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Manneh’s win marks the sixth time a Whitecap has been named POTW

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If you only looked at the season-long list of MLS Players of the Week, you’d assume that the Vancouver Whitecaps were comfortably ahead of the pack in the Western Conference.

On Monday, the North American Soccer Reporters voted Whitecaps’ teenage forward Kekuta Manneh the Player of the Week. It’s the sixth time a Whitecap has got the honour this year — more than any other team in the league.

But the reality is that the Whitecaps go into their final two games of the season — both against the Colorado Rapids — three points adrift of the fifth and final playoff spot.

Manneh is an example of the Whitecaps season. When things go right, boy do they go right. Manneh became the first player in Whitecaps’ MLS history to score a hat trick. And he did so Wednesday in Seattle, during an oh-so-sweet 4-1 demolition of the rival Sounders.

But, it’s what happens in the weeks when a Whitecap doesn’t put in a spectacular performance that have been the problems. And, unless the Whitecaps can get two results against a clever Colorado team, all of those Players of the Week nods will be bittersweet consolation prizes.

How The 11 voted: He’s 18. He has an incredible amount of raw talent. And Manneh gave us a glimpse of just how good he can be. If Manneh continues to evolve as a player, and Camilo is solid as a top striker option, you have to wonder if Darren Mattocks, a first-round draft pick from two years ago, would be best served by being in Vancouver next year or if a loan to FC Edmonton would be in his best interests.

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  1. john anderson

    October 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

    getting mattocks in edm should be a goal for fcedhttps://the11.ca/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

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