Whitecaps' woes continue

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps' slump worsened Saturday when they lost 2-0 to the Montreal Impact, raising the possibility that the defending USL First Division champs could miss the playoffs.

The 7-7-10, seventh-place 'Caps have gone half the 2007 season without a victory. They have scored only seven times during the 0-5-7 slide, recording just seven of a possible 36 points. The 'Caps have four games left - all at home - and need to finish in the top eight to prolong their season.

"We are judged on results, people are going to be down on us," said head coach Bob Lilley. "I'm very confident we're going to make the playoffs."

Saturday marked the return of Joey Gjertsen and David Testo. They went to Montreal in July's blockbuster trade for Surrey's Alen Marcina and Brazilian Ze Roberto. Gjertsen was indirectly involved in the second goal: His substitute Matt Palleschi beat Richard Goddard.

"Me and Dave are comfortable playing with the new team," said Gjertsen, 2006's league MVP. "We're just having fun, that's our fourth win in five games, all is well for us."

Gjertsen has four assists while Testo has a goal for Montreal.

Marcina has scored once and Roberto has yet to register a point for Vancouver. The offensive drought doesn't end there. Josh Hansen, a late July acquisition from the California Victory, left his scoring touch in San Francisco.

Leading scorer Eduardo Sebrango (ankle) has missed half the season and 2005 league MVP Jason Jordan has only a goal and an assist in his comeback from turf toe. Vancouver's only two goals in the last four games were from the unlikely Alfredo Valente.

"It's definitely a tough thing they're going through," said Gjertsen. "I feel for them."

The Charleston Battery visits Aug. 25. 


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