Tag Archives: MLS

Why that went in: Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy) vs Real Salt Lake

From tonight’s MLS playoff game… I like this one because it’s a great example of what wide penetration can do to defensive shape. Here’s the video: The first critical thing that happens is that the Galaxy striker, Gyasi Zardes, manages … Continue reading

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Why that went in: Kekuta Manneh’s 2nd vs Seattle Sounders (10/9/2013)

It was a big night for Kekuta Manneh as he scored not just his first professional hat trick but also the Whitecaps first hat trick in the MLS. Interestingly, his second goal has elements that seem similar to his first … Continue reading

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Why that went in: Kekuta Manneh’s 1st vs Sounders (10/9/2013)

As a former centre back I perhaps harshly see almost every goal as being preventable. To that end, I’m going to start regularly selecting some goals and try to analyze why they were scored. Generally I’ll highlight defensive mis-cues but … Continue reading

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Four reasons why the Whitecaps doing so well now

I don’t consider myself a cynic when it comes to the Caps and the MLS in general but I am a critical consumer. I’ve been to more Whitecaps games this season than the past two combined and that’s mainly because … Continue reading

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Whitecaps vs Red Bulls: ridiculous defending on corner

As I’ve mentioned before the best thing that Martin Rennie has done for this team is enable them to compete in tight games and not drop points due to senseless defending that leads to goals being conceded. So often last … Continue reading

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(Updated) Hassli’s goal against Toronto: unstoppable

I was at the game tonight and actually had a great vantage point for Hassli’s (once again) stunning injury time equalizer against Toronto tonight in the Amway Canadian Championship thingy. My immediate reaction was exactly the same as my nine … Continue reading

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Goal analysis: Toronto FC looking like last year’s Whitecaps

The biggest improvement that Martin Rennie has made is reducing totally unnecessary goals against. As a new franchise last year, the Caps did surprisingly well scoring but far too often in tight games were the ones to blink and give … Continue reading

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