Sports

(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."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.