The Vancouver Whitecaps 2020 season was always going to be more interesting for the questions it raised in retrospect than it was to watch in real time.
Questions such as, what conclusion can we draw about any player or coach given the circumstances?
In more “normal” times would Marc Dos Santos have been able to shape this squad into one that resembled an effective unit or not?
The season was put out of its misery (barring more Covid related nonsense) by a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening. A loss that encapsulated the year as whole.
The Whitecaps played the game as though trying to win it was a little bit too ambitious. Best to keep it tight and hope the lucky break fell their way rather than to their opponent.
But it didn’t.
And that’s the price you pay when you live your life by the coin toss.
If the limit of your dreams is to squeak into the playoffs then don’t be surprised if your dreams get trodden on.
If you don’t try to beat a terrible LA Galaxy team, then don’t be surprised if they steal a last minute winner.
If you rest almost the whole team for a game against Seattle then don’t be surprised if that defeat turns out to be as important as the defeat you suffered with all the rested players back.
There are mitigating circumstances flying around like murder hornets in a vacuum tube of course.
But, in the end, the Whitecaps never really controlled the things they could control and that was their undoing.
There will be time enough to go over what all of this means in the coming weeks and months but, right now, no one would blame the coaches and the players if they forewent the final meaningless game against the LA Galaxy and got out of Dodge before Tuesday.
Time for the Soccer Shorts player ratings.
Bush-5.5-, Nerwinski-5.5, Adnan-5.5, Veselinovic-4.5, Godoy-6.5*, Bikel-5.5, Owusu-5.5, Teibert-4.5, Dajome-3.4, Montero-2, Cavallini-3