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#1 by sakura698 , Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:15 pm

When Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson last week compared his new playmaker Pedro Morales to Major League Soccer standouts Diego Valeri and Federico Higuain, he was setting a very high standard for the clubs new Designated Player. Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys . On Saturday, in just 25 minutes of action as a second half substitute, the Chilean midfielder showed exactly why his new manager has such high hopes. On a day when almost everything went right for Vancouver, Morales short but extremely influential performance capped a wonderful afternoon for the Whitecaps as they opened the 2014 season with a 4-1 win against the New York Red Bulls at BC Place. Robinson was quick to dampen expectations for his new look team following the victory, but the rookie head coach couldnt have asked for a better start to his managerial career as his side showed the attacking qualities he wants to be the trademark of his club. "Well be free-spirited and exciting," Robinson said in the buildup to the season opener. "I want players who can lift me to my feet." On Saturday, he certainly got that, as the Whitecaps turned on the style in the second half. Of course its far too early to draw any conclusion about how Vancouver will fare this season based on one result against a New York side that looked poor, but the initial signs are extremely encouraging. Morales started the match on the bench after a hectic travel schedule and only a couple of training sessions with his new team, but it didnt take long for the Whitecaps fans to get a glimpse of the fantastic technical ability their new signing possesses. There were a few fancy touches as well as a superb through ball for Kenny Millers second goal of the game, and then Morales scored himself in the closing stages to complete the rout. It was an impressive debut. It wasnt just Morales. There were quality performances throughout the team. Young Uruguayan Sebastian Fernandez played on the left side of the three attacking midfielders in the Whitecaps 4-2-3-1 formation and was influential throughout. He took his goal beautifully and was a creative spark, but he also worked very hard defensively. Darren Mattocks had one of his best games as a Whitecap. He didnt score, but the Jamaican international finally showed he is capable of playing the lone striker role. He has a point to prove after a disappointing 2013 season, but if his attitude is right, he has all the qualities needed to be a success. Veteran forward Kenny Miller scored twice, the second a lovely chip over the goalkeeper. Like Mattocks, Miller is playing for his future in Vancouver. The Scottish striker wants to stay with the club when his current contract expires this summer. While he wont grab the headlines for his goal-scoring performances, one of the biggest off-season upgrades for the Whitecaps has been the signing of Designated Player Matias Laba from Toronto FC. Described by Robinson as "a destroyer," the young Argentine was superb in breaking up play, protecting the back four and starting moves with excellent vision and distribution. Hes a player who will make the jobs of those around him much easier. Central defenders Jay DeMerit and Andy OBrien will benefit greatly from Labas presence, as will his midfield partner Nigel Reo-Coker who will now be able to get forward more. We saw near the end of the game what Reo-Coker is capable of when he has license to attack, assisting on the goal scored by Morales. Another big strength for the Whitecaps this season will be the depth within the squad. Along with Morales, Saturdays substitutes included attacking options Kekuta Manneh, Erik Hurtado and Nicolas Mezquida, midfielder Gershon Koffie and Honduran international defender Johnny Leveron. "Its important to start off on the right foot," said Robinson. "Its important that I keep pushing them to those standards. We did well, but there are still 33 more games to go." Now as the Whitecaps begin preparing for their first road game of the new season at Chivas USA in California next weekend, Robinson has some interesting decisions ahead. He will want to get Morales into the starting lineup as soon as possible, but after Saturdays performance, it will be difficult to leave anyone out. Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA on Sunday, March 16 is live on CTV BC 2. Kickoff is 4pm PT. Boston Bruins Gear . - Robert Griffin III has a sprained throwing shoulder that limited him in practice Wednesday as the Washington Redskins prepared for their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Stitched Bruins Jerseys .com) - John Wall supplied 24 points and 11 assists in leading the Washington Wizards to a 102-91 win over the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. . Ferrer, the two-time defending champion in Buenos Aires, is aiming to win his 21st ATP tournament. Ferrer will next face fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the fourth seed, who defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (7), 6-3 in another quarterfinal match.Captain John Muldoon says his Connacht side have out-grown old inferiority complexes ahead of their top of the table clash with Leinster on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. Speaking to Sky Sports, Muldoon also stated that Connacht will continue with the game plan that has propelled them to the top of the PRO12, drawing comparisons with Leicester City in the Premiership.It is a bit nosebleed territory, he said. Top of the table clash against Leinster coming up - its certainly something that we are not used to but it is something that players, management and above all else, our supporters - they are in dreamland at the moment. I think in the last four or five years that [inferiority complex] has dwindled away and as its dwindled away weve progressively got better. We might not have the budget that some of the rest of them have but I think thats forced us to be more creative. Connacht captain John Muldoon in action against Cardiff Blues For us to change what we have been doing over the last couple of weeks, it would be very remiss of us to do pull back - were scoring tries; were bloody conceding them as well but thats the way we are doing it and why would we change?The long-serving back-row has endured some tough days playing for the province and admits that more than once he questioned his decision to remain at the club.Id be lying if I said I didnt think about going away, and Id be lying if I came in once or twice after a loss and said right thats me done. Boston Bruins Pro Shop. he said. Absolutely, theres times when I was just in a very low place but ultimately you get dragged back in by that sense of community; by that sense of where you are from and who you are from. Connachts unity and cohesion has helped carry them to the top of the PRO12 And while he admits that theres been an edge to recent training sessions, he joked that he wasnt at the centre of it.Its does get feisty. Thankfully I havent been involved in any of those fights recently. Im probably getting older and a little bit wiser now.Speaking about the development of his leadership role, Muldoon said:I suppose not everyone is going to like you and Ive probably burnt bridges with some fellas here over the years but at the end of the day, you got to do that if you want to get it.I know if you speak to any player or any club, theyve got exactly the same thing and captains will tell you exactly the same thing. Watch Connacht v Leinster live on Sky Sports 2 HD on Saturday from 5pm. Catch the match for £6.99 on NOW TV. No contract. Also See: PRO12 home PRO12 table Fixtures and results Rugby Union on Sky ' ' '

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