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Collison and Jamal CrawforWhats behind Erik Hurtados sudden and dramatic turnaround?   Why is he all of a sudden scoring highlight reel goals and game winners?   According to Whitecaps Coach Carl Robinson there is no difference. Hes the same player he always was, only now his efforts are being rewarded. The rookie manager has made a habit of heaping praise on others when things are going well, and accepting criticism when they arent.  But in the case of Hurtado, its what the coach is NOT saying that may be the secret to a superb run of form. Last year, you could almost see the Santa Clara grad thinking while he played.  "Should I go here?"  "Whos my man?"  "Do I shoot or do I cross?"  The amount of times a promising attack would fizzle out at his feet was frustrating for not just the fans, but his former manager as well.  When your coach loses faith, its tough to believe in yourself.  So the mantra this year for Hurtado and many of the other young studs in the Whitecaps stable is stop thinking.  Just go play. For the most part, its working.  Hurtado has been employed as both a lone striker, and a right sided weapon.  Hes looked equally dangerous in both roles.   One can only imagine what might happen when his freedom of thought becomes routine and instinctual.  Compare the Real Salt Lake game a month ago, when in the late stages, last years fifth overall pick burst down the right flank and instead of unleashing one of his palm stinging drives, he squared it up for a team-mate, with coach Robinson pleading for a shot.  From virtually the same spot in last Saturdays game against Seattle Sounders Hurtado blasted home off the cross bar, and the Whitecaps were back on level terms only minutes after cruelly falling behind.   There was no thought.  There was no passing of responsibility.  It was the same explosive drive the 23-year-old has unleashed hundreds of times in training, and throughout his formative years.    The ball doesnt seem to run away from "E-Money" anymore either.  His touch is tidier, the runs are becoming less predictable, and the end product is inherently powerful.  Youd be hard pressed to find a similarly statured player with the kinds of tools Hurtado possesses.  Hes been told more than once that a running back in the other type of football might have suited his skill set more.  Thankfully his dad wasnt having it. Now the one time Beaverton Oregon boy gets to return to the state of his youth, as a bona fide starter, and a legitimate threat.  Surely the family and friends in attendance will motivate him further, rather than distract.  Carl Robinson could also have the luxury of Darren Mattocks at his disposal for the June 1st tilt at Providence Park.  Mattocks will be racking up the air miles on Jamaican duty, but will still be available to face his old Akron Zips coach Caleb Porter, and best pal Darlington Nagbe. Might we see Hurtado, Mattocks and Manneh all on the park at once as some supporters had fantasized already last pre-season? Hopefully the manager can keep them all from thinking about it too much. Cheap Air Jordan 4 Wholesale .com) - Matt Beleskey has helped give the Anaheim Ducks some scoring depth and hell look to stay hot on Wednesday night when his club hosts the struggling Philadelphia Flyers. Cheap Air Jordan 4 Uk Sale . 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