It wasn’t supposed to go down this way, the reigning Supporters Shield holders staring up as the clock ticked away on a 4-1 season-opening loss at a Vancouver club that didn’t make the playoffs in 2013.
And while the scoreline looked awful — the Whitecaps lead 4-0 before Bradley Wright-Phillips found a stoppage time marker — New York head coach Mike Petke knows his club had nearly 58 percent of the possession and completed over 120 passes.
“I got it completely wrong. So it comes down to me. My gameplan obviously was wrong. The whole focus was for the first game, the whole preseason and the week leading up. With the result, obviously I got it wrong.”
“What I said to the players is ‘get it out of your head. Go home, reflect a little bit and I will do my best to come up with something better.'”
And even with some roster turnover and a new manager in Vancouver, it could have just be a matchup problem for New York. They’ve never beaten the Whitecaps. Vancouver beat them 2-1 in the teams only match of 2013, in Harrison, N.J, and the teams tied 1-1 thrice between 2011 and 2012.