A Camilo Cracker helps the Vancouver Whitecaps draw Sporting Kansas City 1-1

Posted: July 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
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VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps Match Ratings at Sporting Kansas City

GK – Brad Knighton: 7.5/10 Knighton made a wonderful save off Oriol Rosell in the 24′ when the KC midfielder had a great chance and an open look off a Whitecaps failed clearing attempt. The rebound went to Soony Saad and he missed a wide open net. The Whitecaps keeper had quick to get his hands on terrific shot from Rosell. The Whitecaps current no.1 goalkeeper had a tough time on Aurelien Collin’s goal in the 1st half. Knighton was unable to get to the shot, and his defenders did nothing to help him out. In the 2nd half Knighton was not tested enough but was still sharp in net when Saad fired a weak shot that he dove to save in the 71′. The Whitecaps caught a break in the 75′ when Sporting KC attacking midfielder Graham Zusi had his shot go directly off the left post. Knighton was beat, but his post saved the day. Brad Knighton was credited with making 2 saves during the match.

LB – Jordan Harvey: 7/10 Harvey did not look his best when Collin scored. Instead of allowing Johnny Leveron to cover the Sporting KC defender, Harvey came over from his left back position to help out. Leveron, and Harvey blocked Collin’s first attempt on target but his second was able to find the back of the net. Even though Leveron hasn’t mastered the English language just yet…. Jordan Harvey has to do a better job of communicating with him. Harvey played better in the 2nd half, and Sporting KC had few opportunities to break the 1-1 deadlock.

CB – Johnny Leveron: 8/10 Leveron, and Harvey both had a poor start to the game, and on the opening goal the Caps duo played Aurelien Collin with a “you take it, I’ve got” it approach. Collin had not one, but two opportunities to get his shot on target, and he ended up scoring. Leveron settled down, and played an incredible 2nd half, almost erasing his defensive misjudgment in the opening forty-five. Leveron was fouled in the closing minutes of the 1st half, and helped draw the Whitecaps a free kick which Camilo Sanvezzo scored on. The Honduran international played composed, smooth, and relaxed looking in the final 45′. It doesn’t seem to matter who Leveron’s centre back partner is because he adjusts, and continues to learn, and improve on the pitch throughout every MLS game he has played. Leveron, and Brad Rusin did a wonderful job clogging up the Whitecaps box in the 2nd half nullifying any Sporting KC chances to score.

CB – Brad Rusin: 7.5/10 Brad Rusin made his return to the Whitecaps starting lineup, and looked a little shaky in the early going. He had a terrible clearance off a Sporting KC corner that eventually led to a fantastic scoring opportunity for Oriol Rosell. Rusin settled down as the match went on, and looked more and more comfortable with his new centre back partner Johnny Leveron, and he had some important clearances that did not go directly to the opposition. His calf injury did not look to be a problem during his 90 minutes of action. Rusin had a brilliant block on Zusi in the 94′ as he was on the ground trying to defend in the dying moments of extra time.

RB – Nigel Reo-Coker: 7.5/10 Reo-Coker showed some early hustle in the opening few minutes of the game. He chased down a loose ball and fired a shot on target that curled wide of the net. Nigel was given a big task in keeping Sporting KC star Kei Kamara in check. Reo-Coker was in top form, and was the best Whitecaps defender in the 1st half when the team got behind, and started off slow. If Y.P. Lee takes a few more match off during the season… Nigel Reo-Coker would be a great fit at right back.

LM – Matt Watson: 7/10 Starting his 6th consecutive MLS match for Vancouver, Matt Watson ran his legs off for 63 minutes. His work on the defensive side of the ball was sharp, and he did a terrific job on he left flank as the Caps looked to get the ball to their three forwards. Watson had his own opportunity to score in the 1st half, however his shot was well over the Sporting Kansas City net. Watson has been one of the most consistent Whitecaps in the last two months, and Martin Rennie has shown trust in him while the Whitecaps battle through injuries, and international call-ups.

CM – Jun Marques Davidson: 6/10 Sitting in front of the back four, Davidson did not hurt the Whitecaps in their own half however his play often resulted in high risk and low reward. Davidson’s ability to read the play, and react before the opposition capitalizes on a play is not his best quality. Jun Marques Davidson was completely out to lunch when he walked past Graham Zusi moments before his shot went off the post in the 75′. It’s a mystery as to how Davidson continues to find his way into Martin Rennie’s starting lineup.

RM – Daigo Kobayashi: 7/10 Kobayashi was focused, and his passing with the Caps three strikers up top was lovely to watch in the 1st half. Kobayashi’s confidence seems to be growing after his struggles for much of the season. He was not able to help produce a goal…. but he did look to be finally be settling in with his teammates. Kobayashi’s play is slowly improving, as he shakes off the effects of an ankle injury suffered earlier this season.

ST – Kenny Miller: 7.5/10 The Vancouver captain was not a dangerous threat to score for himself, but he was able to get his teammates involved in the match. Despite not having his own chances to score, Miller has shown that he can keep his head in the game, and focused on making the players around him better. He has led by example, and is a huge reason why the Whitecaps were able to nic 4 of 6 points on their road trip. Kenny Miller has finally shown his leadership, and attributes that have made him once of Scotland’s star players.

ST – Camilo Sanvezzo: 8/10 The Whitecaps leading goal scorer is absolutely deadly when he takes a free kick, and that’s exactly how he tied the match 1-1 in the 45′. Camilo curled a brilliant shot past Jimmy Nielsen for his 10th MLS goal of the season. Nielsen had no chance on the free kick from about 25 yards out. The Brazilian was influential in the first minute of the 2nd half when he picked up his first yellow card of the season. Camilo was going to beat Nielsen to the ball, and instead of going around the Kansas City keeper he blatantly dove in the hopes referee Ricardo Salazar would award a penalty. Camilo has a bit of a reputation for diving, and the Whitecaps can’t afford to have him suspended or sent off. Overall Camilo did not have his best game of the season, but with the quality, and talent he has a player with his ability only needs one chance to burn the opposition.  

ST – Corey Hertzog: 6.5/10 With Russell Teibert with Canada for the upcoming Gold Cup tournament, Whitecaps gaffer Martin Rennie decided to go with Hertzog as his third forward. Hertzog had not started for the Whitecaps since May 4, vs Real Salt Lake. At times Hertzog did not have the timing, and chemistry we’ve seen between Camilo, Kenny Miller, and Russell Teibert in recent games, and that’s somewhat understandable. The Bayern Munich supporter looked like he was doing too much at once. He was indecisive, and did not mesh well with Camilo, and Miller. If Hertzog is going to replace Teibert for the next 4 matches hopefully he builds timing, and chemistry with Camilo, and Miller.

Substitutions:

CM – Gershon Koffie: 5/10 Koffie came on for an exhausted Matt Watson in the 63′ and worked hard in the midfield to help win possession battles. He had a few key sliding tackles, and did well as he looks to return to the Vancouver starting lineup from his recent injury. Koffie didn’t do anything to impress, and he did not cost his team in their own half.

ST – Heinemann: 5/10 Heinemann was subbed on for Corey Hertzog in the 82 minute. The 6’4 forward, and St. Louis, Missouri native, had 40 friends, and family in attendance and helped create a corner for Vancouver soon after entering the match. Heinemann was able to help control a bit of the play, and he has shown to be great at defending opposition corners.

My Man of the Match: Camilo Sanvezzo 

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