The Vancouver Whitecaps got here in to Saturday’s match with speak of displaying their evolution from being a “good crew” to a “superb crew.”
As an alternative, Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini stated the ensuing 2-2 draw with D.C. United confirmed they’d missed that chance.
“I feel at present we’ve been a superb crew. We’ve not been an excellent crew. An excellent crew would have received at present, as a result of they might need to win,” he stated after the match.
The Main League Soccer contest between the Whitecaps (11-10-10) and D.C. United (9-10-13) featured defensive miscues and shut probabilities cancelling one another out, because the chase for a playoff berth intensified.
“While you take a look at the objectives we conceded … in a way they’re self-inflicted objectives,” stated striker Brian White.
Vancouver sits sixth within the Western Convention standings and will clinch a playoff spot in its subsequent residence sport if the Whitecaps win and Minnesota United FC and L.A. Galaxy each fail to win.
The Whitecaps thought they’d sealed the win when White was introduced down within the field, with a penalty awarded after video evaluation within the 57th minute.
Ryan Gauld stepped up and cooly dispatched the spot choose for Vancouver to as soon as once more take the lead within the tight match.
However D.C. caught a fortunate break as Mateusz Klich took a speculative shot, with a deflection off defender Tristan Blackmon diverting it past a diving Yohei Takaoka.
“We created probabilities. We had one million probabilities in entrance of the aim. Sadly, we’ve been a bit of gentle once more. We mainly gave away a aim prefer it was a present. And the second aim additionally,” stated Sartini.
“I take advantage of identical time period that they utilized in Salt Lake — we’ve been gentle. And guys, in case you’re gentle like this, it’s onerous to win playoff video games and this at present was a playoff sport.”
The White and Gauld mixture struck early, as Richie Laryea broke down the left wing along with his blocked cross discovering an open Gauld who chipped it to the far publish for White to nod residence his 14th league aim of the season within the second minute.
“They’re doing very nicely,” stated Sartini concerning the duo who’ve scored a mixed 25 objectives in regular-season play.
“And they should proceed doing very nicely as a result of we’d like them. Once more, the crew is inbuilt a approach now that every part goes towards them within the closing third. And to not put them beneath strain, however they’re the blokes which have extra probabilities and we rely closely on them.”
D.C. United struck again to tie the sport at 1-1 within the first half on a defensive mishap from Vancouver within the eleventh minute. Takaoka panicked beneath strain along with his weak cross out meant for defender Blackmon shedding out to Ted Ku-DiPietro. The United participant slid a cross throughout to an open Christian Benteke who rolled it calmly into the online.
“We’re not clearing what we have to clear, we’re not alert after we should be alert and it’s costing us factors. It’s from the highest to the underside and it’s one thing we have to tackle as this season goes on and we get near the playoffs. It’s vital that we repair that,” stated White.
Vancouver hosts Western Convention-leading St. Louis Metropolis S.C. on Wednesday, whereas D.C. United heads to Texas to tackle Austin F.C.