MLS Matchup Report: DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Preview

Whitecaps FC vs DC United Matchup Insight

DC United are one of the original founding members of the modern MLS, and the most successful team historically as the past owners of four MLS Cups, including three of the first four.

Their last triumph however, came in 2004. This should be an interesting clash between one of the oldest pledges and one of the newest.

DC United

DC United is expected to field a 4-4-1-1 formation at BC Place, with reigning MLS MVP Dwayne DeRosario playing an impactful free ranging role behind the lone striker Brazilian Maicon Santos.

The Washington outfit has some good midfield support as well in Chris Pontius, and seventh overall SuperDraft pick Nick DeLeon who scored a nice goal last week against the Galaxy.

The main negative for United so far this season though comes in the form of the awful defensive coverage exhibited in their first two competitive matches this season.

The defence looked scrambled and out of touch in 1-0 loss at home to Sporting Kansas City, followed last week by the 3-1 shellacking by the LA Galaxy.

All of the goals scored by LA were attributable to defenders being either caught out of position, or slacking off their checks while watching the ball instead (the ultimate cardinal sin).

Defender Alain Rochat is still looking for his first tally this season.


The Whitecaps will continue with their successful 4-2-3-1 formation.

The team has created a flurry of chances in their opening games thanks to the confidence boosted by their faith in the back four. As a result, expect the same four bodies to remain unchanged at both the forwards and defence.

Darren Mattocks will be unavailable as a sub however, due to the burns he suffered earlier this week.

John Thorrington is almost certainly still out injured and Gershon Koffie is likely unavailable too. This leaves Jun Marques Davidson and probably Matt Watson as the two defensive minded midfielders.

As a final injury note, Joe Cannon is day to day now, so Brad Knighton is a possible starter tomorrow.


I expect that DC United will start the match very determined on the heels of their humiliating 3-1 loss last week, in order to erase doubts about the veracity of their defence.

Lingering questions also remain about the depth of the Vancouver midfield with Thorrington and Koffie out, so Floyd Franks may get a look in at some point.

It should be a fairly even match with one team looking to continue their undefeated run, and the other resolute to break their bad run of form.

Look for Vancouver to remain unbeaten, albeit in a 1-1 draw.

Kick-off is at 7PM on Sportsnet Pacific and TEAM1410 Radio

Check out our 2012 Whitecaps Season preview.


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  • Too bad this one is matched up at the same time as the Canucks game, might have to set up the PVR to work overtime tonight!

  • Too bad this one is matched up at the same time as the Canucks game, might have to set up the PVR to work overtime tonight!

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