Whitecaps FC-Revolution Preview
Combining MLS competition with the Canadian championships, the
Vancouver Whitecaps will have played nine matches in the span of
less than a month.
The rigorous schedule hasn’t affected them yet.
Vancouver seeks its sixth consecutive overall victory – and
fourth straight in MLS play – when it visits the New England
Revolution on Saturday night.
The Whitecaps (5-2-2) have won each of their matches since April
21 – three in MLS and two in the Canadian championships. Following
Saturday’s contest, Vancouver will begin a two-match aggregate
final Wednesday against Toronto for the Canadian title with an MLS
game against Seattle in between.
From April 28-May 26, the Whitecaps don’t receive more than
three consecutive days off.
Leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux was supposed to sit out
Wednesday’s 3-1 win over non-MLS member Edmonton, but he entered
the game as a substitute and scored twice.
“I’m happy to get our fifth win in a row and to get ourselves
into a final,” coach Martin Rennie told the team’s official
website. “I thought the way we finished the game was excellent.
It’s nice for us to be in the final of the competition and it’s
obviously a significant moment in the club’s history.”
Rennie’s club beat San Jose 2-1 last Saturday in its most recent
MLS contest on Eric Hassli’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage
time. Vancouver needs one more league victory to match its total
from last season as an expansion team.
The Whitecaps and Revolution played to a 1-all draw in their
first meeting April 6, 2011, before New England earned a 1-0
victory on Sharlie Joseph’s penalty kick May 14, 2011.
The Revolution’s win came at home, where they’ll play seven of
their next nine games after beginning the season with six of nine
on the road.
New England (3-6-0) has lost four of five after falling 2-1 to
Real Salt Lake last Saturday. The Revolution fell to 1-5-0 on the
“We’ve had a tough schedule so far. A lot of traveling, and been
on the road a lot, so it’s going to be very good to get back home
and have fresh legs,” midfielder Clyde Simms said. “We feel like we
are playing great soccer, just a little unfortunate with our
While New England has won two of three at home, Vancouver is
2-1-1 on the road in MLS play with three shutouts.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps said he’s impressed with the
Whitecaps’ turnaround after their disappointing inaugural MLS
“It’s really about how we defend as a group, but it’s also going
to be how we move the ball,” Heaps said. “We have to make sure we
have a good combination of collective defending with quick movement
of the ball.”
Fernando Cardenas originally received a red card in the 82nd
minute against Salt Lake and was supposed to be suspended for
Saturday’s match. Heaps, though, appealed and the red card was
rescinded, allowing Cardenas to be in the lineup.
Cardenas and Saer Sene had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win
over Colorado in New England’s last home match May 2.