VANCOUVER – A point is good, but three would have been better.
That was the theme following the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Sunday, as the club let what looked like a victory slip from its hands at the last moment through a cracking 86th minute goal from Jamie Smith, who capitalized on a miscommunication between Alain Rochat and Lee Young-Pyo.
“I think we would like to be four points ahead with four games to go but we’re two points ahead with four games to go and that’s a good position,” head coach Martin Rennie said following the match. “There’s some things we can take away from that game and I think we need to put in a full 90-minute performance but tonight that wasn’t a full 90-minute performance and had it been I think we would have got a better result.
“There are definitely positives there with two good goals and I thought Kenny Miller looked lively and definitely made a difference when he came on.”
Indeed, Miller’s 68th minute curling effort which Matt Pickens just couldn’t get a strong enough hand to was an encouraging connection between the club’s two much maligned Designated Players, as Barry Robson sent the goalscorer through with a penetrating through ball.
“We’re two points ahead with four games to go,” Miller said. “It should have been a lot more, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve managed to get a point and stop that poor run of games and results. If we can build on that in the home games to come and put some wins up on the board I think we’ll be in good shape for the playoffs.”
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After taking the lead through Miller, though, which followed a classy equalizer from Alain Rochat just four minutes previous, the ‘Caps seemed to lose all ambition to attack, defending deeper and deeper as the match wore on.
“We were on top of them coming in on the second half,” Darren Mattocks said. “That’s where we got our two goals. I think if we had kept on pushing, kept on going forward we would have gotten a few more goals.”
Instead of pushing, Vancouver allowed the Rapids a way back into the match, as Rochat and Lee botched what looked to be a simple clearance.
“This is an easy, easy ball that you can just clear,” Rochat said. “I missed it because of – first of all, from the losing streak – all the easy passes, easy control, became hard to do.
“But as well, when you change all the position, the moves are totally different and you need sometimes to adjust, but of course I can [take the blame] on this second goal.”
The ‘Caps go into next weekend’s Cascadia derby with a record of 10-12-8, seeking their first win in seven matches.