Soccer, or football as the purists refer to it, is truly the Beautiful Game. There is a lot to be said for the skill level that is put on display by the world’s greatest players and that skill percolates to many levels of soccer, including the MLS here in North America.
However, there comes a time in the evolution of a club, in this case the Vancouver Whitecaps, that excuses have to come to an end and performance and execution are what the team speaks of when it comes to results.
In their 1-Nil loss to Colorado on Saturday evening in the Mile High State, the Whitecaps, rightly or wrongly, were denied an equalizing goal after what many of the Caps and those of their fans watching on television referred to as a soft call by the referee.
This newsflash just in soccer fans, soft calls and soccer go hand in hand. There are soft calls in soccer because the referees are subject to the embellishment that goes on in the game and it is the one thing that denies soccer from being the greatest sport in the world. The simulation and the efforts to fool the officials are downright shameful, and the referees don’t know half the time what is real and what is pretend anymore.
That aside, you need more than one true chance to score, so the Whitecaps have only themselves to blame for that.
The biggest problem I have after this loss is the Caps lamenting their lost opportunities because of the official, with the most egregious offender from all reports offered being the Head Coach Carl Robinson.
The officials do not determine the outcome of the game, and dithering about it afterwards gives your team the excuse it needs not to get the breaks next time out.
The Whitecaps must focus on the ‘what is’, not the ‘what isn’t’. Only then will this team find the next level of success because you make your own bed in sports, you don’t rely on the officials to make it for you.