Believe it or not, the Vancouver Whitecaps are riding a two match win streak, and on the road to boot. It started with a marvelous defensive performance against the LA Galaxy, and continued with a sloppy if not thrilling victory over the Red Bulls in New York two weeks later.
The Whitecaps will try to keep that mojo going when they travel to New England to take on a dangerous Revolution team in another tough contest.
The Attack is Good, But Could it Get Better?
The Whitecaps sit in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference when it comes to goal scoring, but it's not like they wield a popgun offence. The 'Caps have 20 goals this season, but have scored 7 in their last 4 matches, and haven't been shut out this month.
Meanwhile, the Revolution have a higher overall goal total at 26, but they were shut out twice in three matches to open June, and have just 4 goals in their last 5 matches.
Though the Whitecaps could use more from pretty much every offensive player on their roster, the boys are trending up, and hopefully can pot a few more markers this weekend.
Lineup Definitely Challenged
The Whitecaps are without the services of both Gershon Koffie and Kendall Waston, who will sit due to yellow card accumulation. That's a tough loss at the Center Back position, with Deigo Rodriguez still nursing his hamstring injury.
Pa Modou Kah will have to step up to the plate big time, and the 'Caps may also have to rely on the young Tim Parker, who has shown promise in his limited appearances this season. Really though, the suspension of Waston shows just how thin the Whitecaps are at the Center Back position.
Gershon Koffie has been improving all season long and the Whitecaps will definitely miss him on Saturday, but the availability of Russell Teibert lessens the sting greatly.
In the midfield, the club may have Captain Pedro Morales and veteran Mauro Rosales back for duty, but no doubt they will still need some time to get their legs back under them, after sitting out recently due to injury. Morales has been disappointing for most of the season, while Rosales really appeared to be coming on for the club before he went down.
In short, the Whitecaps will likely have a hobbled, tired roster; Hopefully they can dig deep.
Familiar Faces in the Fold
Fans will get to see a few former Whitecaps take the pitch for the Revolution side. Lee Nguyen has established himself as one of the premier players in MLS since he joined the Rev's from the Whitecaps in 2012, including a MVP finalist nod last season.
Diago Kobayashi has been a depth option for the club, with 4 starts and 7 appearances in 2015 overall. Finally, Goal Keeper Brad Knighton has also seen limited playing time this season, with just one start under his belt. It's a far cry from his career high with the 'Caps in 2013, when he started 11 matches.
By the Way, Congrats Jordan
Jordan Harvey will make his 200th MLS apperance when he takes the pitch against the revolution, a big milestone for the veteran left back. Coach Carl Robinson had some nice things to say on WhitecapsFC.com.
"He probably doesn't get all the attention that he should, because he's just a good, solid, hard-working professional," Robinson told whitecapsfc.com this week. "But let me tell you, every team that's going to be successful in this league needs players like that and I'm delighted that we've still got him at the club. Since joining MLS, there have been a lot of changes here and I'm glad he wasn't one of them
Congratulations, Mr. Harvey.
The Whitecaps have won their last two on the road, and the Revolution are struggling a bit. I say the club is tighter defensively than last week, and come away with three points. 2-0 Whitecaps