FRISCO, TX (NEWS 1130) – You may have heard by now that it’s going to be quite warm in Frisco, Texas on Saturday night for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
39 degrees with the humidity by game time that is, which may just play a factor into weather or not Vancouver can collect three points at Toytoa Stadium for the first time ever – the ‘Caps are 0-8-0 all time in that building dating back to the first MLS season in 2011.
“I don’t really know how to explain it.” Vancouver’s Brek Shea said of the muggy environment earlier in the week.
“It’s not just heat, it’s humidity. And if you do feel a breeze, it’s hotter. It’s like when you open the oven, it just hits you. It hurts. But those are all excuses. We just need to go out there and try to get three points.”
It’s not just the Whitecaps who struggle at Toyota Stadium – every MLS club has had problems there this season. FC Dallas is 6-1-3 at home, which has helped them reach the top of the table in the west heading into Saturday night. The match in Texas kicks off a three game road swing for the ‘Caps, who will follow with dates in Colorado and New England before returning home on August 19th.
Vancouver is also trying to reverse course after a very disapointing loss the previous week at home to an undermanned Portland side.
On a more positive note, the Whitecaps could very well see some reinforcements to their lineup, as it was noted that Kendall Waston could be available for Carl Robinson on Saturday night, as well as midfielder Yordy Reyna, who claims his foot injury is a thing of the past, and can potentially help the Whitecaps find another gear offensively. Robinson didn’t give away too much on Reyna’s status during the week, but certainly made it sound like he could be a part of the starting group.
Sheanon Williams may also get a look for the first time since June 3rd, after the defender had an assault charge against him stayed by the Crown.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw at BC Place Stadium on June 17th.