Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson has had to settle for single point results a lot during his 2014 Major League Soccer campaign, VWFC has 10 of them entering their final match of July against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night. Including five in their last eight matches, a span that has saw the Caps earn three points just once as they continue to try to fight for a Western Conference playoff spot.
Even more frustrating for Robinson is the fact that the Whitecaps have led during their last four matches, blowing leads that could have earned them valuable footing in the tight West table. That has Robinson fairly frustrated at the moment.
“I am sick of draws to be honest,” Robinson told The Canadian Press before the Whitecaps flew to Chicago noting that he is frustrated not by the draws, but by the fact the Whitecaps have had ample opportunity to win matches . “I’m sick of them because we are so close to winning games.
“I think we should have won more game than we have drawn,” Robinson said bluntly about the Whitecaps habits of turning potential wins into eventual draws. Second in the league in draws and tied for last in the league for losses, the Whitecaps should be higher in the table than they are presently due to their lack of composure in holding onto leads.
Drawing Dallas, Robinson has admitted that having a young club that is low on veteran talent and lacks the big names of some of their rivals in the West Conference has played into their problems in closing out matches. Also admitting that as a young manager there are things he can do as well to learn how to get his players in the right tactics to finish off leads.
“It is young players learning,” said the 37-year-old first-year coach of their struggles. “It’s a young manager learning as well.
Robinson also noted that he felt that in their last match his Whitecaps were placed against a Dallas club that was more than happy with the draw which made it difficult to push for the three points.
“We’ve got penalized for one or two mistakes. Dallas in my eyes didn’t come to win the game. They came to be difficult to beat.”
Playing the Chicago Fire on the road, the Whitecaps will be looking to take advantage of a chance to earn valuable points against a struggling club in Chicago that has manager Frank Yallop on the potential verge of being sacked. With the Fire having 11 draws in 2014, the most in MLS, you may just see another draw however. Something that would likely satisfy neither manager as both the Whitecaps and the Fire will both be hoping for a win to help their playoff chances when the ball gets rolling on Wednesday night.