Vancouver Whitecaps versus Houston
It’s game day, which means no time for preambles or prevaricating.
With time’s winged chariot against us we must, as the Immortal Bard of Stratford upon Avon so pithily pronounced via the medium of his ill fated Danish Prince, regard brevity as the soul of wit and dispense with the customary verbosity and, with one watchful eye on the constantly clicking second hand that marks our time on this earth with ne’er a pause nor a care for our all too insignificant woes, proceed directly to consider the Vancouver Whitecaps game against Houston at BC Place today.
Will the midfield link up with the rest of the team? The absence of Nigel Reo Coker (he fell over a bike rack) should mean that Gershon Koffie gets the chance to start. Koffie has yet to prove that he is a genuine box to box midfielder and his presence alongside Laba could mean the Whitecaps are left with two defensive minded players in an area of the pitch where they have frequently needed more men forward. If Koffie can play further up the field and provide genuine support for Morales then Vancouver should look more like the team from game one than they have in their last two road games.
Fernandez and Te ugg shoes ibert to start? Fernandez looked great in the opener but has struggled in the last two games in which he has essentially transformed into a ugg shoes Uruguayan Russell Teibert; a decent amount of work rate but a lack of any genuine creativity. Maybe at home he’ll find the freedom to express himself again but he’ll likely be on a short leash before Carl Robinson looks to make a change.
Teibert’s leash should probably be shorter, but at least the coach knows what he is getting with the young Canadian and if Robinson selects him to start then it’s likely he’ll see out the full ninety minutes.
The back four? The odds are that DeMerit will return after being rested for the New England game but whether he deserves that recall is open to debate (and that debate would conclude that he doesn’t). DeMerit has been caught making rash challenges all too often in this new season and, if that continues, the team will ultimately pay the price. Leveron and O’Brien did fine after an initial wobble last week, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if either one of them started alongside their club Captain.
A quick start? The mark of every game so far has been that the Whitecaps have been slow out of the gates ugg shoes . Houston have ugg shoes won their first two games of the season and will be confident enough to take advantage of any early signs of weakness. Carl Robinson needs to find a way to get his team up to speed from the first whistle (tell them to “start playing from the first whistle” would be my advice on how to achieve that).
Will Mattocks keep his place? He deserves to given his performances so far, but he may find himself the odd man out if Morales were to start. His best chance would probably come if either Fernandez and Teibert were left out, but let’s hope he isn’t played wide on the wing again because that nullifies the good things he has achieved so far in terms of holding the ball up and linking in other players.