Of all the dispiriting games of a dispiriting season the 1-1 tie with the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon at BC Place was perhaps the most dispiriting of all.
And not even a, right at the very death, Fredy Montero equalizer could prevent anybody’s spirit feeling well and truly dissed.
There was always the faint hope that being relieved of the pressure of needing to get points would allow this team to relax and finally find some coherence and fluidity, but such hopes have proven to be in vain.
Whether that’s down to players switching off for the season or just not being good enough whatever the circumstance is up for debate.
But the main cause remains the issue that the Whitecaps are so badly constructed that, no matter how much effort and how little tension they felt, the players couldn’t put together a consistently good performance anyway.
And so the only positive moments the Whitecaps produce (with “moments” being the operative word) come when an individual or two do something out of the blue.
And on Saturday, as it was the Saturday before, it was Ali Adnan creating a late goal for Fredy Montero. Which is great. But there is still no structure for the players to fall back on when things don’t go well. No default setting to see them through the tougher times.
Against Columbus Russell Teibert nearly created a goal for himself by pressing the opposition defence.
But he was the only one doing any consistent pressing all game. Is that the plan? Just a one man press? Because if so it won’t work.
And, if it isn’t the plan, is Teibert going rogue or are the rest of the team just not following instructions?
These are all rhetorical questions because it’s impossible to tell from watching Vancouver play just what the plan is. Or if they even have one.
Oh well, t’s nearly all over and soon we can all spend the off season fretting over which signings will work instantly and which ones will have had a tough year previously and will need a full season in MLS to get used to the rigours of the league.
Time for the Soccer Shorts player ratings.
MacMath-4, Sutter-4.5, Adnan-4.5*, Henry-4.5, Cornelius-4.5, Rose-3, Teibert-4, In-Beom-4.5, Bair-3, Reyna-4, Ricketts-3 (Chrinos-4, Montero-5)