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The Vancouver Whitecaps have got off to a great defensive start and have the potential to set a new MLS record with five straight shutouts to start the season. However, the last two games have been less than exciting 0-0 draws.
On Saturday afternoon, April 7th, Vancouver travels to San Jose to take on the second placed Earthquakes.
San Jose is also defensively sound, allowing one goal to date, but is also low scoring with only five strikes for in four matches. Watch for our full match preview at North West Sportsbeat tomorrow.
Young Canadian defender Russell Teibert and promising midfielder Bryce Alderson have returned from the U-23 Olympics qualifying. Teibert had a good tournament starting all four games as left back. Alderson did go the full 90 minutes in the first match.
The experience should be invaluable for both talents.
Atiba Harris has been suspended for violent conduct in his last outing against the Philadelphia Union. This leaves the team thin at striker.
Watching the Wave (Editorial)
While the ‘Caps have a deep stable of strikers, their output has been poor over the last three weeks. Sebstien Le Toux has been the most consistent, and the hardest working , providing value with his play checking back.
However, the rest of the front line could use some change, as they do not offer the same work ethic this year to date.
Etienne Barbara was a frequent scorer in the NASL and it would be good to get a look at him when he comes off injured reserve.
In the meantime, Long Tan deserves a start for now if only to see what he can offer outside of a substitute’s role. A shake-up here is drastically needed.