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Scouting Report: What to make of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Will Reggie Cannon and Alphonso Davies square off on Saturday?

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FC Dallas will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday at Toyota Stadium. The Whitecaps currently sit in sixth in the Western Conference, but they have two games in hand on most teams and could move as high up as second if they pick up all six points. The Whitecaps are coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers at home.

They’ve shown at certain points this year that they can play with anyone by beating NYCFC 3-2, but they’ve also lost to Real Salt Lake 3-0, who went on a four game losing streak after that.

See for yourself, are they European quality?

Rumor has it that Fulham are scouting Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted and striker Yordy Reyna. Ousted is 32 years old and in the middle of his fifth season with the Whitecaps. I’m not sure why Fulham would need a goalkeeper, as they have a fairly promising one whose father happens to be the goalkeeper coach, making any potential move all the more awkward.

As for Reyna, he’s only 23 and has played in Europe before, but this is his first year in MLS and it’s doubtful that Vancouver would let go of him without knowing what he has to offer. He’s been working up to fitness after a broken foot in the preseason and he should be ready to start soon after making four substitute appearances in July.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Reyna has easily some of the best hair in the league
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Projected Lineup:

Key Matchup: Alphonso Davies vs Reggie Cannon

There’s no guarantee that either of these guys start. Davies, despite being the most hyped youth player in MLS, has only started six games this season, but he just won the Golden Boot at the Gold Cup, so it would be really hard to bench someone who is in such great form.

As for Reggie, we’ve been clamoring for him for a while and with Hernan Grana suspended and the game being at home, this could be where he makes his debut. I would love to see it, but I don’t think Pareja thinks he is ready. I would still put Atiba Harris to be the favorite to start at right back, especially with the threat of Brek Shea being played on the wing, his size could give Cannon huge problems. But Cannon vs Davies is the battle we all want to see. While Davies is well regarded as a youth project, he is still a player who hasn’t scored their first goal in almost 1,000 minutes of game time. We say this far too often, but this would be a great week to get Cannon the start.

Key to the game

FC Dallas have never lost to the Whitecaps in Frisco, outscoring them 14-2. Dallas are currently on a three game win streak, their longest all season. Mauro Diaz is back healthy and contributing, Cristian Colman is scoring goals, Maxi Urruti is one of the league’s most improved players, Michael Barrios leads the league in assists, Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges return from international duty. Things are good for FC Dallas. For once we aren’t panicking about how we aren’t creating chances or that we can’t score goals or there are too many mistakes out of the back. All Dallas can do is play the game they’ve been playing, don’t mix it up too much.