The Vancouver Whitecaps Win 3-2 away to FC Edmonton

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps Match Ratings at FC Edmonton

GK – Brad Knighton – Brad Knighton made his first start of 2013 in a Whitecaps kit, and looked terrible on the first goal scored by FC Edmonton. Knighton was caught off his line, and Michael Cox chipped the past him. For a keeper looking to impress his coach in his first action of the year, Knighton got off to a bad start. Brad Knighton was not at fault when Chris Nurse was left unmarked, and wide open when he headed the ball home. Knighton rebounded moments later, and made a brilliant save off of Daryl Fordyce with his face. Knighton appeared to be injured on the play, and was looked at but he stayed in the game. Brad Knighton was not tested very often in the second half when FC Edmonton played more of a defensive minded game. 5.5/10

LB – Jordan Harvey – Harvey got forward a little more in the second half of the game as Vancouver was pressing for the goals. In a rare moment when Jordan Harvey was involved in the Whitecaps attack it looked as if he should have drawn a penalty for his team. Harvey appeared to have been clipped white making a cut with the ball in FC Edmonton box. Instead of a penalty, Harvey was awarded a yellow card from Canadian referee Silviu Petrescu. Harvey looked good in his first start of 2013, and should be in Martin Rennie’s good books for his play in Edmonton. 6.5/10

CB – Johnny Leveron – Johnny Leveron played his first career game in a Vancouver Whitecaps game. Leveron didn’t make any mistakes on defense, and he was very sound throughout the game. Leveron may have to improve his pace as he goes forward with the Whitecaps. During one play in the second half Leveron was easily bumped off the ball by a hard charging Michael Cox. If not for a foul call, Cox would have been in alone on Brad Knighton. 6/10

CB – Andy O’Brien – O’Brien has been very steady for the Whitecaps in MLS play this season however in Edmonton he looked flat, and caught off guard when Michael Cox scored. The usually calm, and collective O’Brien was not in very good position for the second FC Edmonton goal. O’Brien was close to Chris Nurse just before he scored, but neither he or Darren Mattocks covered the opponent. In a game where Whitecaps defenders Alain Rochat, and Y.P. Lee didn’t make the trip to Edmonton perhaps O’Brien would have benefited from some rest.  O’Brien was able to soar above a crowd of players in the 54′ minute and he got his head on a Whitecaps free kick. His header gave FC Edmonton goalie Lance Parker some trouble, and he had to make a terrific acrobatic save. 5/10

RB – Greg Klazura – Klazura looked good in his first appearance in 2013. He didn’t make any high risk plays that cost his team, and he didn’t make any overly fantastic plays on offense that wowed viewers. He made some crisp passes, and the few times that he did get forward, he was able to quickly dart back on defense before FC Edmonton could take advantage. Klazura also delivered some crosses that helped the Whitecaps get their attack going in the second half. Overall he played pretty well, and if he continues to do so the Whitecaps may rest Y.P. Lee more often. 6/10

LM – Russell Teibert – Teibert picked up a yellow card in the 36 minute for a dangerous tackle on Michael Cox. Teibert was much more involved in this game than on Saturday when the Whitecaps lost 2-0 away to FC Dallas. The youngster had a wasteful attempt on target in the 56′ minute that was nowhere near the net but at least he made an effort to try to score. Additionally he took a few corners for Vancouver, and as the game progressed he was a key contributor in the Whitecaps picking up their attacking play. Teibert is a great ball crosser, and wonderful passer, and you could see him using those attributes more often as the Whitecaps smelled blood towards the later stages of the game. 6.5/10

CM: Gershon Koffie – Koffie gave the ball away in a bad spot in the opening forty-five however FC Edmonton couldn’t capitalize. For the second time in less than a week Koffie was the victim of a dangerous tackle from an opposing player. Koffie was taken down in the second half, and got up slowly. For a player that draws a lot of attention from opposing players he hasn’t quite done enough to earn his minutes. Defensively he was okay, but with the ability that he has Koffie needs to be doing a lot more on the pitch. 5/10

CM – Nigel Reo-Coker – Nigel Reo-Coker went up against his childhood friend Chris Nurse from South London, England. Despite that friendship, he came to play, and was one of the best Whitecaps players for all 90′ minutes. He made smart plays with the ball, and got his teammates involved. Just when it looked like FC Edmonton had him cornered Reo-Coker was able to made a brilliant passes to a wide open teammates without giving up possession. There were some good crosses to Whitecaps strikers in the second half, and he was instrumental in Tom Heinemann scoring the 3rd goal for Vancouver. He came down the right flank, and dazzled the defender covering him before sending a lovely cross into the box that resulted in a Whitecaps goal. The Whitecaps captain was in great position all throughout the match, and his leadership, and play was a big reason why Vancouver left Edmonton with a 3-2 1st leg victory. 7/10

RM – Daigo Kobayashi – Kobayashi was the only Whitecaps player who started the game, and did not finish the game. The Japanese import is struggling offensively in MLS competition, and he wasn’t able to do much against FC Edmonton before being taken off for Heinemann. Kobayashi may be entering Martin Rennie’s doghouse if he isn’t able to step up his play in upcoming games. Kobayashi was brought to Vancouver to be a creative attacking midfielder, and he wasn’t that type of player against FC Edmonton. 5/10

ST – Darren Mattocks – On defense Darren Mattocks is a nightmare in his own half, but with the talent, and speed that he has you can see why he should be starting for the Whitecaps. Mattocks had a great chance to tie the game at 2-2 in the 43′ minute after Camilo came down the right flank, and delivered a lovely cross. Mattocks was able to dive forward, and get his head on the ball however it was an easy save for the keeper Lance Parker. He also had a header on goal in the 49′ minute but it was not strong enough to present any danger on goal. Mattocks was able to create some chances, but many of these chances weren’t high scoring opportunities. To make matters worse Mattocks looked to be offside when Camilo scored the opening goal of the game. His timing was off against FC Edmonton, but he wasn’t deterred  and he helped stay in the game as the Whitecaps came back to win 3-2. 6/10

ST- Camilo Sanvezzo – Camilo opened the scoring in the 5′ minute via a free kick that found it’s way through a maze of players in the FC Edmonton box before finding the net past FC Edmonton goalie Lance Parker. Mattocks appeared to be offside on the play, but no whistle was blown. Camilo was given a yellow card in the 78′ minute after tripping up Michael Cox. Camilo controversially earned his team a penalty in the 83′ minute. Camilo entered the box, and was barely touched by an FC Edmonton defender. The Brazilian went down like he had been shot by a cannon. Referee Silviu Petrescu gave Vancouver a penalty, and Camilo converted to tie the game at 2-2. Camilo is a great player who does not need to dive, and in this case he was very lucky to not have picked up a second yellow card for his antics. If Camilo Sanvezzo doesn’t start the Whitecaps most likely would not have prevailed in Edmonton. The Whitecaps need his creativity, and quick pace whether he falls after contact or not. Goals are goals, and Camilo can certainly score in bunches. 7.5/10

SUBSTITUTIONS:

ST – Tom Heinemann – The player with the big giant afro came on for Daigo Kobyashi in the 65′ minute and lifted the Whitecaps to victory with a wonderful goal in the 89′ minute. Nigel Reo-Coker crossed the ball into the box, and after FC Edmonton defender Eddie Edward headed the ball off his own post, the ball came directly to Heinemann who was all alone in front of the goal. Heinemann easily scored to send his team back to Vancouver with a 3-2 1st leg lead. 7/10

My Man of the Match: Camilo Sanvezzo 

 

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