The Vancouver Whitecaps eliminate FC Edmonton

Posted: May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

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

GK – Brad Knighton: 6.5/10 Although he was not tested often by FC Edmonton, Brad Knighton was sharp in net when pressed to come up with an important save. Knighton stopped four FC Edmonton shots on target, and none were of a dangerous variety. FC Edmonton didn’t start attacking until the second half when the game was already out of reach. Knighton played smart, and thwarted any attack, or cross attempt the visitors sent his way. Knighton was well deserving of a clean sheet.

LB – Jordan Harvey:  7/10 Harvey looked good at left back for Vancouver, and he was frequently getting forward on the left flank as Vancouver pressed for a goal in the first half. The Vancouver Whitecaps had zero drop off at left back with Alain Rochat out of the lineup. Harvey had a lot of energy, and equipped himself well during the game. Jordan Harvey kept himself in front of the ball for most of the evening, and was not caught out of position by FC Edmonton.

CB – Johnny Leveron: 6.5/10 In his second career start for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Johnny Leveron was impressive once again. Leveron played smart, and did not take any risks when the ball came to him. Leveron, was playing his first career game at BC Place, and he looked calm, and quite sure of himself. He was not caught out of position, and he played with poise all evening. He was great on the ball, and found open teammates up the field when necessary.

CB – Andy O’Brien: 7/10 O’Brien had a terrific chance to add to the Whitecaps lead late in the second half in the 82′ minute. O’Brien was in the FC Edmonton box when his headed attempt on target hit Lance Parker in the leg as he was diving across the net, after a poor clearance by his defenders. The steady Irishman wasn’t supposed to draw into the lineup against FC Edmonton, but he did a terrific job on the back line for the Whitecaps as Brad Rusin was not fit to start.

RB – Greg Klazura: 6.5/10 Klazura’s passing is a strong attribute of his, and that was widely on display against FC Edmonton. Klazura was able to hit his teammates on the run, as they looked to catch FC Edmonton sleeping. Klazura was in great position all match long, and he was able to stay alert, and active on defense when FC Edmonton went forward looking to score.

LM – Russell Teibert: 8/10 Teibert was very active in the opening half of the match. He looked quite comfortable, and in control of the ball on the left flank. Teibert’s creative foot work gave FC Edmonton defenders a challenge, and Teibert was well in form throughout the match. He took two corners for the Whitecaps in the first half but none resulted in any goals being scored.  He also picked up an assist on the opening goal of the match when he headed the ball to half-time substitute Corey Hertzog, who blasted the ball past keeper, Lance Parker from 40 yards out. Teibert was an instrumental force up, and down the field for the Whitecaps, and he was a big reason why the Whitecaps were able to click offensively. Teibert looked to have scored his own goal in the second half off a set piece corner for the Whitecaps. On second looked it was clear that FC Edmonton forward Shaun Saiko brilliantly headed the ball past his own keeper for an own goal.

CM – Gershon Koffie: 6.5/10 Koffie was sound defensively, and very responsible on both sides of the pitch during the match. Koffie cleared the ball out of danger early on, and also played a beautiful ball into Darren Mattocks who was able to beat Lance Parker, but not the post. Koffie’s effort was certainly on display, and he played a great game in the midfield for Vancouver. Koffie had his own chance to score in the 38′ minute when he fired a long ball just wide  left of the FC Edmonton target. Gershon Koffie had one of his better games in quite sometime, and it helped the Whitecaps send FC Edmonton packing.

CM – Jun Marques Davidson: 6/10 Davidson looked focused, and played good against FC Edmonton. Davidson has been playing poorly on the pitch in recent Whitecaps games, but he did not look out-of-place against in this match. Davidson was able to nick the ball away on a couple of occasions in the first half, and he was able to react as the play was happening instead of afterwards. Davidson had a pretty good bounce back game, and he was a key asset as a defensive stalwart for the Whitecaps.

RM – Camilo Sanvezzo: 7.5/10 Camilo was dazzling on the pitch for the Whitecaps. His ball control, and slick moves getting the crowd going, and they give the opposition fits. The Whitecaps need to get more of a consistent offence going, and Camilo is a guy who needs to be a big part of that. At one point Camilo flicked the ball over a FC Edmonton defender, and then ran past him to retrieve it like it was a nothing play. On 13′ minutes Camilo took a free kick not far from the corner flag, and saw it juggled, and almost mishandled by Lance Parker. The ball was extremely close to crossing the line for a Whitecaps goal. Camilo had the vision, and magic to get the Whitecaps going, and once again he was a dangerous threat for Vancouver against FC Edmonton.

ST – Tom Heinemann: 6.5/10 Heinemann had some early chances to get Vancouver a goal in the opening 5 minutes of the match. He had a header go well over the bar, and an attempted flick on target that went wide left. Heinemann looked focused, and ready to play, and he made a lovely pass to Darren Mattocks on 43 minutes, that went wide of the left after Mattocks got a slight touch on the ball. His height, and size were something FC Edmonton’s defenders had a tough time containing. Heinemann’s confidence, and strong play seems to be growing with the minutes Martin Rennie is playing him.

ST – Darren Mattocks: 5.5/10 In the first half, Camilo sent a lovely through ball to Darren Mattocks, however the speedy striker was unable to handle the pass, and he dribbled himself out-of-bounds for an FC Edmonton goal kick. Mattocks had a harmless shot on target in the opening half, that was easily turned aside by Parker. The best opportunity for both teams to score in the opening half came when the Jamaican forward was sprung into the box without an FC Edmonton defender in sight. Unfortunately for Mattocks, he hammered the ball squarely off the post. With more exceptional missed chances to score Darren Mattocks had another frustrating match, and he was subbed off for Corey Hertzog to start the second half.

Substitutions:

ST – Corey Hertzog: 8.5/10 Hertzog was involved in a harsh challenge just five minutes after coming on for Darren Mattocks in the second half. Russell Teibert booted the ball up the field hoping to spring Hertzog for a breakaway. Hertzog appeared to be on his way when FC Edmonton defender Adrian LeRoy got caught up in a tackle, and brought him down. LeRoy was visibly upset with referee Geoff Gamble, and was serenaded by the Southsiders as he left the pitch. Although he did not get a chance to score on that play, Corey Hertzog got the last laugh as he opened the scoring in the 58′ minute with a cracker of a goal from 40 yards out. Teibert headed the ball to Hertzog, and the Bayern Munich supporter caught Lance Parker playing too far out, and he deposited the ball into the lower left portion of the net to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Although he only played the second half, Corey Hertzog was the best player on the pitch, and he showed zero ill effects from the concussion like symptoms he suffered a few weeks ago in practice.

RM – Kekuta Manneh: 5/10 Manneh was brought on for his quick speed, and pace in the second half, but with the Whitecaps well ahead of FC Edmonton on aggregate the Whitecaps did not need to use Manneh as desperately as we’ve seen before. Manneh had a weak shot on target in the final few moments of the game.

LM – Erik Hurtado: 5/10 Hurtado had a chance to score his first professional goal for the Whitecaps in the 80′ minute off a Vancouver Whitecaps corner. The rookie was able to leap forward, and head the ball down off the pitch, but his effort was just wide of the target.

My Man of the Match: Corey Hertzog

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