The Whitecaps Fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United FC but “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. With fans back at Allainza Field they were probably thrilled to cap it off with a “Champagne Supernova”. Whitecaps fans will be looking at a different song tonight. So “What’s The Story Morning Glory”?
After a scoreless first half and the 5th game in a row, Vancouver had failed to score in the opening 45 minutes. Minnesota would make the needed changes bringing on Ramon Abila in the 65th minute. He would split the defenders and score the lone goal of the match as Minnesota would hold on for the 1-0 win.
It wasn’t for a lack of chances for Vancouver as the front 3 had its share. Maxime Crepeau was good in the net but was outdueled by his counterpart Tyler Miller. It was a big game for the American keeper
News, Notes, and Lineups
The Vancouver Whitecaps mid-week match vs Minnesota United FC got underway Wednesday at 6 pm PST. Head coach Marc Dos Santos would make one change to the lineup that beat CF Montreal 2-0. Bruno Gaspar would make his first MLS start in place of Jake Nerwinski at right back. Everything else would remain unchanged for MDS in a 4-4-2 formation.
Lucas Cavallini, Cristian Dajome, and Deiber Caicedo would look to continue their hot start to the season. Caio Alexandre would make his second start as he would look to get more comfortable with the squad. Russell Teibert made his 223rd appearance for the Whitecaps. Michael Baldisimo was an option off the bench for Vancouver.
Minnesota United FC and Head coach Adrian Heath would also make one change to his lineup from Saturday. Tyler Miller would replace Dayne St. Clair in the net for the 4-2-3-1 formation. Despite the 3-2 loss, they controlled the game in the first half and would try and do the same against Vancouver. Emanuel Reynoso would try and have a big match Wednesday night in front of the home fans.
The match would feature some familiar faces for Whitecaps fans. Former Cap Michael Boxall and Cap killer Osvaldo Alonso who spent years with the Sounders. Minnesota would try and break their 0-0-4 start to the season. Things would kick off just after 6:00 pm from Allianz Field.
Another Scoreless 1st Half For The Whitecaps
The first half would kick off with an early foul by Vancouver. Minnesota would take advantage of possession and try and work it in deep. Referee Jon Freemon had his whistle out early as the Whitecaps would get the ball back. two quick fouls one on Alexandre in the 4th minute as he tried to go up the right side. Vancouver would get an amazing chance to open the scoring in the 5th minute. Caicedo would steal the ball from Chase Gasper and walk in past Miller. He would cut it back to Dajome in the box but he would send it well over the net.
The Loons would push upfield quickly and try and test Maxime Crepeau. Reynoso would get some space in the middle of the field and walk-in for a shot. It was 5 feet off-target and out for a goal kick. The teams would try and gain some momentum as they exchanged throws. Minnesota would control things once again as we got into the 9th minute. The press of Vancouver was a bit slow and leaving some holes early. After a careless turnover by Minnesota, Cavallini would look to turn and attack down the left side. It was picked out and things continued to go back and forth as we hit the 11-minute mark.
Caio Alexandre was given a talking to after Bikel hauled down Reynoso. The free-kick would be taken short and worked to the right side. Minnesota tried to cross it into the box but it was blocked and then grabbed by Crepeau. The first corner of the match would go to Vancouver in the 13th minute. Bruno Gaspar would show his work in the offensive end as he would deflect it off the other Gasper. Caicedo would deliver a good ball to the box but Andy Rose’s header wasn’t clean and would roll out for a goal kick.
In the 14th minute, Minnesota tried to work down the left side for a quick attack. It was delivered into the box but Rose cleared it away. Reynoso was very visible early in the match, he would try and win a corner but would slip and it would go out for Vancouver. We were scoreless as we moved into the 16th minute but Minnesota was the team on the front foot. They would work it around their backline trying to find some gaps.
Vancouver tried to break in the 17th minute but Caicedo would turn it over right away. Romain Metanire would send in a dangerous ball into the box looking for Lod but Ranko Veselinovic played it well and they were able to clear the danger.
It was the usual start that Vancouver has had all season. Trying to see what the opponent was going to do as they waited for a mistake. Vancouver would get some possession but look for a long ball and give it back to Minnesota in the 21st minute. Luckily for Vancouver, it would come right back to them before giving it away in the 22nd minute. In his first start this year Miller was being tested with some terrible back passes. He would remain calm and clear them off the line.
Caio Alexandre would make a nice long pass to Dajome but his ball was cut in and ran all the way through. Teibert would find it on the left side and cross it into Cavallini. He got a good header on it but sent it just wide on the near post in the 23rd minute. He would get another chance moments later from another Rusty cross. This time Tyler Miller had to be alert and make the save to keep it 0-0. Vancouver was looking very good from open play creating chances.
The Whitecaps would hold play as we moved past the 25th minute. A great turn by Dajome to pick out Bruno Gaspar who was streaking down the right. He would fire one looking far post but Miller was able to lunge out and knock it away. Minnesota would clear it out for a corner to relieve the pressure. Cristian Gutierrez would deliver a great ball that Miller had to punch up in the air. Rose would send it back across to Cavallini but it was eventually cleared out for a throw by Minnesota.
Vancouver would continue with the pressure forcing turnovers by Minnesota. After several great runs into the box, Dajome would be sent in and be taken down by Boxall just outside of the box. Boxall would receive a yellow card in the 29th minute and give up a dangerous free-kick. Cavallini would try a bit of trickery rolling it along the ground under the wall but Miller didn’t fall for it and was able to grab it. A 31st-minute yellow card to Bruno Gaspar for a hard foul on Reynoso would allow the Loons to regroup.
Meteinnere would get a chance to make something happen but it was played very well by Andy Rose. He would run out of room and all he could do was chip it at Crepeau in the 32nd minute. The play would get a bit chippy as we got into the later stages of the 1st half. After the Referee would wave the players up the ball would come to Reynoso but his shot from distance was over the net and didn’t test Crepeau. Caicedo would give Minnesota a dangerous free-kick of their own in the 35th minute after a foul on Reynoso. He would be the one to stand over it but sent it off the wall.
Janio Bikel who had been great so far in the midfield for Vancouver was able to stop a dangerous rush by MUNFC. He was at the top of the box and picked out the 37th-minute cross. Things would open up more as Reynoso would try and go 1 vs 6 against the Whitecaps. He was able to get a weak shot on the net that Crepeau smothered up. Minnesota would keep attacking and win a corner in the 39th minute after Teibert was forced to knock it out of touch. The ball was sent deep and long and Rose cleared it out of Danger.
Gregus would look to make a highlight as the ball would come back into the box and he looked for a side bicycle kick but it was over the net. Things would open up as we hit the 41st minute as Vancouver would win a corner of their own. Caicedo would deliver it into a sea of grey and it would be cleared away and out eventually for a Minnesota throw. Both teams were trying to get one before half anyway they could. Dotson would look for a dipping ball in the 43rd minute that went wide of the target.
Minnesota would try and end the half with the momentum as they held possession. Robin Lod would test Crepeau at the 45th-minute mark but the Caps keeper was able to make his save. The 4th official would signal 2 additional minutes and Vancouver would sit back. They kept a good shape and left nothing for Minnesota to try and break through. The half would end scoreless with MUNFC holding the advantage in possession 61% to 39%.
Whitecaps Fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United After A Costly Lapse In The 2nd Half
One change for Vancouver to start the half for the Whitecaps. Derek Cornelius would replace Andy Rose who would go out with an injury. An early chance for the Loons as Lod is played in and would cut it back to Reynoso. He was stopped point-blank by Crepeau who had been stellar all season long. It wasn’t the start the Whitecaps wanted but they would work it down and Cavallini would help win a corner in the 48th minute. Gutierrez would deliver it to the back and Ranko was able to get his header on target. It was cleared before Dajome could get to the loose ball. Vancouver would win a deep throw-in and try and keep up the pressure.
Lots of play in the middle of the park by both teams. Minnesota would get the ball into the Whitecaps end but a Reynoso cross in the 51st minute was long and out for a goal kick. They would try the other side as Gasper would cross it in. The action was picking up and the fans were getting excited. Metanire would dance around a Whitecaps player before finding Robin Lod. His shot was once again over the target but Minnesota was starting to look dangerous. Vancouver would look for a long run but would turn the ball right back over.
Gasper would win another Minnesota corner in the 54th minute. Reynoso’s delivery was cleared away by Cornelius before the Whitecaps would clear it the length of the field. It took about 10 minutes into the second half for the Whitecaps to settle down. They would hold up play and do some good work tracking back to set up space for Dajome. He would walk around a defender and send in a nice shot on Miller. He would get just enough of it as it bounced under him and over the net for a corner kick. The corner was cleared and Alexandre would get a yellow card in the 58th minute.
Minnesota would try and break in but Vancouver would hold strong at the back. Cornelius had fresh legs and it was showing. Vancouver wasn’t looking very good holing the ball and trying to set things up. They would make an errant pass in the 60th minute that would run out for a turnover. They looked much better off the counter as Gaspar would make a run down the right side and win a throw. It would lead to Caio Alexandre winning another Whitecaps corner kick. This time Gutierrez would send it to the back post. Ranko’s bad luck would continue as his header would go off the outside of the mesh.
Ranko would make up for his miss on the one end with a nice defensive play at the other. He was able to cut off Jan Gregus and knock it out of touch. Alexandre would move things upfield quickly to Dajome. The ball would tip up and back down to him. His shot was parried away by Miller and out for another Vancouver corner. It was wasted as the Caps were called for a handball.
Adrian Heath would make his first sub in the 65th minute bringing on Ramon Abila for Gregus. He would look to make a spark offensively for the home side. The game would move into the 67th minute as Vancouver seemed comfortable with the pace of the match. They would hold up the ball and then look for Teibert down the left side. He was bodied by Boxall who would let the ball run out for a goal kick.
Minnesota would take back over and almost break the tie. Hassani Dotson would drive down the left and Abila would stop his run and be left wide open. His volley was sent over the net as he would fall to the ground in disbelief. Cavallini would get a chance for the Whitecaps when he was sent in alone by Cornelius. He tried to “Roll With It” but seemed to run out of gas and was caught by the defenders.
Minnesota was continuing to hold onto possession and look for crosses into the box. Vancouver got too poor in their defense in the 72nd minute. Robin Lod was given all kinds of room on the right-hand side and crossed in a perfect ball. Abiya was able to split both Cornelius and Ranko and head it free past Crepeau for the 1-0 lead. Abiya was shown a yellow card for his celebration but it was a worthy yellow card. He was wearing a shirt with a picture of his brother to which he dedicated his first goal.
Vancouver would make their second sub of the match in the 73rd minute. Jake Nerwinski would come on for Bruno Gaspar who left with a bit of a limp. Vancouver would get on the ball with some nice work. The final piece just wasn’t there as Cavallini could not get on the end of a pass from Caio Alexandre. Derek Cornelius would get a bit too aggressive and pick up a yellow card in the 76th minute for a foul on Reynoso. Vancouver would take the chance to make another substitution.
Leonard Owusu, back from injury, would replace Russel Teibert in the 77th minute. Vancouver would make a sloppy mistake in the back as Ranko didn’t get everything on his clearance. It would go out for a Minnesota corner that would almost give them a 2-0 lead. The delivery would fall dangerously in the box and the Loons would try and work it back. It would end up going out for a Vancouver throw which gave the road team a chance to regroup for the final 11 plus minutes. Minnesota was keeping their backline very low and tight with the 1-0 lead.
With the Whitecaps pressing for the equalizing goal, there was space for Minnesota to try and counter. Ranko Veselinovic would make a mistake in the 81st minute after being pressured. He gave it away to Dotson but a lucky bounce would put Abila offside. Minnesota would try and slow down the match with the whistle. They would get a free kick in the 83rd minute but it would run long and Crepeau was able to grab it. He would play it quickly looking to start an attack.
After some nice passing, the ball would come to Caio Alexandre with space. He would send a nice ball down the left side to find a running Gutierrez. His early cross was blocked by Minnesota for a throw before both teams would make changes. Jacori Hayes would come on to replace Reynoso, who was everywhere tonight. Marc Dos Santos would also make a change bringing on Ryan Raposo for Janio Bikel. Minnesota United was able to clear the throw away from danger.
The Whitecaps were running out of time down 1-0 as Minnesota would put it out for another throw in the 87th minute. They were trying to throw everything into the box before Caicedo was fouled for a free-kick. It was about 30 yards out and Gutierrez would float it to the back post. Cavallini would head it back down and it would bounce to Jake Nerwinksi. His open volley was sent over the net as he looked to the skyward in the 88th minute. Minnesota would do some good work to win a late corner and killed more time.
The 4th official would signal 5 added minutes for the Whitecaps to salvage one point. Minnesota was happy to boot it down to Crepeau whenever they had the chance. Time would tick away and Abila would almost double the lead after a Minnesota free-kick. His shot was just wide as “Some Might Say” Vancouver was slowly running out of time. Alonso was shown a yellow card in the 4th minute of added time for time-wasting. But Minnesota would hold on for their first win of the season.
Post-Game Thoughts and Media After The Whitecaps Fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United
Despite the loss head coach Marc Dos Santos was very positive about the match. He felt his team deserved more for their effort tonight. “Yeah 100%. We lose the game that probably is the game that we have our best moments this season, not only in big chances created but also in some spells of the game our reactions to the loss of possession, our ball movement was very good, our threat.”
“We created chances, a lot of them, to do the 1-0. Unfortunately this ball in the second half …the ball gets wide, we’re not organized at that moment, and Lod puts in a cross where we’re 2v2 in the box, normally that shouldn’t happen. Even after that we still had a big chance with Jake. I told the guys in moments that you lose games, lose like this. Lose where you fought, lose where you created, lose where you tried everything.”
He would continue about the teams play, “It sucks for me to speak about so many positive things in a 1-0 loss, but I told the guys they have to have their head up because there was so many good things. We played a good away game, it was good for the fans. It was two teams that wanted to win. I thought it could’ve been a game with more goals, because there was chances created. It’s that night where those chances don’t go in.”
I asked Marc Dos Santos about the play of the midfield Wednesday night. Both Janio Bikel and Caio Alexandre had strong games for the Whitecaps. Bikel leads the team with 3 tackles and completed 91 percent of his passes. Alexandre had 86% pass completion and one dribble. Hear from the coach on what he thought about his midfield.
Deiber Caicedo would speak next thanks to the translation of “Seabass”. He spoke about the loss, “It hurts when we lose like that. When the team gives a big effort and we lose like that but we need to keep going, We need to stay with the positive things from this game and move on to the next game, and get the things we need to work on right in the upcoming game.”
“Obviously, everyone in the team wants to score, wants to help the team, and we all put lots of effort into creating chances. It’s hard in the league to create chances, and it hurts, it obviously hurts when you don’t see those chances go into the back of the net. We just try to focus on putting those chances towards goal, finishing those chances. At the end of the day, we just want to keep going up in the table and getting as many three points as we can.” When asked about the missed chances as the Whitecaps fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United.
After making his 223rd appearance for the team Russel Teibert was up next to give his thoughts on the match. “It’s a good performance. We’re not satisfied leaving here without a point, at least the point. We had chances tonight. We know we’re a team that can be dangerous in the attacking third, we created good chances tonight and the ball just didn’t bounce our way for one reason or another. But if we keep playing like this we’re going to put ourselves in a good position to win games going forward this season.”
I wanted to get a feel about the mood of the team after the match. I asked Russell, “How’s the locker room doing after the game and if there was any bitterness.?” With confidence, we haven’t seen in a while from the Whitecaps he gladly answered my question.
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
The Whitecaps fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United FC in a game they felt they deserved more. Vancouver had just 45% possession but did rack up another 7 corners. Of course, you know my Unnamed Moments of The Match brought to you by Sports Talk Line won’t have any of that fancy stuff. Let’s see what made my list this match.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
It’s getting predictable in these 1-0 and 2-0 matches so this may be the last Unnamed Goal Of The Match unless we get some Golazo’s! But as I am sure you guessed it goes to Abila and his header. That was all Minnesota would need as Tyler Miller was strong in net.
Also, is this a Seinfeld reference to Ramon the pool boy? Or an Everybody loves Raymond reference?
The Unnamed Fan Of The Match
Someone was out in Minnesota representing the Vancouver Southsiders on Wednesday night. No, it was not #CapsOnTour Kris despite several people thinking he might be there in a disguise.
It was nice to see the team had some support on the road. From a former Southsider, a big shout out to this masked man for his support!
The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
Everyone knows I try and ask the tough questions to the coach and all the players. Sometimes the tough questions need to be asked to a Roomba…
Yes, I asked a vacuum a question postgame! It is a special vacuum that belongs to a great fan account the Couch Ultras! Make sure to give them a follow on Twitter if you are not already.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps fall 1-0 vs Minnesota United FC on Wednesday night. It was a disappointing result for a Vancouver side that played good enough for a point. That was been the case so far this season as games where they have deserved more, they haven’t got it. The good thing is the team has started to create chances and play an exciting brand of football.
There will be no rest for Vancouver as they head down to take on Sporting Kansas City. The two teams will meet at 11:00 am Sunday morning at Children’s Mercy Park. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates about the Vancouver Whitecaps. And make sure to follow along for all your Whitecaps new on the Sports Talk Line Website. Don’t forget to create your own profile so you can interact and talk about all things sports.
Anyways, here’s “Wonderwall” thanks for the help with the recap Oasis…