Yes, their offense finally woke up, and yes, the 4-0 result moved them five points clear of FC Dallas (who have a game in hand) for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference (while eliminating Chivas, Portland, and Colorado from postseason contention).
But the Whitecaps should not lose sight of the fact that the win came against the increasingly woeful, last-place Chivas USA, a team with a 7-17-7 record and a -32 goal difference who are clearly playing out the string. (Also on the down side of the ledger for Vancouver: Kenny Miller left the game early, joining fellow striker Darren Mattocks on the injured list.)
First the highlights, then a few Very Sad Facts about the 2012 Goats:
The postgame talk in the Vancouver locker room was all about this being “the performance we’ve been waiting for for a long time,” but let’s curb that enthusiasm with a few nuggets on Chivas USA v. 2012:
• Juan Pablo Angel, 36, is leading the team in scoring—with four goals.
• Juan Agudelo, who joined the team in midseason, is tied with Miller Bolanos and Ryan Smith for the team lead in assists—with three.
• San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski has 22 goals this season. Chivas USA has 21.
• This was Chivas USA’s seventh consecutive loss, and second straight 4-0 defeat.
• FC Dallas, Vancouver’s rival for the fifth playoff berth in the West, shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping pace: they play Chivas on Sunday.