Very rarely in a season do you get to play the same team two times in a row. But for whatever it is worth, FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps will go at it again this coming weekend following Dallas' 2-0 victory last Saturday night in Frisco.
BC Place will be the hosts for this one as FC Dallas must now deal with the long travel (Vancouver is one of the longest road trips of the season), the environment in BC Place and of course the lovely turf.
"Right now, you can look at it like we are half way because now we are going to have to go up there," said Schellas Hyndman. "Go through that travel. Being in an uncomfortable environment, their fans, they have that artificial surface. So there is going to be a lot of things going on that will benefit them."
Hyndman stated after the victory on Saturday that he feels as though his team has planted a seed of doubt in the minds of the Whitecaps players.
Players like George John and Andrew Jacobson are looking forward to the rematch though. John was quick to say that after the match, players were telling one another that they looked forward to seeing each other again in a few days.
"It is exciting," said John. "I was shaking hands with players after the game saying "see you next week" and they're like "see you up there". So, it is a two game series, we can't really lose our focus."
Jacobson said this next game with Vancouver could go either way depending on how the Whitecaps take this recent defeat.
"You know it can go either way," said Jacobson. "They can see it as revenge. They can see it as doubt. That is for them. But they have an idea that we're going to be a tough team to play against. If you're going to beat us, you're going to have to play really well."
That knowledge of what the other team may do is pretty huge. Dallas was shocked a bit when Vancouver came out on Saturday without Camilo, Darren Mattocks or Diego Kobayashi in their starting line up. The Whitecaps were attempting to counter Dallas' size with size of their own in the form of Matt Watson and Tommy Heinemann.
The question will come down to what Vancouver coach Martin Rennie does on Wednesday that may determine what he does on Saturday. The Whitecaps have a date in the Amway Canadian Championships tomorrow with NASL side Edmonton FC. Given how important winning the ACC is to each Canadian side (it is an automatic birth into the CONCACAF Champions League), Rennie may use his better players for those two games (the return match with Edmonton is next Wednesday).
No matter what Rennie and the Whitecaps do on Saturday, the club here in Frisco is beaming with confidence that should carry over for the return match in Canada.
"We are feeling good, beating them 2-0, so hopefully we can carry that to Vancouver," said John.