The slow starts that marked the Vancouver Whitecaps bit them yet again, as the team lost their fourth straight game.
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Real Salt Lake are rude owners.
Erik Holt’s 91st minute header on a long throw-in pushed RSL to a 3-1 11th hour Friday win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, who share Rio Tinto Stadium with them this season.
It was a heartbreak for the Caps, who had come back from a lackluster 45-minute opening to push Real in the second half, as Holt’s header beat Max Crepeau at the far post. Damir Kreilach added an insurance goal a minute later, propelling Vancouver to its fourth straight loss.
Brian White scored in his debut for the Whitecaps (2-5-1), while Kreilach scored twice for Salt Lake (3-1-4), who started the game with three straight draws.
The Whitecaps dodged a first ball when Anderson Julio was sent unhindered at Crepeau from the right side, but the goalkeeper of the Caps quickly stormed the line to reduce the angle and muffle the shot.
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A late injury to Cristian Gutierrez left the Caps in a bad mood, with right-backs Jake Nerwinski and Bruno Gaspar both sidelined for the game due to injury. Coach Marc Dos Santos brought in Russell Teibert and Derek Cornelius to try and see the game come to an end, but the throw-in goal left the team chubby.
“What’s disappointing is the way they get the 2-1 (goal). It is a play that we were very aware of. We worked a lot (on this), everyone knew it was coming. We defended a few of them, they failed to break us and get some dangerous shots in the second half, ”said Dos Santos. “When it was 1-1 I felt that, man… we just felt like it might be 2-1 for us. We have to make this game, we have to make this game and we have to defend it. It’s not a goal that they build, or a goal that they break us, they get a touch. We have to be able to erase it. It’s just a game we need to do better.
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The slow starts that marked Vancouver bit them once again.
Kreilach gave Real the advantage just before half-time, his shot deflecting the inside of Andy Rose’s leg to pass a plunging Crepeau.
The Whitecaps have yet to score a first-half goal in eight games this season, being dominated 6-0 by their opponents.
Their only shot on goal in the first half came from a free kick in the 44th minute of the game, a 20-yard pedestrian effort from Deiber Caicedo.
It’s all about service
White opened his Whitecaps account by securing the end of a cross from Javain Brown, turning him into a Real goal – via a defender deflection – to tie the game at 1-1.
The point has been repeated over and over again – Caps forwards need proper serve to score. White’s goal came into the six-yard box, where Lucas Cavallini has just four touches all year – including his only goal in 2021.
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The whole debate during the break was how the Caps would go from training to a 3-5-2 but, instead, Vancouver came out 4-3-3 for the first time this season.
White, who the Caps acquired from the New York Red Bulls for $ 400,000 in general allowance money (GAM) at the end of MLS’s main trading window, started out on top between Caicedo and Cristian Dajome. Janio Bikel, Caio Alexandre and Michael Baldisimo made up the midfield, with a backline from Cristian Gutierrez, Andy Rose, Erik Godoy and Javain Brown.
While the first half was anemic and rambling, the Caps outscored Real 13-2 on aggregate, the first time this season they had the advantage. Vancouver also recorded double-digit assists (12) for the first time in 2021.
Baldisimo, playing number 6, had four tackles, four interceptions and 36 assists for Vancouver, just behind Gutierrez’s 41.
Hard times ahead
Life doesn’t get any easier for the Whitecaps, who host the third-placed LA Galaxy (5-2-0) on Wednesday and visit the unbeaten Seattle Sounders (5-0-3) and leader in the west (5 -0-3) Saturday. The difficulty increases as the pressure mounts on the team to obtain a positive result.