The Vancouver Whitecaps were unfortunate to concede the goals they did against FC Dallas on Saturday night, but acknowledged that their overall performance wasn’t up to snuff.
That was the general feedback from players and coach following a 2-0 defeat on the road that came as a result of a Brad Rusin own goal and a Blas Perez headed goal which followed a deflection off Lee Young-Pyo.
“We were poor tonight,” head coach Martin Rennie told reporters after the match. “That’s one of the first games this season I could really say that. We’ve been performing well, but tonight wasn’t a good night for us. And on top of that I thought FC Dallas played very well. They’re on a good run and they took advantage of our poor play.”
This latest result means Vancouver is now winless in its last five games after winning its first two matches to start the season.
It continues Rennie’s poor road record with the club, in which he has just three wins from 21 attempts – and that’s something goalkeeper Joe Cannon was adamant must turn around sooner rather than later.
“The road concerns – obviously it’s something that we need to work on,” Cannon said of the club’s horrendous road record. “It’s pretty glaring. But in all honesty, in this league, you just have to make sure you finish strong. For us, we can’t worry about results right now. We have to figure out what the heck has gone wrong with us – why aren’t we getting these results?
“Whatever we’re doing, it’s not working.”
One thing the Whitecaps can take solace in is the fact they’ll have an instant chance at redemption next weekend, as they host Dallas at BC Place, following their midweek Amway Canadian Championship clash with FC Edmonton.
“That’s the positive,” Rennie said. “We get the chance to put it right. We play FC Dallas again next week and we have to put together a much better performance. We need to really show up for the game next week. This was a night when not really anybody played well. Hardly anybody could come away saying they had a good performance tonight.”