So it was a battle of two teams set up identically. Robinson copied the KC setup a few games back when we went into Portland and has continued with the 4-1-4-1 ever since. This has led to a strong defensive structure but has limited the impact of Freddy Montero noticeably.
Vermes on the other hand, uses this set up as their away tactic as it simply allows that team time to develop their presence without needing to exert offensively. But this has led them to an even away record.
The Whitecaps played earlier on with a Laba + in the middle, this enabled the 4-2-3-1 which was more attack minded. The 4-1-4-1 with defensive minded players certainly aims to lock down the defense, but it greatly diminishes the attack.
This formation will result in the isolated attacker as there is no effective creative player on the roster. We can throw in Bolaños but he’s never been the type to arm and create the attack. We look forward to Jordy Reyna from his brief cameo in the preseason, but that is really unknown and not for a while yet.
So the present of the Whitecaps lies in defense, not in attack.
Let’s hope we see the midfield push to contribute even the scrappy goals because Montero wil be isolated from now on.