Whitecaps vs Revolution Matchup Insight
The Vancouver Whitecaps are running on short rest for the second week in a row, thanks to a mid-week Champions League playoff. In addition, they have had to travel from Vancouver to Foxborough, Massachusetts to put an extra strain on tired bodies.
In Vancouver’s favour though is the fact that they have won five games in a row in all competitions, while New England has struggled mightily lately.
New England Revolution
New England has been a team in disarray for much of this year having lost 6 of 9 MLS league games, while scoring just 8 goals.
The team also has a significant number of key players on the injury list right now, including midfielder Sainey Nyassi and forward Jose Moreno.
One healthy player to be wary of though is striker Blake Brettschneider, who curled home a beautiful goal in the Revolution’s last game vs. Real Salt Lake. He is not afraid to make an attempt on goal from any area of the pitch.
Whitecaps castoff Lee Nguyen also plays up front alongside Brettschneider with the absence of Moreno.
Two major changes from the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS a year ago have helped them forge an entirely new identity in their second campaign. The first has been the resiliency they have shown in the face of adversity.
On three occasions in their last 6 matches they have conceded the first goal, only to storm back and grab a win.
Such an effort would have been near impossible last year.
The second major change is the added depth that Martin Rennie has brought to the Whitecaps.
There is now a good back-up player in almost every position, with just the midfield requiring enhancements. The forwards in particular now run six quality players deep, affording the coach time to experiment with various formations and styles.
In two encounters last year with New England, Vancouver could only muster a single tie, losing the other match. In that draw, the Frenchman Eric Hassli was the only Whitecaps player to breach the Revolution goal.
This confident Van city team will be looking to provide a better result in the road.
Vancouver is tired but will manage to grind out a 1-0 road win.