations of any work of literature were equally valid. Nothing is right and nothing is wrong.

The reader is as the reader does. Each of us can interpret a text in whatever way we choose. There is no definitive interpretation.

And so we are with every game of football. We form our own opinions on who could have won and who could have lost. Who played well and who didn’t play well.

And so to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

They lost 2-1 to the Montreal Impact on Wednesday evening but, in this readers opinion, on another day and in a world without VAR they would probably have won comfortably.

They were the better team.

But 2019 is 2019 and so they lost and there will no doubt be the usual pile on toward Marc Dos Santos and his tactics and his signings.

But where were these brave paragons of truth and justice when Carl Robinson was in charge?

Where were the tough questions in post-game interviews?

Where were the TSN commentators questioning tactical decisions of the coach and criticizing the work ethic and finishing skills of the players?

Five years of dross and there was barely a critical opinion voiced of “Robbo” and his tactical cowardice, but now almost every broadcaster and podcaster and wannabe analyst can barely contain themselves in their desire to lay into a coach who has been in charge for less than a year.

Maybe Dos Santos will turn out to be dreadful.

It’s possible.

But spare me the moral outrage if you never even bothered to challenge the mediocrity and ineptitude of the former regime.

Your opinions are worthless at best and dishonest at worst.

Time for the Soccer Shorts player ratings.

Crepeau-6, Nerwinski-6, Adnan-6, Henry-6, Cornelius-6, Teibert-6, Erice-6*, In-Beom-6, Chirinos-6, Reyna-6, Ricketts-6


2 thoughts on “Vancouver Whitecaps play well and still lose”

  1. Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular.
    Jorge Luis Borges

    Letting billionaires contol your emotional state with their gladitorial games makes for poor writing, nor is it good for your immune system.


  2. Methinks…
    …the man doth protest too much. Either that, or your ear wasn’t turned in the right direction often enough when Robbo, all decked out in his natty sweaters, paced the sidelines.

    If I had a loonie for every time I heard (justified) complaints about Robbo yet again waiting too long to sub in fresh blood, I could… uh….probably pay off some backwoods South American club to take Ardaiz off our hands.

    Likewise, many were the moans about “Robbo ball” — heavy bunkering punctuated by the odd long ball that nobody ever brought under control.

    Yeah, I tend to agree with you that MDS isn’t the goat here (yet), seeing what a dearth of talent he’s got to work with in some critical places, with the exception of Crepeau.

    Still, if I hear “We have to be better” from him one more time this season, I may switch to the dark side. No sh*t they have to be better, Mark. So, considering this club’s mantra of shopping exclusively at the No Frills Emporium, getting better is going to be down to coaching input alone.

    Thus far in 2019, I’d have to say we’ve seen a spurt or two of improvement, each time followed by an extended string of abysmal play. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Still, if I had to guess, and I do, it would be that the fault for this shambaholic season rests at a much higher pay grade than MDS.


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