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(VIDEO) Caps coach Carl Robinson praises team's performance against Toronto
Caps head coach Carl Robinson was all smiles and praise for his young Vancouver squad, after a shootout loss to Toronto in the semifinal of the Amway Canadian Championship.
"Brilliant," he called the performance, a 2-1 win that levelled the Caps with FC and sent the two-game match to extras. "How can I be disappointed with a performance like that?
"I keep saying I'm proud of them, but what a performance that is. We won the game today. Obviously we lost the Cup tie, but we won the game."
(See the recap and Robinson's thoughts on WhitecapsFC.com)
Robinson started a young squad for the Caps, with 17-year-old keeper Marco Carducci playing behind 23-year-old Erik Hurtado and 19-year-old Kekuta Manneh, and Robinson gave the captain's armband to the Caps' anointed future skipper, Russell Teibert.
"We dug ourselves a little hole," the coach said, referencing Toronto's early 1-0 lead, which FC took just four minutes into the match. "But we didn't give up and we kept fighting and creating chances."
Toronto entered Wednesday night's game at BC Place up 2-1 on aggregate. The Caps fought back to score last night's go-ahead in the 86th minute, a penalty kick from Pedro Morales.
Robinson did let up a little in his post-game interview, however, saying the only disappointment he had with Thursday's loss/win was that the Caps didn't make it 3-1 late.
"When we got the 2-1 lead goal, we had too much answers then in normal time to win the game," Robinson said. "I think they'd (Toronto FC) gone. I think they did. I think they were dead on their feet."