Whitecaps/ FC Dallas Game Intro
Wednesday night’s encounter between the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas will feature two teams with different looks.
There is a full slate of international matches on this week around the globe and that has resulted in several enforced absences throughout the league, which will measurably affect the lineups at BC Place.
10:00 PM ET Record
DAL 6-11-8 (1-8-2 V)
VANWH 10-7-7 (7-1-4 H)
The Texans will be absent key midfielder Brek Shea (US) and recent acquisition Julian de Guzman (Canada), while Vancouver loses several players such as forwards Darren Mattocks & Dane Richards (both Jamaica), Russell Teibert (Canada) and Carlyle Mitchell (Trinidad & Tobago).
Brek Shea’s absence is a big blow to FC Dallas as the young, talented centrepiece of the team is a rapidly rising star in the USA set-up. He is strong on the ball, makes great passes and possesses a fine shot.
Without him, and de Guzman who would be a possible replacement for Shea, expect the Texans to possibly withdraw a striker to bolster the midfield numbers that could reduce the game to a dour spectacle.
Dallas has had a poorer than expected season, sitting 11 points adrift of Van City, and need to make up ground rapidly to retain any hope of extending their season, but they would likely be content to seize a point with a draw on the road.
This depth of personnel had been a revelation for the ‘Caps this year and has helped enable the team to weather some trying times this season.
If Miller can get off the mark with a goal in this start Wednesday then the team will be flooded with confidence.
The Canadian women’s team’s bronze performance will be celebrated at the game and could put a charge into the game.
I believe Miller is due to break out in this game.
Vancouver will earn a second consecutive 2-1 victory.
Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie comments after training for FC Dallas.