FC Dallas is getting ready to host the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight at Toyota Stadium. We’ve given you a scouting report of the Caps, now we’re bringing in a fellow SB Nation blog to help preview this evening’s opponent.
Bryce from Eighty Six Forever was nice enough to answer some questions about the Caps ahead of tonight’s game. You can find our answers to their questions here.
BDS: Vancouver’s last win was against this very Dallas team back in May. How has the team done in recent games? And did they take advantage of the international break during the first part of the Gold Cup?
ESF: They have done...okay. They have only played two games, and were able to get a draw in each. However, both were home games against teams they SHOULD have gotten three points from. Mind you, it seems like we say ‘should’ about the Whitecaps often, so maybe we need to change that. While the results have been disappointing, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to Colorado in their previous match, with under-manned roster is a small victory. Specifically, two of their three centerbacks are away at the Gold Cup, along with their starting keeper, and utility player Russell Teibert.
BDS: Colorado gave the Whitecaps a bit of a scare last weekend in their 2-2 draw. How did the team respond to pick up the draw in the second half and what adjustments will they make on the short turnaround for Wednesday night?
ESF: The Whitecaps were unfortunately as well as lucky to be (only) down 2-0. They dominated the play, including possession and shots, but the Rapids had several opportunities to put the match out of reach. A late first-half penalty gave the Caps life, and they dominated the last twenty minutes of the second half to eek out the draw, thanks to a fabulous free kick from Yordy Reyna. The Caps have limited players available with injuries and Gold Cup so it will be interesting to see what, if any, changes Marc Dos Santos makes ahead of Dallas, knowing that Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders is on Saturday.
BDS: With the summer transfer window set to open up in the coming weeks, what kind of changes do you see the Whitecaps making? Will a big name depart this summer?
ESF: The Whitecaps need to make a move this summer and Marc Dos Santos has stated that they will be looking. However, he has also noted that he has a vision and that he will not make a lateral move. That is, he will only bring in players that are a clear upgrade on what he currently has. However, the biggest addition the Caps may make is already here. Left back Ali Adnan’s loan expires at the end of June and it is vital that the Caps are able to extend it or purchase him outright. If that does not occur the Whitecaps will have a gaping hole in their defense, to go along with the lack of production from their wings and primary striker. It is unlikely that any names will depart, as there were so few holdovers from last season, but they could add a big name this summer.