Vancouver Whitecaps’ coach Teitur Thordarson’s not-ready-for-prime-time players will go live Saturday when Toronto FC visits for MLS's first all-Canadian match.
"We know we don't have 25 players of MLS quality,” Thordarson conceded after Saturday’s 1-0 exhibition loss to the Colorado Rapids. “We are not worried about that, these guys could quickly adjust to the level.”
Midfielder Jamie Smith beat Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon on a 79th minute pass from Sanna Nyassi to give the defending MLS Cup champions the win at Empire Field.Vancouver midfielder Terry Dunfield had his team’s best chance in the 55th minute, but sent a Russell Teibert rebound over the crossbar. “Our game was okay for 65 minutes,” Thordarson said. “In the end we lose the game on a little mistake and that is what we cannot afford on this level.” Newly acquired striker Eric Hassli, a French import from the Swiss Super League, departed in the 58th minute in favour of Mexican-American rookie Omar Salgado. The 17-year-old was the first pick overall in January’s MLS SuperDraft, but may not be seen in a Whitecaps’ uniform again until he turns 18 in September because of FIFA rules.
The game was played before an invited crowd of about 3,000.