Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted has said that he has to take some of the blame for the 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of FC Dallas. The team was looking to build on the 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes that finally brought relief to the club, but this defeat means that the team is in danger of slipping out of the play-offs at the final leg. Vancouver currently occupy the final position that gives entry into the play-offs. They have only a single point advantage over Portland Timbers in the sixth place. Speaking after the defeat against Dallas, Ousted says that he is partly to blame for this result.
The club has had a tradition of conceding spectacular goals during the month of September and it has proven to be no different this time around. Jair Benitez’s outrageous attempt last season from inside the halfway line was not expected to go through, but it still stunned the entire home crowd. Many were left blaming Ousted for this goal. This time around, it was a much less awe-inspiring attempt from Blas Perez that flew into the net. The fact that it was from an improbable angle made it more special, but Ousted says that he could have done better to stop it.
“The first one is a fluke. [Perez] tries to hit a cross that suddenly swerves on me and goes in on a dime and a button. I’m annoyed with that. I could have moved my feet more and maybe gotten to that, but I think I reacted well afterward, some good saves. The second goal is on my shoulders. I shouldn’t have gone out there. [Perez] gets an easy tap-in. I should have stayed on my line. I tried to come out and help the guys, but it was too low for me,” said Ousted.