ancouver would have opened up a wider

ancouver would have opened up a wider

Notapor lw78999 » Mar Oct 31, 2017 3:40 am

Vancouver Whitecaps put their good road form to the test once again on Wednesday night when they head east to take on Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, live on TSN. The Whitecaps were disappointed to only tie against FC Dallas at home on Sunday, and will be hoping for a similar performance, but with a better end product against a Chicago side that has only won once at home this season. The Form: The Whitecaps have won just once in their last eight matches, but have only lost twice in 14. They have tied their last three in a row, but in an extremely competitive Western Conference, Carl Robinsons men will need to start turning those ties into wins sooner rather than later if they are to be in the playoff conversation in the fall. The Whitecaps were unfortunate not to take all three points at home to FC Dallas on Sunday. Their finishing was not clinical enough, and, for the fourth-straight match, they were unable to win despite taking the lead in the game. Raul Fernandez also deserves a mention, as his performance in goal for Dallas was a big reason his club left B.C. with a point. On Sunday, the Whitecaps were once again entertaining to watch, setting a new club record with 30 shots, but they were masters of their own downfal,l giving away a penalty to give Dallas a halftime lead. Earlier this season, it was Erik Hurtado who was the main main in front of goal as he found the net in five consecutive matches in all competitions, but right now it is Darren Mattocks. The former first-round draft pick opened the scoring against Dallas. He now has a goal in three consecutive matches for the first time in his professional career. The Big Question: Can Pedro Morales do it again? The Chilean midfielder was magnificent in Sundays draw against FC Dallas. He scored his seventh goal of the season to earn the Caps a point and was involved in the build up to the goal from Mattocks that gave Vancouver an early lead, but his overall performance was spectacular. Morales is a joy to watch and continues to improve as he settles into life in Major League Soccer. Morales had 12 shots against Dallas, which is more in a single game than any other player in the league since the Whitecaps joined MLS in 2011. He had 130 touches in the game, 30 more than any other player on the pitch. Morales has the captains armband following the retirement of Jay DeMerit and he continues to lead by example. When he plays well, the Whitecaps are an entertaining side to watch. Having Morales on the pitch gives them a chance to win any game. The Opposition: Chicago Fire have had a difficult first half of the season, and currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, but despite the fact they have only won three games all season, they arent too far away from the playoff places, just four points outside the top five. Former Canadian international Frank Yallop is in his first season as head coach of the Fire and they have been the draw specialists so far, as they have been trying to grow as a team under their new boss. However, in their last match, they produced probably their worst display of the season, losing 5-1 at San Jose Earthquakes. They were unbeaten in four (with one win and three draws) before the San Jose debacle. Rookie Harry Ship has had an excellent season in midfield for the Fire and, with reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee in their ranks, they can always be dangerous going forward. Whitecaps fans will likely see a familiar face in the Fire lineup with former Vancouver midfielder Matt Watson a starter for Chicago in recent weeks. The Line-up: In the last couple of away games, Carl Robinson has utilized the depth within his squad, making a number of changes to ensure his players stay fresh and healthy. After a good performance against Dallas, there seems little need to change things, unless there are injuries to contend with. The Whitecaps have a weekend off ahead of them, so rest shouldnt be as much of a factor for this road trip. The back four has been settled recently and as long as Steven Beitashour is fit, its unlikely there will be any changes. The Whitecaps have lots of options in midfield, but it would be a big surprise if we dont see designated players Matias Laba and Morales in the game from the start - they both came off the bench at Real Salt Lake in the Whitecaps last away game. The Odds: It has to be a draw, doesnt it? The Caps have tied three in a row, including their last two away from home. Theyve now drawn 10 matches this season, which is one fewer than Chicago who lead MLS with 11 draws. The Whitecaps have shown this season they have the ability to score goals away from hom, and the Fire are yet to keep a clean sheet in front of the home fans this season. Chicagos record against Western Conference opposition is also poor with just three points taken from seven matches this season (four losses and three draws). If the Whitecaps are to challenge for a playoff place this season, these are the games they need to be winning. Where to Watch: The Whitecaps at Chicago is live on MLS on TSN on Wednesday night. Join me with Jason deVos and Perry Solkowski at 8:30pm et/ 5:30pm pt. Pierre Turgeon Jersey . At quarterback, all agree that Andy Dalton has been a wonderful surprise, but to truly progress he has to play his best in the playoffs. 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WASHINGTON -- It took a controversial call for the Vancouver Whitecaps to survive a surprisingly tough road game against the worst team in Major League Soccer. Camilo Sanvezzo scored his ninth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the second half as the Whitecaps shut out D.C. United 1-0 on Saturday. In the 48th minute, the Whitecaps (7-5-4) played a long ball deep into United territory, with midfielder Matt Watson sprinting toward it, only to be met hard by D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Watson crumpled to the turf and referee Matthew Foerster immediately signalled for a penalty kick. "Im going to have to watch it again," Watson said. "He definitely got a piece of the ball, but he also went through me. Im going to have to see it again, to see if it was a PK." United coach Ben Olsen had no doubt that the call was wrong, not mincing words in his assessment of the officials. "Its a joke," he said. "We get the same clown show every weekend. Nobody wants to hear the coach in last place complain about the referees. Nobody wants to hear that. But Ive got a group of men in there who fought their tails off today, and theyre gutted." Camilo Sanvezzo calmly deposited the ensuing penalty past a diving Hamid into the middle of the net for his third goal in two games and sixth over his last four contests. On a steamy night during which they were outclassed for much of the first half, the Whitecaps earned just the fifth road win in their three-year franchise history. "Were on a really good run at the moment," said Vancouver coach Martin Rennie after his teams third straight win. "We have to win on the road more consistently. For us to move up and develop, we need to do that. Tonight, we showed the qualities to do that." The Whitecaps defence preserved just their second league shutout of the season in the victory, and their first since a 1-0 home victory against Toronto FC in the season opener on March 2. Vancouver had not played since JJune 19, and on a night when fitness was key, the Whitecaps appeared to have the stronger legs in the second half.dddddddddddd If not for some spectacular, back-to-back leaping saves by Hamid in the 65th minute, Vancouver would have opened up a wider margin. D.C. (2-12-3) fired a season-high 22 shots, and had a couple of corner kicks in stoppage time, but could not find the equalizer. After the match, Hamid and John Thorrington berated the officials at midfield. "I dont get it," Olsen said. "Im not asking him to be a super referee. Im asking him to make the right call." United had the Whitecaps on the defensive for much of the first half, starting in the second minute, when Dwayne De Rosario fired just wide of goalkeeper Brad Knighton. The Vancouver keeper followed with another solid save on Kyle Porters shot in the seventh minute, as the Whitecaps struggled to control the ball. Russell Teibert had the best look for Vancouver in the first half, taking a tight-angle shot from the goal-line that deflected off the post behind Hamid in the 11th minute. The Whitecaps finished June by earning 12 out of 15 potential points, putting them squarely in the hunt in the Western Conference. "It was a well-deserved win," Rennie said. "On the road, youre not always going to dominate the game, so any way you can get the win is important." Notes: The Whitecaps lineup got a lift when both Gershon Koffie and Brad Rusin returned to the pitch for the first time since May 18. Koffie missed five games with a quadriceps injury, while Rusin was dealing with calf problems. a United midfielder Nick DeLeon was not in the lineup, nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the teams Open Cup victory over New England on Wednesday. a The match was a reunion of sorts for Uniteds Alain Rochat, who was traded by the Whitecaps to D.C. on June 6, and Thorrington, who signed with D.C. in the off-season. a Vancouver lost 4-0 in its only other trip to D.C. in August 2011. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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