A Camilo brace helps the Vancouver Whitecaps earn a draw with Portland

Posted: October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps Match Ratings vs Portland Timbers

GK – David Ousted: 6.5/10 Ousted stretched out to make a diving save off a low strike from the Timbers in the 12′. The Danish keeper made a fingertip save off Rodney Wallace minutes before the break. He was not able to react on the opening goal of the match in the 41′ after giving the ball away to Will Johnson. Darlington Nagbe broke free and fired an absolute laser from 20 yards out. The ball flew off his foot into the net just under the top left corner. Portland’s captain got the better of David Ousted in the 77′ with a terrific strike from the Whitecaps box after a lovely setup from Nagbe. Ousted was visibly frustrated and was shouting in all sorts of directions in what could have been a momentum killer for the Whitecaps. The former Randers FC was credited with one save on the evening, and was not at his greatest.

LB – Jordan Harvey: 6.5/10 Harvey was mobile, and got forward on the left flank when he needed too. He missed a few chances to pounce on a couple of loose balls in the Timbers box during the match. The 29 year-old was sound in his own half and contributed as needed when Vancouver attacked and moved up the pitch.

CB – Jay DeMerit: 7.5/10 The Whitecaps captain had some terrific clearances that he headed away in the opening half. He was a key contributor to the back four, and helped Vancouver with his solid positioning, and ability to read the play before it happened. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native, looked a bit wild at time with his tackles, and movement, but it seemed to work for him, and he did earn a yellow. The skipper had a leg saving sweep on Maximilliano Urruti in the 39′. His leadership is an important factor to consider as Vancouver was able to keep calm and salvage a point in the second half. DeMerit spoke to the media following the match and shared these comments.

“Credit to their ‘keeper for making two world-class saves; credit to our guys for coming back and showing character. Even from going down today, we were able to do it again. Camilo again shows his class, and why he was on the All-Star team. Overall it was a very exciting game for everyone involved, but we only got one point which means the next three games are critical, they’re all must-wins.”

CB – Carlyle Mitchell: 7.0/10  Mitchell was good in the first half, and continued his strong showing with fellow Centre-Back Jay DeMerit. He had a lot of hustle, and showed his speed when Portland got forward. Mitchell earned himself a yellow card in the 56′ after a reckless challenge on Canadian International Will Johnson. He missed the ball, and he and Johnson went flying. Both players were attended to by trainers before continuing on in the match. Mitchell has sub-planted Andy O’Brien as the favoured pairing in the back four for Martin Rennie. He has grown leaps and bounds this season

RB – Y.P. Lee: 7.5/10 The South Korean full-back has had a quiet 2013 season, and looks to be slowing down a bit… however he earned beautiful assist on Camilo Sanvezzo’s second goal of the match. Lee played a great ball to the Whitecaps leading scorer for his scissor-kick volley goal. The former Tottenham Hotspur player wasn’t finished because he also had a chance to bag all three points for the home side. Lee made a terrific cut in extra time to freeze a pair of Timbers defenders. Thanks to the open space he created he was able to fire a decent shot on target. His shot was tipped over the bar by Timbers keeper Donovan Ricketts.

CM – Nigel Reo-Coker: 7/10 Reo-C played a lovely through ball to Darren Mattocks on 14′, and if not for a great defensive block the Englishman could have earned himself an assist. Reo-Coker got off to a slow start in the opening forty-five but his play picked up after he was shown on close circuit televisions at BC Place having a lengthy discussion with the gaffer just before the second half. The always talkative player showed pace and vision in the second half, and helped the Whitecaps move forward when they were lacking that final push to score in the first half. His defensive abilities were just as good.

CM – Jun Marques Davidson: 6.5/10 Davidson played his role as a defensive specialist to a tee. He didn’t contribute to any ghastly breakdowns, or bad turnovers. Jun Marques has put finally earned back his trust from his coach.

CM: – Matt Watson: 6/10 Watson looked over-matched during first half. On one occasion he gave the ball away in the Timbers half, and Portland were off to the races. Carlyle Mitchell was able to snuff out the counter-attack and bail out the Redditch, England native. Watson looked to be a tad slow in his own defensive half, and got caught ball watching too often enough. Watson nearly tied the match 1-1 in the 48′ when Mattocks found him unmarked at the top of the box. The shot on target failed Watson as it was deflected out by the Timbers for a Whitecaps corner. Martin Rennie substituted Watson for Russell Teibert in the 64′ minute in an effort to get the Caps offensive going.

AM – Diago Kobayashi: 6.5/10 The Japanese play-maker has been a huge disappointment since his arrival in Vancouver. Against the Timbers Kobayashi finally showed some of the promise management saw in him when they signed him. He was creative, and worked well with Darren Mattocks in the first half. Kekuta Manneh came on for Daigo Kobayashi in the 71′

ST – Camilo Sanvezzo: 9.5/10 The Whitecaps top offensive threat  picked up a needless yellow moments after the opening Portland goal for a shirt pull on Mamadou Danso. Whatever was said to Sanvezzo at the interval woke him up in the second half. He fired a bullet of a free kick from distance that deflected off Rodney Wallace, and past Donovan Ricketts in the 76′. After Will Johnson silenced the home crowd with the 2-1 goal, Camilo the “Magician” scored what has to be considered one of the MLS goals of the season. Y.P. Lee somehow played a lovely pass to Camilo inside the Timbers box, and the Brazilian delivered an off balanced mid-air scissor kick volley to beat Ricketts to tie the match at 2-2. Camilo stepped up when the Caps needed him, and his two wonder strikers are the only reason why Vancouver earned a point. The Whitecaps would be dead and buried with Chivas FC without Camilo Sanvezzo’s 18 MLS goals this season. Camilo described his first goal of the match, and what he was thinking.

“On my free kick I tried to just hit the target, I didn’t mean for it bounce and go in. It wasn’t a close free kick; I was just trying to hit the target.”

ST – Darren Mattocks: 8 /10 The Whitecaps show pony made his return to the starting lineup in the absence of Kenny Miller. The Jamaican striker had a good look from distance in the 9′, however his shot sailed just over the Timbers crossbar. Mattocks had another chance to score early in the first half, as Nigel Reo-Coker fed him a great pass through the middle. Mattocks had an eventful first half which also included banging heads with Timbers defender Pa-Modou Kah. Although he has not had a great season Darren Mattocks stepped up with his best performance of the season. He was taking on Timbers defenders one on one, and using his speed effectively which gave Portland fits. Mattocks talked about how well the Whitecaps played following the match.

“You’ve got to just put your best foot forward regardless of who you’re playing against. But to take to it the next level, you really have to step up, and I think we worked hard on both ends.”

Substitutions:

LM – Russell Teibert: 7/10 Once he came on in the 64′ Teibert made some good runs down the flanks but was unable to find any on coming Whitecaps with his crosses. The creative midfielder provided a spark with his appearance, and gave Vancouver a huge boost as the Timbers back four tired, and left Donovan Ricketts to fend for himself.

AM – Kekuta Manneh: 7.5/10 Kekuta was robbed point-blank by Ricketts in the 75′. The Gambian attacking midfielder spun, and shot inside the Timbers box but did not find the back of the net. Ricketts had Kekuta’s number because he also turned him away with a spectacular save off Manneh’s volley in extra time. Not to be detoured Kekuta Manneh broke down the flank, and tried to beat every last Timbers player on the pitch in the final 30 seconds of the match. Manneh was slightly bumped by Mamadou Danso, and no penalty was called by referee Silviu Petrescu.

My Man of the Match: Camilo Sanvezzo 

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