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Breaking down the Whitecaps pre-season opener

Written on January 30, 2013 at 12:07, by HTTN

Three takeaways from Vancouver’s win

-by Chris Vales

In their first pre-season match of the season, Darren Mattocks scored a hat trick, leading the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

After scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes, the Whitecaps FC shifted down a gear for the rest of the game. There were defensive breakdowns and there were things to work on but overall it was a great start to the preseason.

New England had many chances to come back, but they weren’t quality chances as they missed the net 10 times and didn’t score on five corners.

Three takeaways from the game:

1. Mattocks is a force to be reckoned with – We saw moments of brilliance last season and if Kekuta Manneh can keep up we will be celebrating many goals from the duo.

2. Manneh could be rookie of the year – Kekuta Manneh, the 4th overall pick in this year’s draft, played a great game and we could see his raw fire and passion. It’s reminiscent of how Mattocks burst onto the scene last year.

3. Rusin’s foul troubles – Newcomer Brad Rusin, who has been touted as a powerful defender made a costly mistake with a tackle leading to a penalty. If he’s not smart, he could get into foul trouble like Martin Bonjour did last year.

The Whitecaps FC will head to Tucson, Arizona to face the Houston Dynamo this Saturday. If you’d like to watch, the match will be streamed on www.whitecapsfc.com.