There is probably no better team for the Whitecaps to face right now than Chicago; the Fire haven’t won in seven MLS games and sit level on points with Toronto at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
They have an interim coach and, although they had much of the ball against Philadelphia on Wednesday, they failed to convert their chances and were eventually disappointed to only come away with a 1-1 tie. Sound familiar?
For Vancouver the season has move beyond “must win” games to “must win sometime surely” games, but after the home match on Sunday they face two tough road trips against DC United and Portland, so this really is (yet another) not be missed opportunity to notch those elusive three points.
It seems possible that coach Tom Soehn will name an unchanged eleven for, despite the 4-0 loss to the Galaxy, the team at least looked dangerous in the opening third of that game and it would be hard to justify sending out a less attacking formation against one of the worst teams in the League.
Maybe Soehn will be concerned that the new Fire midfield partnership of Grazzini and Pardo looked reasonably impressive in that game against the Union and be tempted to add another holding player in the centre, but it’s likely that neither of them will be able to play the full ninety minutes, and the time for caution and tactical tinkering really should be over now for the Whitecaps.
Portland’s pulsating 3-0 victory over the Galaxy on Wednesday helped to highlight how much Vancouver have failed to take advantage of the goodwill and energy that comes from the fans in an expansion season, so the least that they can do now is to try to give those long suffering fans some genuine excitement in the remaining fixtures.
As I said; no better team for Vancouver to face right now than Chicago (and let’s try not to think about the fact that the Fire are saying exactly the same thing about the Whitecaps).
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