clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Vancouver Whitecaps

New, 2 comments

FC Dallas hosts the Whitecaps for the one-game Western Conference Knockout Round

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

It is finally that time FC Dallas fans have been looking forward to since its playoff departure in 2011 to New York Red Bulls in the wildcard round.

FCD will host the one-game Knockout Round against Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.

Injury Report

Vancouver will be without two players to their 18-man roster for the playoff match.

Out: F Caleb Clarke (quad), M Andre Lewis (ACL sprain)

Probable Lineup

Vancouver manager Carl Robinson will look to a sport a closely similar 4-2-3-1 to the starting XI he used last Saturday against Colorado Rapids.

GK: David Ousted; LB: Jordan Harvey; CB: Kendall Watson, Andy O'Brien; RB: Ethen Sampson; LDM: Russel Teibert; RDM: Matias Laba; LM: Sebastian Fernandez; CM: Pedro Morales; RM: Mauro Rosales; F: Erik Hurtado

Key Matchup

JeVaughn Watson vs. Fernandez - It will be interesting how FCD covers Fernandez's runs down the flank after allowing Fernandez to score twice in the 2-0 loss to Vancouver earlier in October. Although Fernandez only has five goals in his 1968 minutes on the season, the last game between the two squads is an indicator of his dangerousness from the left side.

Keys to Advancing

Restricting Rosales. Vancouver's last three goals against FCD have come off feeds from Mauro Rosales. He will need to be made irrelevant for an FCD win. Rosales does a well job sending that ball to open men in the box and streaking runs. In 12 games against FCD, Rosales has three goals and five assists making him the most productive man upfront for the Whitecaps when facing Dallas.

Marking Morales. FCD needs to win the battle in the midfield and specifically control the front of its defensive-third. Last week FCD saw both Portland goals being ripped right outside the 18-yard-box and right in. Morales proves to be the man that Vancouver will be relying on to get the job done. Morales leads Vancouver in goals and assists with 10 and 11, respectively.

Taking the attack. As much as the defense holds, FCD can only advance if the Hoops are able to get a ball in the back of the net. Dallas had two goals called back last Saturday and as much as fans can argue that one, if not both, should have counted, the fact of the matter is FCD was still shut out at the end of the game. That has to change. Blas Perez or David Texeira need to own the attacking-third and get the goal. Vancouver has shutout its opponents in the last 393 minutes.