The Vancouver Whitecaps moved to the top of the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings with a 2-0 win over LA Galaxy on Saturday and centre-back Kendall Waston put in a dominant display to take this week’s MLSGB Player of the Week award.
It’s the second week in a row that a centre-back has been named as our Player of the Week, following Ike Opara last week and Waston was incredibly solid at the back for the Whitecaps during Saturday’s key win against the Galaxy.
The Costa Rican defender helped his team to their third clean sheet in four games as they won their fourth on the bounce against the reigning MLS Cup champions at BC Place – their best ever win streak as an MLS franchise.
Octavio Rivero and Kekuta Manneh may have scored the goals but the defensive resilience, led by Waston, was just as important.
Waston made two tackles, with nine interceptions, eleven clearances and one block to keep Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes at bay – one of the best attacking partnerships in the league.
He also showed his aerial superiority by winning seven headers in a hugely impressive display.
The only fault in his performance was his passing accuracy. Waston completed just 60% of his 33 passes – the lowest percentage of any Vancouver player on the night.
The 27-year-old defender will now be preparing for two games in four days as the Whitecaps host the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night before travelling to San Jose next weekend.
He has played every minute of all five games for the Whitecaps so far this season and has become an integral part of the side since joining from Deportivo Saprissa last August.
How impressed were you with Kendall Waston’s display this weekend? Did he deserve to be our Player of the Week?