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Match Preview: Caps vs Crew

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Who to rest and who to risk?

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There's currently very little to complain about in Whitecaps-land. With four wins in four games, BC place is finally home to the kind of streaking that hasn't been on display since David Beckham's first showcase match with the Galaxy in 2007. The Vancouver Whitecaps are clicking, goals are being scored, and points are being racked up at record pace. By all indications, Wednesday's showdown with the Columbus Crew should be another winning performance.

One interesting story line to watch for will be the lineup changes. After such a convincing weekend performance, there will be plenty of difficult decisions for Carl Robinson to make. Diego Rodriguez in for Pah Modou Kah is one of the most probable substitutions, and Jordan Harvey is due for a start, but there are also the issues of Octavio Rivero and Pedro Morales. Both players are in good form but will also be needed for the upcoming match against San Jose.

With the Crew missing their pivotal playmaker Federico Higuain and as well as (possibly) Will Trapp and Waylon Francis, the most dangerous thing for the 'Caps on Wednesday will be complacency. After difficult road games, a rivalry match and a victory against the defending champions, this midweek showdown seems decidedly lacklustre. However, this game could actually prove to be one of the most important so far.

In Major League Soccer, teams go on hot streaks and cold streaks all the time. The difference between a team finishing mid-table and atop the Supporters' Shield standings is consistency. Every regular season match counts for the same number of points, and if the 'Caps can maintain their focus for this seemingly mediocre match-up, they might well go on to do great things.

Any good team can cobble together a few wins in a couple of high-profile games, but great teams are victors consistently. Wednesday night will be a test of the Whitecaps' depth as well as their character. It's time to see if the "league leading" Whitecaps can live up to their name.