Whitecaps at Dynamo Unexpected Fall 2-1 Despite Finally Getting That Open Play Goal
The Whitecaps at Dynamo would kick things off at 6:11 pm PST from a rainy BBVA Stadium in Houston Texas. Once again Vancouver would come out with a slow start on the road. After an early goal from Memo Rodriguez Houston would control the first half. They would add a second thanks to a 42nd-minute goal from Max Urruti.
Vancouver wouldn't show life until it was too late as Deiber Caicedo would score the team's first goal from open play. The 80th-minute tally wasn't enough as the Caps would run out of time to salvage a point. Head Coach Marc Dos Santos spoke about the slow start.
"I thought we came in well in the game. We had flow to our game, we had good possession. And then in one play that we misread, it's a transition against us. We don't read that the ball is not under pressure, and we don't drop fast enough, the ball gets in behind and then it puts us in trouble. They get the 1-0, and it created a little bit of unsettlement in our team. Unfortunately, we gave up, for the first time, a goal on a set play, we’re very disappointed with it."
Both teams would make mass changes to their lineups ahead of this match. For a matchday preview and lineup news and notes, check out right here. Both Houston Dynamo and The Vancouver Whitecaps were looking to come off a loss, but only one team would go into the break happy. Let's see how the action broke down in the first half for the Whitecaps at Dynamo.
Dynamo Take Advantage Of A Sloppy Whitecaps Squad In The 1st Half
Vancouver would kick things off in the first half in their blue wave jerseys, They would turn the ball over and foul Houston early. The Whitecaps would win the first corner of the match in the 2nd minute thanks to a nice overlapping run from Bruno Gaspar. Deiber Caicedo would deliver the ball into the back of the box and Houston was able to clear easily. They tried to counter but it was cut down nicely by the Whitecaps to win back possession. The Whitecaps looked comfortable on the ball early as they worked it around in the first 5 minutes.
Caio Alexandre would get a talking to from referee David Ganter after a hard foul and the Dynamo would take over. They worked it down the right side but the cross-in was right to Maxime Crepeau. Vancouver would slow things down before Gaspar was fouled and had to go off to check for blood. He was alright as the Whitecaps looked for pockets.
A pass to Lucas Cavallini and he was taken down with no call and Houston countered quickly. Fafa Picault would cross it nicely into the box and Crepeau dove out to punch it away. Vancouver wasn't able to clear and it fell right to Memo Rodriguez. He made no mistake smashing it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. Houston would look for more in the 11th minute on a free-kick. A ball put dangerously into the box would bounce around before Crepeau was able to grab it and relieve the pressure. It was not a good start for Vancouver.
Caio Alexandre would almost tie things up in the 12th minute with a strike from distance. The ball would fall back to the midfielder but his shot curled just wide of the net and out for a goal kick. The Whitecaps would continue pressing to try and tie things up. Dajome crossed a nice ball into the box and forced Marko Maric to punch it away. Cavallini got a shot off but it was blocked before being cleared to the right side. Vancouver would win a corner kick but Javain Brown would send the delivery off the side netting.
A nervous moment for Vancouver as a long ball forced Crepeau to make a save. Vancouver countered quickly and would win another corner after Cavallini had his shot blocked. Houston was able to clear and it was Max Urruti with a chance for the home side. his shot was over the net in the 17th minute. Boniek Garcia would get a talking to after a foul on Lucas Cavallini. There is a reason they call him "El Tanque" as he is able to get such a good position with his strong frame.
Vancouver would look for an opportunity in the 19th minute as the ball was worked for youngster Javain Brown. He would cut in and have a shot from a distance that was wide. Houston would come right back on the attack as they worked the left side once again. Fafa forced Crepeau to come off his line to grab another cross. Cavallini was shown a yellow card in the 21st minute for a hard tackle on Lundqvist**. Moments later Jones* was shown a yellow for pulling back Cava on the break in the 22nd minute.
Houston dropped their backline very deep and allowed Vancouver to play pass at the back end and wait for a mistake. Things would tick into the 25th minute as the Whitecaps tried to switch things over to Bruno Gaspar. He was tackled nicely as he tried to work a give and go into the box. The teams would trade play in the midfield before Vancouver would take back over. Houston would try and counter in the 27th minute but a left-footed shot by Fafa was sent wide of the net. The home side would get back on the ball despite parking so far back.
They would move their line up and work it around looking for another chance at the Whitecaps net. The ball would run wide to Crepeau who would get it up quickly to Cavallini, who was fouled again for the 24th time this season. Dajome would try and cross it in the box in the 31st minute but Jones was right there to clear it away. Dajome would do some more good work on the left side as he would draw a foul on Joe Corona in the 32nd minute. It would set up a free-kick chance for Caicedo but the ball to the back post was flicked away by Houston.
The physicality would pick up we got to the last 10 minutes of the 1st half. Houston would get on the ball and win a corner in the 36th minute looking to add to their lead. Rodriguez would send in a direct ball but Cavallini was able to clear it. Despite chances on the ball nothing Vancouver had was very dangerous. Bruno Gaspar would get fouled by Rodriguez in what was a bit of a soft call. He would go off for several minutes but would be okay to return to play in the 41st minute.
After a failed attempt by Houston again down the left side with Fafa, the Dynamo would try and keep the pressure on to end the half. A corner in the 42nd minute by Rodriguez was sent perfectly to Urruti at the back post. He was left wide open and volleyed it past Crepeau into the net for the 2-0 lead. It was a disheartening goal to give up for the Whitecaps as they tried to crawl into the half. The Dynamo could sense a team that wanted to get to half and would win another corner in the 45th minute. It was headed out as the 4th official would signal 3 added minutes.
Andy Rose would slip and almost give up a great chance for Houston. Vancouver was able to get back and force it out for another corner. They were able to clear and hold on in the final minutes to go into the half down just 2-0. It could have been much worse for Vancouver despite having 58% of the possession in the first half. It was the 7th straight first half Vancouver was held without a goal and it was becoming a problem.
Whitecaps Battle Back But Fall Short In The 2nd Half
Marc Dos Santos would make the only change at halftime, bringing on Michael Baldisimo for Russell Teibert, who was quiet in his 45 minutes of action. The Whitecaps would start with possession as they looked to break down the backline of Houston. The Dynamo would get the first chance on the counter in the 49th minute. A cross into the near post from Fafa to Rodriguez but his flick was wide and out of touch. After getting back on the ball, Baldisimo would almost spring Caicedo into the box. Maric was quick off his line to smother the ball for Houston.
With a 2-0 goal lead, Houston wasn't in any real rush to force things when they won back the ball. They would win a throw in the 52nd minute before Janio Bikel was given a yellow card for taking down Urruti. It was a decent spot to have a go at goal, and that is what Rodriguez did, but it was wide to the right and over the net. Baldisimo was adding a nice spark in the midfield, switching play and trying to create gaps for the Whitecaps. A nice run from Caicedo but the cross was cleared away from danger by the Dynamo.
Houston would turn the ball over put some great press would lead to a throw for the home team. Vancouver would win it back but an early cross from Bruno Gaspar was too far for Cavallini who was running into the box, Vancouver was having no luck on possession, and when Houston won the ball back, they had no luck on the counterattack. Vancouver would steal the ball in the 57th minute but was running 3 vs 5, and Houston was able to defend easily. Ariel Lassiter and Brown would get mixed up on the clearance with Lassiter taking the worst of it. Nothing would come from it, and Houston would get things back underway as we hit the 60th minute.
After Vancouver would win it back they would try and work it through Dajome down the right side. Houston was wise to it with so many people back. The game was slow, which would be to the home team and the fan's liking. Vancouver would win a foul in the 63rd minute as Marc Dos Santos looked to make changes to spark his squad. Ryan Raposo would come on to replace Cristian Dajome upfront. Tosaint Ricketts would make his season debut replacing Janio Bikel, a more attack-minded sub for the Whitecaps.
The game would move into the 65th minute with not very much action. Houston would almost make it 3-0 in the 67th minute with a great chance. Lassiter would walk in around Brown and fire one off the crossbar as it beat Crepeau. Things opened up a bit for both teams as Vancouver was able to walk in with a chance. Alexandre beat two Dynamo defenders before getting a great shot on the net. Maric had to be sharp to parry it up over the net for a corner. Vancouver would send it in the box but it was cleared away.
The Whitecaps would come right back in but Cavallini wasn't able to muscle the ball away as it ran out for a goal kick. Urruti was causing nightmares for youngster Brown on the right, as he would cut in a cross in the 71st minute. It was cleared before Houston took a foul and gave Vancouver some time. The midfield looked much better with Alexandre and Baldisimo, and they would find Brown out wide. His cross into Ricketts was too close to Maric, and he would easily snatch it out of mid-air.
Houston would make their first changes in the 73rd minute bringing on Tyler Pasher and Matias Vera, for Rodrguez and Lassiter. Houston would be on the Corner and deliver it into the box. The ball would fall to the back before Vancouver was able to scramble and clear it away. The Dynamo would try and put the game out of reach in the 75th minute as Joe Corona was left to open at the top of the box. He would send it just wide of a diving Crepeau and out for a goal kick. Vancouver would turn it over quickly and send it out for a throw.
Vancouver would make the next change, as Caio Alexandre looked to take a bit of a knock. Leonard Owusu would replace him in the 77th minute. The Whitecaps would work it around the back looking for an opening in the last 13 minutes of the match. Cavallini would get a good chance in the 79th minute, but his flick was off the mark and out for a corner. Caicedo would send in the corner kick, but it was right to the Keeper. Vancouver would get a gift off the ensuing play, off a turnover from Houston.
Raposo would cause a turnover on Garcia and the ball would fall to Cavallini. He would find Caicedo on the left who walked around the Keeper and made no mistake for his first MLS goal. It was suddenly 2-1 in the 80th minute, and the Whitecaps had their first goal of the season from open play. It was nice to see from Vancouver but was it too little too late for Vancouver?
Houston would get a free kick in the 81st minute, but it was sent long and out of touch. Cavallini would win a foul on Garcia, who was shown a yellow card for his efforts in the 82nd minute. With Vancouver pressing, they left themselves open and Owusu would give the ball away. Urruti would counter quickly and get a shot that was blocked and out for an 84th-minute corner. Brown was able to clear the ball to Baldisimo, who cleared it out for a Houston throw. Urruti would go down on a challenge and made sure to waste as much time as he could on the ground.
Marc Dos Santos would use another Sub bringing on big Canadian Theo Bair for Bruno Gaspar in the 85th minute. It was an all-out attack for Vancouver, who would win a deep free-kick in Houston territory. Raposo would drive it into the front of the box looking for Bair but it was cleared down to Crepeau. Time was running out for Vancouver as we moved into the 89th minute of action. Picault was shown a yellow card for time-wasting before, Raposo would stand over another free-kick but send it too far as Maric and Cavallini came together past the touchline.
The chances would come for the Whitecaps to get that game-tying goal. Caicedo would get a nice pass from Raposo and find him on the overlap. Raposo would get a nice shot away that Maric had to be sharp to fist away. It would come back to Raposo who would win Vancouver a late corner in the 90th Minute. Caicedo would deliver a great ball in looking for Ricketts. Maric was just able to get off his line and punch it out before it came to the Canadian striker.
The 4th official would add an additional 4 minutes for the Whitecaps at Dynamo to tie things up. Pasher would try and spring a counter for the home side by Javain Brown was able to get his leg out and stop things before it got into the box. Tab Ramos would make one final sub in the 3rd minute of added time replacing Urruti with Christian Ramirez. Vancouver would continue to push but wouldn't get a real test on Maric.
Lucas Cavallini would attempt a last chance bicycle kick as the match came to a close, but it was wide and summed up the Whitecaps at Dynamo match. Ganter would blow the whistle on the match as Vancouver would fall for the 3rd straight time.
Post Game Thoughts And Media Whitecaps at Dynamo
3 straight away matches and 3 straight losses for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Marc Dos Santos was a bit optimistic after the latest loss when he addressed media. His thoughts on going into the break on a 3 game losing streak.
"We didn't want to go into the break with three losses in a row, but we wanted to make sure that we got points, we weren't able to do it. In our division, everything's very close to each other. If you look at the standings, the points, from the last one to maybe the fourth, or the third, everything is very close, so there's an assessment to be made, there’s work to be done and it's important during this break to assess everything."
He was asked about the team scoring its first goal of the season from open play, I would prefer to score two goals on set plays today, and maybe get a point or a win, then one goal on open play. "For me, the most important is the goals and not if it's open play or set plays. Every time we play a team that is lower, like Portland, like Colorado, that are more transition-oriented when they win the ball, we struggled to break down opponents. We're trying a lot of things, we're trying to have many guys in different spots on the field."
On his team's place in the MLS Western Conference as we head into the break, "We didn't want to go into the break with three losses in a row, but we wanted to make sure that we got points, we weren't able to do it. In our division, everything's very close to each other. If you look at the standings, the points, from the last one to maybe the fourth, or the third, everything is very close, so there's an assessment to be made, there’s work to be done and it's important during this break to assess everything."
Javain Brown spoke about his first MLS start for the Vancouver Whitecaps and what it meant to him. "I mean it was a great feeling, but it's not the result that I wanted. At the end of the game, I was disappointed. But I realize it’s better for us to make these mistakes earlier in the season than later in the season. We still have a long way to go, we have a lot of assessments to do. The team is really good, it’s just simple mistakes that we made leading to them scoring"
I asked him about his connection with Andy Rose, and how he has helped his development coming into the MLS. and his feisty attitude on the field, and if that was something fans would see in the future.
On his versatility for the squad "As a football player wherever the coach wants you to go, you just have to go there and execute it to the best of your ability. It doesn’t matter where he puts me, with the instruction that he gives me I’m going to go out there and execute it. I’ve played left-back before. When he told me that I was going to play left-back I went back home and watched a couple [of] videos of good left-backs, their movement, their defensive transition, body position, to lead into this game.”
Erik Godoy was up last with a translation from Sebastian who was not needed. He was asked about his thoughts on the match before I asked him about getting his first full 90 minutes of the season. "Disappointed, because we trained hard in the week. We can play like we know. But it depends on us, so we need to keep training hard and play well. I feel good, but my last game [started] was in November. I’m okay, but I need more games to be again at my level.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Another match and another loss for the Vancouver Whitecaps. At least this time we had a Vancouver goal and it was from open play. We also had a bit of fun in post-game media as Sebastian was brought in to Translate for Erik Godoy. After 3 straight losses, how are the fans feeling after this one?
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
While the Whitecaps at Dynamo fell 2-1 they did score a goal from open play! Deiber Caicedo scored his first goal in MLS and first for the Whitecaps in the 80th minute. This was of course The Unnamed Goal Of The Match. Now we just need more of these like Marc Dos Santos said post-game.
The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
Sebastion is a talented writer and has been working with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the past several months. He was brought out to translate for Erik Godoy who didn't really need a translator...
Please don't hate me Seb!
The Unnamed Tweets Of The Match
The Whitecaps fans are always happy to take to Twitter to show me their disappointment. I would much rather have positive tweets but I will take anything tonight. Let's see what you had to say about tonight's 2-1 loss.
This one would come back to haunt #CapsOnTour Kris!
Told yeah! Make sure you interact lots during the match as I want to show how the fans are feeling.
The Sports Talk Line Network And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps at Dynamo fell 2-1 Saturday night despite scoring their first goal from open play this season. It will be some time before the squad can try and redeem themselves. Vancouver won't play again until after the international break on June 18th against Real salt Lake.
If there is any news about the Whitecaps I will make sure to keep you on top of things. Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates. Also be sure to check out The Unnamed Sports Show for one on one interviews with players, coaches, and more. Check out my latest interview with Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster ahead of the Whitecaps at Dynamo.
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