The Vancouver Whitecaps took on the Houston Dynamo for a soporific 0-0 draw.
The Whitecaps opened the game without looking totally awful. Their first half was basically a stalemate with a good chance from Cristian Dájome from a corner.
Dájome and Caicedo did some interesting stuff on the wings, but other than that, not really much happened in open play.
Of course, defensively, the first half was flawless. Houston’s only notable opportunity was a long-range free kick that hit the post. It was a continuation of the strong defensive performance in the second half against LA Galaxy. If the Whitecaps could have that level of defense all the time, they’d barely need to score to win most of the time (though, my god, they’d probably have to get shots inside the penalty area since outside play). At the same time though, one must consider that the Galaxy was without Chicharito and the Dynamo is sinister.
In the second half, the Whitecaps managed to hit their own post, but neither team really seemed to score. Both teams had 1 shot inside the penalty area and Houston had the game’s only shot on target. There’s definitely been some defensive improvement, but Houston is one of the worst teams in the league, so it’s hard to get too excited about that.
Some players seem to have been banished to the Shadow Realm for no immediately obvious reason, it might have been nice to see more of them rotate or substitute sooner. I mean, what can they do worse than score? This is already the case with players who have not lost at MDS Doghouse Roulette this month.
This might be the kind of game that Ryan Gauld could have been the game breaker in. But if you’re counting on a guy, even a guy who’s a really good player and is central to how the team supposedly trying to play, beat one of the last eaters in the league, he doesn’t feel well. That doesn’t say much about the structural integrity of the team as a whole.
The Whitecaps have won 1 in their last 10 games and will next face LAFC, a team they have scored 6 goals against in each of the last 2 seasons. Oh man.