One of the more impressive performances of the weekend was overlooked because of bigger, higher profile events like the US Open golf tourney and the Canadian women’s soccer teams’ triumph over the Swiss.
First a bit of back tracking. At the end of the last MLS season I sent a note to longtime Whitecaps employee and media liaison Nathan Vanstone. Basically I had never remembered seeing Vancouver goalie David Ousted stop a penalty kick since arriving here from Denmark in 2013.
And it was true. At the time he was zero for eight in stopping the shooter from a dozen yards away. For some reason, I don’t know why, I thought if he was such a great ‘keeper he should be able to stop the odd attempt from the spot.
Saturday night in Harrison, New Jersey, The Great Dane who was feeling ill prior to kickoff and was questionable to start the game versus New York Red Bulls came up trumps twice, stopping Bradley Wright-Phillips in the fifth minute and again an hour later from 12 yards away.
It seems like in most matches he makes a timely save late (like in Saturdays 2-1 win), to either preserve a lead, or keep the Caps hopes alive in a match.
He might be the best goalkeeper in MLS. He has made the Major League Soccer starting 11 twice this season and he has won save of the week once and been nominated on five occasions.
His durability has been impassive with 65 straight starts between the sticks, as it is impossible to oust Ousted from in front of the onion bag.
He deserves to be the number one keeper at the All-Star game, but fans or media don’t tend to acknowledge a team on the west coast, especially in Canada.
One of the Canucks Swedish net minders might get traded in the coming days, but the other Scandinavian stopper in this city is staying put.