Who: Vancouver vs. San Jose
Where: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA.
When: Sunday, 2PM PST
This is the final away game of the season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Their season is essentially over with no meaningful games left to play as they have squandered their invitation to the MLS playoff party. San Jose sits one position ahead of Vancouver in the Western Conference standings but are also eliminated from playoff contention. So if you are watching the game on Sunday afternoon, it is because you are a hardcore Whitecaps fan to the bitter end, or you are trapped in your home as a typhoon rages around you and your block has somehow managed not to lose its power.
The 'Caps will be without Pedro Morales who is serving a suspension for his red card elbow to the head, and Blas Perez, who is suspended for his apparent kick to the upper thigh of an opponent in the same match. Normally, this is when coaches trot out the young guns to see what they've got, only, WFC2 has a Western Conference final Saturday against Swope Park Rangers and will have all guns on deck. This leaves us without rookie sensation Alphonso Davies and other young Canadians knocking at the door like, Brett Levis or Marco Bustos and brings back the usual first team regulars to play for pride and their jobs.
Do we see the 4-4-2 with Hurtado and Kudo up top? Would there be another striker on the bench to replace them if we did? Is there anything left for the regular starters to prove that 32 games haven't already decided? For me, a pleasant surprise would be to see Christian Dean return to the pitch, whether he is ready is another issue. Otherwise, what will motivate you to watch the game?