FC Dallas is up north in Canada this weekend as they get set to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. We got together with fellow SBN blog Eighty Six Forever to get their take on the Caps for tomorrow's game. Big thanks to Bartosz Wysocki for taking the time out to answer some questions.
BDS: Vancouver has gotten off to a slow start offensively this season, what do you believe is the main reason for that?
ESF: While the finger can be pointed at only the forwards for not doing their job to score up front, in reality it is a collective failure from the entire team that is leading to us not getting any goals. Our forwards have been abysmal, but the service that they have been getting has been poor as well. Under Carl Robinson, we have tried to be a quick counter attacking team, but the defenses in the league have adapted to our style of play, and our usual targets, such as Manneh and Riveiro, have been completely shut down.
BDS: The Whitecaps had one of the best defenses in 2015, but so far they are leaking in goals. What has to change for them to get back to their 2015 self?
ESF: The loss of Steven Beitashour was a huge loss for our defense. Though Fraser Aird is potentially a good prospect for the future (and he is improving), he's not on the same level that Steven was. As well, we need Waston and Parker, our centrebacks, to be better on the ground. Whenever balls are played in the air they are more than comfortable in dealing with the aerial threat; but quick play on the ground has burned them all season long, and they'll need to adjust quickly before the wheels come completely off the bus.
BDS: This is going to be Blas Perez' first game against FCD. How do you expect him to play on Saturday against his old team?
ESF: We're hoping that playing against his old squad can bring back some of his old form. He has yet to score a goal for us this season, and while that isn't completely his fault, everyone knows that he isn't playing to his fullest potential. A rivalry match, plus going up against some old faces, will hopefully be the cure for Perez's malaise.
Projected lineup: Ousted; Harvey, Waston, Parker, Aird; Manneh, Laba, Mezquida, Techera; Riveiro, Perez