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  1. The Good: Russell Teibert and Matias Laba There were a couple options for the 'good' portion of this article. The play of Andy O'Brien and Kendall Waston, the guts that Kekuta Manneh showed or the great support from the Whitecaps fans down in Seattle. In the end the great play of Laba and Teibert shutting down the defensive midfield attack is the one for me. They played well off one another and killed any build up Dempsey tried to make. In the past 10 games of this partnership they have bonded and formed a great duo. This has given the Whitecaps a chance to have Gershon Koffie heal properly and not have to rush him back. The Average: Erik Hurtado's Hold Up Play I know that isn't his game to play a hold up striker type of position, but if you are in a critical game and up a goal with 15-20 minutes to go, you need to keep the ball in the Sounders side of the pitch and kill the clock. Too often the ball would go into his feet with his back to the keeper and he would lose it right away. He didnt have a soft enough touch to keep the ball at his feet and get the ball out wide so an attacking player could run it to the end line. It's too late to change anything this season but it would be nice to see a player like that next season. Kind of like what Kenny Miller would do when he was here. The Bad: Kendall Waston's Yellow Card Accumulation 9 MLS games and 5 yellow cards. That has to be close to some sort of record for a new player to a league. Over the course of a 34 game full season that would be 18 yellow cards on current going. That being said there is no way I would want him to change the way he plays. Even after picking up his yellow card this game he played the best 15 minutes any Whitecaps defender has ever played in the MLS era. So Waston keep up the great play and just make sure the games you do miss because of yellow cards you rest up and get ready for the next battle.
  2. The Good: David Ousted Clean Sheet Only his fifth clean sheet of the season. Three of them have been 0-0 draws. After blowing leads in the past three games it was about time the Whitecaps, as a team, were able to keep their opponents from scoring. The Chicago Fire had there chances but Ousted was up to the challenge to keep the Whitecaps in the game. The Average: Carlyle Mitchell After last game, just by him showing up he played a better game. He was a lot more careful when the ball came to him and relied more on Ousted and the other defenders. He was 500 times better in the air and clearing the ball out of the box. Many supporters where surprised he got the start after last game and a lot of people were calling on Andy O'Brien to get the nod. Was a great rebound game for the T&T defender and hopefully he can build off it moving forward. The Bad: Dropping Points July record of 1W 1L 4D. 8 points dropped in the last four games. These points lost could be huge at the end of the season. Just hope a playoff spot and/or Canadian Champions League spot aren't lost out on because of these runs of four games. With the schedule that is coming up the games are going to just be tougher and tougher. The playoff chances right now are slim to almost no chance at all unless they can run off four to six games and pick up crucial points.
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