Movin on up…
Their 1-1 draw with Toronto FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship on Wednesday continued a strong start to the 2012 season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who are sitting comfortably in the Major League Soccer standings and are looking to keep that run going.
BetOnline reviews would show that the Whitecaps are the only top-four side in Major League Soccer to have a negative goal difference as they sit at -1, but they’ve managed to stay afloat with timely goals and that difference was inflated by a 4-1 loss at New England last weekend to bring the club back down to earth a little.
Sebastien Le Toux (three) and Eric Hassli (two) have scored half of the Whitecaps’ 10 goals in league play, while Hassli has also added a pair of assists and has the ability to score from anywhere at any time, as he proved in the draw against Toronto FC in which he hit a spectacular volley.
Camilo Sanvezzo also scored twice in league play for Vancouver, who has also allowed 11 goals, but remember, four of those came last weekend.
Joe Cannon has been between the sticks for all 10 league matches, while Jay DeMerit has been immense in the heart of the defense and that unit will have to maintain their strength if the Whitecaps are going to surprise those that are using bookie software.
However, if you’re betting online you’re familiar with cup competitions that soccer leagues have around the world; for example, the FA Cup in England.
In Canada, there is the Amway Canadian Championship, which consists of Vancouver, Toronto FC, the Montreal Impact and FC Edmonton.
The Whitecaps have lost in the last three finals to Toronto FC and the two met in the first leg on Wednesday in a truly intriguing game from start to finish.
Toronto didn’t sit back and defend as they did in Montreal, and even carried a 1-0 lead into the late stages of the game when Hassli pulled his team back and now, they’ll head to Toronto next week with everything on the line.
Even though Toronto scored a crucial away goal, Vancouver can definitely erase that with their own goal as well.
But the Whitecaps still have to face Seattle on Saturday at home, where they have won three and drawn one of their five matches in MLS play this season.
Seattle has won two and drawn one of their three away games in 2012 and the Sounders are only a spot ahead of the Whitecaps in the Western Conference standings, but there is a five-point gap between the two.
Vancouver will look to cut into that deficit and they will probably be underdogs on Saturday at most sportsbooks.