Apr 21, 2012; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; FC Dallas defenseman Carlos Rodriguez (22) heads the ball against Vancouver Whitecaps foward Sebastien Le Toux (7) during the first half at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
The wounds are still fresh from Saturday night's frustrating loss, but it's back to work for FC Dallas today with RSL coming to town in just over 48 hours from now.
Alex Joehl writes for the Dallas Morning News that Dallas couldn't get any late game heroics this time in Vancouver.
“One of the things that we talked about pregame was to isolate one on the flanks and run at people,” said Hyndman. “Brek [Shea]…and [Fabian] Castillo were doing it. With the surface, the slipping, and the amount of goals Vancouver has given up the last couple games, [we thought] they may be suspect for getting beat or giving fouls in the box. Brek did that and Castillo did that, the shots were there, but Joe Cannon did a good job.”
Martin MacMahon notes for MLSSoccer.com that the Caps won on the back of a strong defensive display.Something Schellas Hyndman didn't like all that much.
“I think they’re a much better team, but I don’t like the way they play,” Hyndman said. “I think they’re still very physical. If you remember last year, almost to the date, the MVP of the league is taken out here (in Vancouver) and he’s still not on the field.”
EJ Holland writes that Chris Seitz came up big in the absence of Kevin Hartman who apparently injured his back in practice on Tuesday, and had it flare up on his just before the game.
“It’s disappointing losing on the road, but we have to bounce back. We have a game on Wednesday,” Seitz said. “We just have to get our legs underneath us. We have to keep on grinding, and if we do all the right things, we are going to get goals, and we are going to get wins.”
Real Salt Lake comes to town on Wednesday and they'll be without two major pieces, Fabian Espindola & Jamison Olave. Michael C. Lewis says rebounding won't be easy.
"We just have to move on," defender Chris Wingert said. "Three tough ones on the road, but we knew that coming in. … You can’t think about the two losses or the wins before that or anything else. It’s just one game on Wednesday."
A few days old, but Marc Weber of The Province has a must read feature on Whitecaps Korean defender YP Lee
"The picture from behind is so truthful," he says. "Somebody can control the front. For example, somebody can put on makeup. To see from behind is more honest. I thought, the behind is most important. I want to look honest.
Another old story, but one I had marked to post in a news update. Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press gives us the story of Brian Rowe, the MLS pool goalkeeper, who can be called into action all over the country.
The former UCLA second-team All-American is designated as a "league pool goalkeeper" — available in a short-term situation when the team is experiencing "extreme hardship," due to events like injury or national team call-ups.
And finally, if you haven't read this Grantland article on Fabrice Muamba...well you should.