September 30, 2022
Report Card: Whitecaps Win on Pens

The Vancouver Whitecaps were able to pull out a penalty kick win in the Canadian Championship against Cavalry. Vancouver was not quite as dominant as you would have hoped but an honest assessment of the chances both teams created can only lead one to conclude that the team which deserved to go through did. So let’s look at how individual players got on.

Cropper was beaten by a pretty unstoppable shot and then was the hero in the shootout. He had to be aware to not get beaten directly off a corner in the first half. All together a perfectly fine performance

Gutierrez was credited with 7 key passes in this game. True, a lot of those were corners but he just looks so dangerous going forward in a wing-back role. He basically guarantees at least one Lucas Cavallini header in the 6-yard box per game and eventually, one of those is going to result in a goal. Defensively he was basically fine.

I thought he was fine. He remains not that suited to a box-to-box role but he did a decent job of progressing the ball. No major giveaways come to mind and I would not say he was ever particularly exposed defensively.

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