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Whitecaps try to build on Champions League success in LA

Last Updated Aug 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm PDT

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Christian Bolanos not available for the Whitecaps today (suspension)

CARSON, CA (NEWS 1130) –¬†With the positive vibes of a Champions League victory over Sporting KC in the rearview mirror, the Vancouver Whitecaps get back to their somewhat daunting task of trying to crack into the top six of the MLS West. It won’t be easy, as the LA Galaxy have yet to lose this season at the StubHub Center.

The Whitecaps are just two points out of a playoff spot, but they’re joined by a few other clubs in the same spot, including San Jose and Seattle. The Portland Timbers are sitting right on the line with 32 points in the West.

Vancouver needs wins, though, and Carl Robinson knows that.

“If you go in trying to get a (single) point, usually you don’t get a point, so we have to try and win the game.” Robinson said earlier this week.

“We know (LA) is a good team, we know they have top players. They’re an experienced team. I challenged our young group on Tuesday (against Sporting KC) to have a go.”

Vancouver was able to get some confidence at the very least in Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League win over Sporting KC. While the visitors didn’t exactly field their best lineup, it’s hoped the Whitecaps were given a boost by seeing the ball go into the opposing goal. Offensive punch has been hard to come by for this group.

“It’s a massive challenge.” Robinson said this week.

“It’s a coupon-buster for us, isn’t it? No one will probably give us a chance. We’re going to go full of confidence after Tuesday. The energy in training was good.”

Los Angeles is on the good side of the playoff divide, sitting fourth, but the Galaxy haven’t earned a full three points in its last five matches. Robinson did point out LA’s top talent, including the likes of Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane – so the visitors should have their hands full.

Christian Bolanos won’t be available for Vancouver for this one, as he serves a one match suspension.

The Whitecaps return home September 3rd to face the New York Red Bulls.