VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Whitecaps have made BC Place a much tougher place to play for their opponents lately, and three key early season points will be on the line at their sudden fortress against FC Dallas. (7pm)
Vancouver has won four of its last five on home turf, and the group should be well-rested following a week long FIFA International layoff.
“It’s a big game.” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said during training this week. Dallas sits one spot ahead of Vancouver in the Western conference standings, and leads by four points.
“I don’t look at the table too much, to be honest.” Robinson added.
“We always have good games against Dallas. We’ll be ready for it. We’ll patch ourselves up, because we’ve got a few key guys missing, but we’ll go out with the same mindset and mentality to try and win this game.”
The Whitecaps could be missing the services of both Kendall Waston, and Christian Bolaños Saturday night.
Also unavailable amidst controversy is defender Sheanon Williams. Williams was arrested on Thursday and faces assault charges. He has been suspended by the club as the investigation continues.
Getting back to the action on the field, Vancouver’s Tim Parker suggested there might be a bit of a rivalry between the Whitecaps and FC Dallas.
“We have a bit of a Portland feel where we butt heads with each other a lot.”
“I think our players butt heads with their players, and I think the coaches don’t really get along. It creates that kind of a rivalry. We’re both young teams fighting for that identity in MLS.”
The ‘Caps take to the road after this one, with stops in Minnesota next Saturday, and Chicago on Canada Day in two weeks.