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'Win it and we're in' is Whitecaps' new mindset
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch defends the shot by Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh during Saturday scoreless draw at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Beat the reeling Colorado Rapids, who are 0 11 2 in their last 13, at BC Place Stadium on Saturday and the Caps finish fifth and get to play a knockout round playoff game four days later, probably at Real Salt Lake.
They could also advance to post season play with a draw, or horrors! even back in with a loss if the Portland Timbers, who are in Dallas on Saturday, draw or lose.
But that's for negative thinkers and, quite frankly, it would be a huge embarrassment for the Caps if that Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale were to happen.
"Win it and we're in (the playoffs), as simple as that," goalkeeper David Ousted said after earning his MLS high 12th clean sheet of the season Saturday in a mostly unwatchable 0 0 draw against the woeful San Jose Earthquakes.
"It's Cheap Jerseys nice to control our own fate that way. We're looking forward to that game."
The draw, on the heels of three strong wins against Western foes ahead of them in the standings, puts the Caps at 11 8 14, one point up on the 11 9 13 Portland. The Timbers could only draw 0 0 at home Friday to Real Salt Lake, stymied by the brilliant shot stopping of RSL 'keeper Nick Rimando.
As timely as the Caps' four game unbeaten run has been, they could have clinched weeks earlier and been able to rest some key warriors midfielders Pedro Morales and Matias Laba and centre back Andy O'Brien if not for a pair of 3 0 losses wholesale nfl jerseys china to Portland in the past eight weeks.
Those goalless losses and the inability to break down the suspect Earthquakes' cheap jerseys china defence San Jose has allowed a league high 190 shots highlight a nagging weakness, one that no amount of team spirit and Latina singalongs can fix. The Caps still don't score enough.
With just 41 goals in 33 games, they are far and away the lowest scoring of the 10 teams in the two conferences in a playoff position. The top four teams in the West each have at least 52 goals and Los Angeles and Seattle, potential opponents if Vancouver wins a knockout round game, have 67 and 61, respectively.
Despite some strong early pressure at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday as Vancouver sought to break San Jose's will early, the Caps failed to generate a first half shot on target from seven attempts. And they had just one in the second half, a powerful strike from in close by substitute Darren Mattocks that slammed off Jon Busch's chest.
Creative ball distributor Morales wasn't at his best, speedy winger Kekuta Manneh never got untracked and midfielder Mauro wholesale nfl jerseys china Rosales was on the ground more than he was up as he seemed to be a frequent target of San Jose defenders.
"You can't be in sync 90 minutes of a match, you're going to have spells where other teams have possession," said midfielder Russell Teibert. "You look at the first 20 minutes, if we bury a chance, it's a different game from then on in.
"But we didn't. And I think we dealt with it very professionally. I think in years past, we would have come out of here with a loss. We came in here, did our job. And we always knew we were going to have to win our last game."
Now, though, it feels like it has to be a win with substance. It has to be something more than a grind it out, 1 0 win over a bad Colorado team if the Caps are going to go into Utah or, possibly Dallas if the Texas club falters at home to Portland and put a scare into RSL.
"It would be nice to play well (against Colorado) for not only ourselves, but for our fans as well to end off this 2014 season with a performance that shows and speaks to how we've been playing all along and is Cheap NFL Jerseys a testament to how we've grown this season," said Teibert.
The Caps created big expectations early, starting 5 2 6 while Nike NFL Jerseys averaging two goals a game. Then the scoring dried up they've been blanked nine times in 20 games and they won just two of 14 at one stretch. They've had to become a scrappy, battle hardened, defensively solid bunch that hopes it gets a couple of good chances each game on the counter attack.
Take away those two unsettling 3 0 losses to Portland, in which the Caps seemed to be rattled by allowing first goals, and they've given up just five goals in 11 games.
The disruptive work of Teibert and Laba in cutting off passing lanes and winning balls has been crucial, as has the menacing presence of centre back Kendall Waston, who will return Saturday after a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Ousted, as his 12 shutouts attest, has also put together a solid season.
"I said at the beginning of the season, I felt really ready for it," cheap nfl jerseys china said the big Dane. "I felt I was in good shape, worked hard in the off season and wanted to prove myself. I think I did.
"But I'm not done yet and we're not done yet as a team. Hopefully, we can continue."THE SKINNY
Skinny is an appropriate title because this 0 0 draw that was about as gaunt as devoid of meat on the bones as a runway model. The Whitecaps had some early pressure, hoping to break the will of the winless in 13 'Quakes, but never got an actual shot on target until Darren Mattocks' 75th minute chance from in tight that was stopped by San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch. The nothing to lose 'Quakes pushed forward in the second half, hoping to cap their seven seasons at antiquated, 10,500 seat Buck Shaw Stadium, but they got no clear opportunities as the Caps' backline frequently cut off and cleared crosses into the box. "It definitely wasn't pretty . not the best game to watch I can imagine, but it was so important that we got the point," said goalkeeper David Ousted. "We control our own destiny."
KOFFIE BACK
Caps' midfielder Gershon Koffie, who was enjoying a fine season until spraining a ligament in his right foot nine weeks ago, finally got back onto the pitch Saturday, playing 27 minutes in relief of a tiring Matias Laba, who was one yellow card away from a one game suspension. "It's a win win," said head coach Carl Robinson. "We get a valuable point and we get Gershon some minutes." Koffie said it was a difficult game to come into, particularly with the 'Quakes having nothing to lose and it took him a few minutes to get his feet under him. Russell Teibert has filled in admirably for Koffie and it will be interesting to see how Robinson deploys the Ghanian on Saturday. "(Russell) has been fantastic," said Koffie. "He's doing exactly what I would do and . as long as the team is getting the results, I'm good."