Kenny Miller opened his account as a Vancouver Whitecap Saturday, but the club's late season struggles continued with a third-straight defeat, this time to the Portland Timbers.
The Scottish designated player scored the 1-1 goal in first-half stoppage time before Franck Songo'o scored a 55th minute free kick goal which goalkeeper Joe Cannon appeared to misjudge.
“It was kind of lucky,” Cannon told reporters after the match. “Obviously, a mistake in goal; pretty straight forward. Honestly, it just kind of came and I’ll have to look at the handling again. I was probably a bit too casual on it. I don’t know if I took my eye off it, my grip wasn’t good, but it’s just part of being a goalie.”
Captain Jay DeMerit acknowledged Cannon’s error but stood by his goalkeeper, recalling the 37 year old’s contributions throughout the season.
“It’s hard to put blame on that because sometimes that happens,” DeMerit said. “Unfortunately tonight it did happen and it happened at the wrong time. I thought at that time we were starting to get into the game, keep the ball a little bit more and then all of a sudden it goes in. But, that’s the game we play, sometimes individual errors can cost you.
“We live and die as a team, and lose as a team, and win as a team for that matter. There’s many games where Joe [Cannon] has kept us clean and made some good saves to keep us in games. Unfortunately it didn’t go his way, but we all have to take that hit and not just blame it on him.”
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The defeat marks Vancouver’s third loss in as many games, putting the pressure on with just seven matches to go until the MLS Cup playoffs get underway.
“When you look at the overall performance and the overall game as I did, we didn’t do enough of the things that we wanted to do,” head coach Martin Rennie said. “We didn’t win enough second balls and duels, we didn’t manage to get the ball under control and get it wide, we didn’t get balls in the box as much as we’d like to, we didn’t stop enough crosses coming in from them. So, that’s a lot of things adding up, and if you don’t get those things right, then you’re going to be in a difficult spot.”