Dynamo vs. Whitecaps Matchup Insight
An exhausted Whitecaps squad took advantage of three days off this week to refresh the body and mind. The Whitecaps have muddled through some games recently, and will look to get back on track with their first win in six matches.
They are fifth in the Western Conference, but are not far out of 3rd with a couple of wins.
Houston heads west while sitting a poorer than expected sixth in the Eastern Conference. The losing finalist from last year’s MLS Cup is also looking to get untracked in this encounter.
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HOU 4-3-4 (2-3-3 V)
VANWH 5-3-4 (3-1-2 H) Matchup
Houston met Vancouver in the pre-season Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament, so they have a score of sorts to settle with Vancouver. This Dynamo team is one to be wary of, despite their record this year.
Geoff Cameron is an excellent central defender who likes to get forward, and will often move up into a midfield role when games are close. He has also featured recently in the US National team set-up.
Andre Hainault is another attacking defender who is dangerous from set pieces and free kicks. He scored the winner in last week’s Dynamo game versus the LA Galaxy.
Brian Ching is a veteran forward and a reliable goal scorer.
Martin Rennie’s boys were pushed to the limits of their depth recently, and will be somewhat relieved to face an easier schedule now, with the hellish month of May (and its heavy load of two games a week) behind them.
Eric Hassli should be back in the starting line-up to lead the line, as his recent goal scoring spree warrants.
Fellow French forward Sebastien Le Toux has been in something of a slump in the scoring department and will be keen to get on track.
These two will be relied on even more in the coming weeks following the bad news out of training this week that the rapidly improving Omar Salgado has suffered a broken foot while on international duty with the US U-20 team.
In interviews, Rennie has hinted that tactically the team has not been as tight and composed as he expects, so Vancouver will likely come out a little more compact than in some of their recent displays.
Vancouver will break their luck and start a new winning streak with a 2-1 decision.
After a few days off Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back on the pitch at Swangard Stadium