Yes, the beautiful game still gets played when the sky opens up. I just don’t suggest wearing denim if you’re going to sit and watch a match. It gets very cold. Quickly.

Empire Field

A Dark and Stormy Night – courtesy of Matt Boulton

But I’m hardcore.

Having benefited from the weather control machine the Whitecaps FC picked up during the MLS Super Draft, last night was the first night those of us sitting beyond the short reaches of the touchline canopy had the pleasure of enjoying precipitation. And although I had taken steps to stay warm in the rain, it provided for a cold evening. At least I had the foresight to bring a towel to dry off my seat.

What about the product on the field you ask? Well… lets just say that chemistry was not made with the introduction of H2O. I understand that the team is still trying to figure each other out. Being an expansion team is tough. And as such, I’ll cut them a fair amount of slack. But what I find tough is one specific thing.

I can’t stand the fact that Camilo goes to ground so easy.

After providing such a stellar effort in the second game, it seems he’s now busier looking to get the free kick than he is at fighting through some of the challenges he faces. In fact, I swear that Camilo gives up at least two or three goal scoring opportunities looking for the referee to give him a call. Don’t get me wrong – he’s a great player who exudes skill. But a great player dripping with skill that goes unused is nothing more than just a bit player in an eleven piece puzzle.

Beyond that, all things considered I’ve been happy with most results this season and maybe my frustration is just weather related.

Heck, I’m still trying to dry out and warm up.