The Whitecaps will look to beat the odds on Saturday when they take on two time reigning MLS champions LA Galaxy at BC Place. The Caps have recently been enduring some of the worst form they have ever experienced in two years. Martin Rennie has to get his side back in shape soon or playoffs will slowly become more and more unlikely and his time as manager might be nearing its end.
The Whitecaps have an extremely busy schedule ahead of them for the next two weeks. In those 14 days the Caps are set to play 4 matches, but against only two different teams.They kick off their hectic schedule against the MLS leading Texas side, FC Dallas this Saturday. Following that match, the Caps venture up to the province of Alberta to take on NASL side FC Edmonton in their first match of the Amway Canadian Championship.
In the past two weeks the Whitecaps have suffered two straight disappointing road losses. This including 2-1 defeats to both the Houston Dynamo in week three and Chivas USA in week four. The Whitecaps are yet to win a game on the road so far this season but they have the chance to repair the damages this weekend.no comments
The Whitecaps will be headed to La-La-Land to take on the Rojiblancos at the Home Depot Center. This will be the fourth ever meeting between the two clubs in MLS play and so far the Caps are undefeated against Chivas, tying both matches in 2011 and winning both in 2012. The last time the Whitecaps took on Chivas, they brushed them aside at BC Place by a lofty score of 4-0. There will not be a repeat of that scoreline in this years edition of the tie as Chivas will present a much tougher challenge for the Caps.no comments
After a two week break, the Whitecaps will be heading down to the big state of Texas to take on the boys in orange, the Houston Dynamo. The Whitecaps are going into this match undefeated and will looking to extended their win streak to three. The match in Houston will be the Caps' first away match of the new 2013 MLS season, they will be looking to prove themselves away from home like they have when they are at home.
Only two weeks into this brand new MLS season and it has already been an eventful one for the Vancouver Whitecaps. They began the season with a two game homestand against Canadian rivals Toronto FC and then against the Columbus Crew in the following week. So far, we have seen many different things occur, including a serious injury to Jay DeMerit, two beautiful goals, many players making their MLS debuts and two tallies in the win column for the Caps.
With the Whitecaps preseason already kicked off and 3 matches played the 'Caps performances so far have all been positive: With a 4-1 win over New England Revolution, 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, and a 1-0 win over 4th tier side Arizona Sahuaros. 2013 is already starting to look bright for the MLS 3rd year Whitecaps team.
In the eyes of the Vancouver Whitecaps fans the 2012 season was a successful one. Martin Rennie rebuilt a last place team roster and included 15 newcomers from the previous year. But for 2013 the fans are expecting much more from the team who never got past the MLS Cup Playoffs knockout round. In 2012 the team only won 4 games in the final 20 of the season so the team is improving. The main problem was the midseason changes to the team. Losing the root of creativity coming from Davide Chiumiento was a big loss.
The Vancouver Whitecaps hope to beat a Cascadian rival this weekend, something they have yet to accomplish since they arrived in MLS. The match against the Seattle Sounders will be their ninth attempt in the last two seasons with three draws and five losses in eight games. Their last victory in a Cup match was 2009 against Portland and their last one against Seattle was in 2008 when both teams were at the division 2 level.
The memories of the last five games were almost erased but the Vancouver Whitecaps allowed a late goal to the Rapids and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. After gifting the opening goal to Omar Cummings in the first half, the Caps took the lead with two goals in less than five minutes from Alain Rochat and Kenny Miller before allowing Jaime Smith the opportunity to score the equalizer.