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#1 von jinshuiqian0713 , 28.09.2019 05:48

The Vancouver Whitecaps continued to struggle in front of goal on Saturday, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home against DC United. It was the fourth consecutive game in which the Whitecaps have failed to find the back of the net. THE FORMATIONS In an effort to boost his teams attack, Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson opted for a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield. Sebastian Fernandez moved up front to partner Darren Mattocks, while Ethen Sampson made his debut at right-back in place of the injured Steven Beitashour. DC United made one change to the 4-4-1-1 formation they employed to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 last week. David Estrada came in on the left of midfield for the injured Chris Rolfe. THE GAME The words of my former manager at Ipswich, Joe Royle, rang true on Saturday night at BC Place. He once told me, “A team is only ever as good as its strikers.” Little did he know, he could have been speaking about the 2014 version of the Vancouver Whitecaps. If Vancouver misses out on the playoffs this year, it will be because they have failed to address their greatest need – they do not have a reliable goal scorer in their squad. Camilo scored 22 goals for the Whitecaps last season before leaving for Mexican side Queretaro in the offseason. He felt underappreciated (and underpaid) by the Whitecaps and, regardless of what one thinks about how he engineered his move out of Vancouver, it is a black mark on the clubs front office that they allowed their star player to become so disenfranchised. Vancouver is paying for that mistake right now. The team is creating plenty of chances for its front men to convert, they just lack a goal scorer to finish them. Darren Mattocks had a number of chances - including the best of the game in the first half - but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. One shudders to think where the Whitecaps would be right now if they had Camilo leading the line rather than Mattocks or Erik Hurtado, the only Whitecaps strikers to find the back of the net with any regularity this season. Mattocks and Hurtado have each played in 22 games this season, but have only managed to score six and four goals respectively. The opening half saw a concerted effort from the Whitecaps to play a high-tempo game. The front five – including Russell Teibert and Mauro Rosales flanking Pedro Morales in midfield – were quick in transition and relentless in their pressure on the DC United back line. But for all their territorial possession and pressure, the Whitecaps were toothless where it mattered most, in front of goal. Kendall Waston should have scored after he got on the end of a Morales free kick in the first half, but Wastons header glanced wide of the post. Likewise, Jordan Harvey had a header in the second half fly past the near post after good work down the left side from the Whitecaps. The visitors made life difficult for Vancouver and, while it wasnt DCs most attractive performance of the season, they did what they had to do to pick up another point on their march to the playoffs. It has been a remarkable turnaround for head coach Ben Olsens side, as they have already picked up 31 more points than they did in all of last season. Olsens primary front men – Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva and Eddie Johnson – have scored 22 goals among them, which is quite a contrast to the production from the Whitecaps strikers. THE GOOD The Whitecaps kept another clean sheet, their eighth of the season. The back four looked in control for most of the game and Ethen Sampson did some excellent one-on-one defending before being replaced in the second half with cramp. Teibert, Morales and Rosales dictated the tempo of the game in the first half before fading in the second. This can be put down, in part, to DCs approach to the second half. The visitors were happy to slow the game down at every opportunity, as they knew that it would only take one chance for their front men, Espindola and Silva, to win them the game. Fortunately for Vancouver, DC were restricted to speculative efforts from distance. THE BAD There is a simple explanation for Vancouvers inability to score in the last four games: their strikers are not good enough. Mattocks and Hurtado are not the answer if the club is going to compete for a playoff place in the Western Conference on a yearly basis. They are too inconsistent and fail to do too much of the work that is required from the strikers in Carl Robinsons team. Vancouver must address this shortcoming in the transfer window at the end of the season. If they dont, Whitecaps fans will be biting their fingernails every year when it comes down to the playoff race. THE STAR MAN Kendall Waston was excellent for Vancouver. He won every challenge he made, both in the air and on the ground. He was tidy in possession of the ball, and nearly scored for the Whitecaps in the first half. More performances like this one from the Costa Rican, and Whitecaps fans can expect more clean sheets to come. Discount Fake NBA Jerseys .That means, of course, that John Wall beat the Spurs for the first time ever — within weeks of his first wins in head-to-head games against nemeses Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. Fake NBA Jerseys Online . DArnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catchers seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win. -- Phil Jackson lost out on his preferred coach, but hes working hard on keeping his star player. Fake NBA Jerseys China .J. Fair didnt have many chances to be the main option for Syracuse last season. Fake NBA Jerseys Sale . The 19-year-old from Westmount, Que., was edged 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 by third-seeded Alize Cornet of France. Cornet broke Bouchard twice in the last set and saved six break points in the three-hour match. NEW YORK -- If Martin St. Louis wasnt a fan favourite during his first two months with the New York Rangers, he certainly became one during a very emotional weekend. St. Louis came to New York in March in a deal in which popular team captain Ryan Callahan was shipped to Tampa Bay. When he didnt light up the scoreboard right away, the Madison Square Garden crowd was slow to warm to him. That all changed Sunday night. Three days after the sudden death of his mother, St. Louis scored 3:34 in, and the Rangers avoided elimination for the second straight game by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Tuesday in Pittsburgh. New York advanced in the first round with a Game 7 win over Philadelphia. St. Louis rejoined his teammates for Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday, after a quick trip to Montreal to be with his family. That dedication inspired his teammates during a 5-1 win and carried over to Sunday. "Its probably one of the cooler things Ive been a part of in my professional career," said Derek Stepan, who earned the first assist on St. Louis goal. "The emotion on that goal is something that I will never forget." Fans were already chanting "Mar-ty, Mar-ty" on his first shift. The cheers got louder after he scored. St. Louis, the first star of the game, patted his heart when he came out to an ovation from the crowd. "Mothers Day, my dad is here, my sister is here," St. Louis said. "Its been a tough time for my whole family. To be able to get the lead in the first period, it was a good one." But not the prettiest of goals. St. Louis got in good position in front of the net. Stepan swiped at the puck in traffic and knocked it off St. Louis right leg and into the net. "I got a pretty good bounce," St. Louis said. "I know (my mother) helped me through this. Its a great win by the guys." Carl Hagelin pushed the Rangers lead to 2-0 just 2:51 later, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots to keep Pittsburgh at bay. Derick Brassard made it 3-1 in the second period. Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who got 26 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins, who led the series 3-1, failed in their first attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-1 home loss on Friday. Now the pressure has shifted to them, and frustration is showing. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby took a penalty at the end of the second period that gave the Rangers a power play to start the third. Several scrums also broke out -- including one after the final buzzer. "With a minute left in the game, emotions run high," Crosby said. "I dont think thats why we lost. We put ourselves in a bad position eearly.dddddddddddd We fought hard and tried to get back, but you cant continue to do that in the playoffs. You cant start like that." The team that has scored first has won every game. Under coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins are 1-7 at home when having a chance to clinch a series. Overall, the Penguins are 2-6 in Game 7s in Pittsburgh. On the flip side, the Rangers are 9-2 in their past 11 games when facing elimination, dating to Game 6 of the first round in 2012 at Ottawa. New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1 and has never beaten the Penguins in the playoffs. Buoyed by another early lead, the Rangers pressed for more, and got it on Hagelins unassisted goal at 6:25. Hagelins initial shot attempt from the left-wing boards was blocked by defenceman Rob Scuderi. Hagelin got to the loose puck in the centre of the left circle and sent a hard backhand sailing past Fleury for his fourth of the post-season. Bylsma burned his lone timeout to try to calm his team that was being outshot 7-2. Pittsburgh reversed that trend and cut its deficit in half before the end of the first. The Penguins started to gain momentum after they killed a roughing penalty against Jussi Jokinen and then received their first power play after Chris Kreider knocked down Jokinen at the edge of the crease with 8:40 left in the period. New York had built its shots edge to 12-3, but then helped the Penguins make the score 2-1. Sutter flung the puck toward the net, and it appeared to hit Rangers defenceman John Moore and then bounce in off the foot of defenceman Kevin Klein near the left post with 3:04 left. Lundqvist was clearly agitated by the late goal by Pittsburgh, which led 15-14 in shots in the first period. The teams both had chances in the middle period, and neither could connect on a pair of power plays. Pittsburgh twice challenged Lundqvist with short-handed breakaways, and the Rangers had a goal waved off at 5:55 when Kreider was called for goalie interference after he was shoved from behind into Fleury by Kris Letang. The Rangers made it 3-1 with 4:30 remaining in the period -- 25 seconds after Mats Zuccarello finished serving a tripping penalty. Brassard lunged, knocked the puck out of the air, and scored his third goal in two games and fourth in the series. Benoit Pouliot earned an assist, giving the line of Pouliot, Brassard, and Zuccarello 12 goals and 15 assists in 10 games -- regular season and playoffs -- against Pittsburgh. NOTES: The Penguins dropped to 9-3 at the Garden in the playoffs and 15-15 overall in Game 6s. ... Lundqvist made his 79th consecutive playoff start, tying Fleury for third place on the NHL list among goalies with one team. ... The Rangers were 0 for 6 on the power play. Pittsburgh was 0 for 4. ' ' '

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