Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, Philadelphia Union 0 | 2017 MLS Match Recap
The final game of the season’s opening week ended without any goals.
The game marked the second straight home shutout for the ’Caps, who were coming off of a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in CONCACAF Champions League play on Thursday.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: In what was mostly an underwhelming game, the players who stood out the most may have been the two youngest. For Vancouver, 16-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies looked dazzling on the ball at times. For the Union, 20-year-old Homegrown central midfielder Derrick Jones was outstanding controlling play in his first MLS game.
MORE MLS DEBUTS: Aside from Jones, veteran center back Oguchi Onyewu, central midfielder Haris Medunjanin, striker Jay Simpson and winger Fafa Picault all made their league debuts for the Union. Medunjanin and Onyewu were solid to help slow down Vancouver, but Simpson struggled to do much offensively as the team’s lone striker. In general, considering all the new pieces they inserted into the lineup, Philadelphia will surely be happy taking a road point on the other side of the country.
BENCH POWER: It didn’t lead to a goal, but the Whitecaps helped change the pace of the game by bringing in the dynamic pairing of Fredy Montero and Brek Shea for the final 30 minutes. In the end, though, it was the team’s solid back line that helped the ’Caps get a result, led by a strong performance from Christian Dean as well as former Union players Sheanon Williams and Jordan Harvey. Speaking of debuts, Montero, Shea and Williams were all making their first league appearances for Vancouver.
They Said It
Jim Curtin on Derrick Jones: "My opinion may be biased, but I thought he was the best player on the field for either team."— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) March 6, 2017