With the latest transfer window signing in Vancouver, the White Caps have 4 keepers on their roster and a 5th on loan.
The latest man to join the squad as a ball stopper is David Ousted from Denmark, the only keeper on the roster that is from outside North America. Ousted is a welcome addition as he will increase the compete level with the keepers vying for minutes on the field and ideally landing the number one spot in net.
Keeper controversy is nothing new to the Vancouver sports fan, just ask anyone who follows their NHL team, but it is a new scenario for the White Caps faithful. With the current environment the reality is that the Caps will have a is a quality keeper listed 3rd on the depth chart, meaning they will be on the outside looking in when it comes to time on the pitch.
The real questions will start to swirl once Ousted plays his first game and if he performs as anticipated then you will be hearing a lot of questions like, “Who should be the man between the pipes for the rest of the season? Which keeper gives the White Caps their best chance to win? Which keeper is on the way out and what can the team get for him in return?”
That is just a sampling of what is to come and I am sure there will be many more depending on the results and play of each goalie.
Not sure on who you think should be the Caps number one keeper – let’s take a look at the stats:
Joe Cannon started the season between the pipes and still leads the team in every category when looking at league play only. Cannon has a record of 3 Wins, 3 Draws and 4 Losses with a Goals Against Average of 1.40 and a Save Percentage of 74%. Joe is also the lone keeper to post a clean sheet for the White Caps this year. Unfortunately for Cannon the team has only won 30% of the games he has played in despite the team leading league stats. Interesting to note, Cannon has only had 5 winning seasons in his 16 year career in the MLS.
Brad Knighton has started the last 5 league games and played all 4 of the Champions League qualifying games. He has a 2.00 Goals Against Average, a Save Percentage of 55% and has faced the only two penalty kicks conceded by the Caps this season, both resulting in goals. Brad, despite the stats has the results in the win column as he sports a 3 Win, 1 Draw and 1 Loss record in league play and a 2 Win, 2 Draw record in Champions League qualifying matches, thus giving Knighton a 62.5% winning percentage in all contests
David Ousted may not have any stats in the MLS to work with or to draw from for an even comparison but here is what we know of David. Ousted has spent the last 3 seasons with Randers FC of the Danish Superliga where he competed in 103 matches and collected 35 Clean Sheets. He is the same age as Knighton (28) and is equal to Simon Thomas in stature (6’3”, 195lbs).
Simon Thomas is the lone Canadian keeper on the squad, the other Canadian keeper Bryce Alderson is on loan to Charleston Battery. Simon is yet to see any MLS action this year and is unlikely to see anything other than minutes on the reserve team as the White Caps look to continue the development of this young talent.
Martin Rennie has stated that Brad Knighton is the number one keeper at this stage of the season and that Ousted will have to be patient for his first opportunity to show his talents. With that said, it appears that Ousted has a real shot at being the clubs new number one. Knighton needs to keep getting the results to solidify his position on the field and Joe Cannon is looking to be the odd man out in this mix. Only time will tell but at this point it is official, the White Caps have the makings of a goalie controversy on their hands and it should be fun to see how these professionals all push each other to new levels of performance.