Vancouver Whitecaps: No Solutions

The problem when a team is badly coached is that the miasma of the badness begins to seep into everything and everyone.

Is Andy Rose a bad player? No.

Should he be starting every game in order to provide “leadership” in the central defence at the expense of a player (or players) who could play that role for years? Only if the team are getting good results.

The team are not getting good results.

Is Russell Teibert a terrible midfielder? No.

Should he be starting every game ahead of Leonard Owusu (or any other midfielder capable of more attacking intent)? Only if the team are getting good results.

The team are not getting good results.

Is Alexandre really incapable of getting into the opposition box at any time during the ninety minutes? Is Deiber Caicedo incapable of finishing a chance? Is Dajome blowing hot and cold because of his own failings?

The problem when a team is badly coached is that eventually we start to doubt the players and, more likely than not, they begin to doubt themselves.

The problem when a team is badly coached is that the whole becomes less than the sum of its parts and the parts become less than what they are as the whole dissolves.

And what we have here is a dissolving whole.

Time for the Soccer Shorts player ratings!

Hassal-3, Brown-4, Gutierrez-4, Rose-3, Godoy-4, Bikel-5, Teibert-3, Alexandre-3.5, Dajome-4, Caicedo-5*, White-2

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