It's the Whitecaps first trip to the east coast this weekend, and a date with DC United is on the plate. Vancouver will be looking to increase their undefeated streak to four, but standing in their way is a team desperate for their first win of the year.
We got in touch with Ryan Keefer from Black and Red United to get his take on DC United's situation so far.
Eighty Six Forever: So far it's only three goals in five games for you guys. Who are the players that you expect to step up for United up front?
Black and Red United: I think the drought has been due in part to a reconfigured midfield; from the last time Vancouver played D.C. (and lost, ahem), the only midfielder that returned is Nick DeLeon, and he's playing in the center after moving from the outside, playing in a role positionally similar to the recently retired Davy Arnaud. They've been shooting more (2nd in the League after being last and next to last in the last two years), but shot accuracy and quality is left wanting; if anyone wants to set up a prop bet on the number of blocked shots Fabian Espindola will do from 20 yards out of net, they should probably do so. Espindola's form has been horrible in the regular season thus far and he needs to regain his 2014 form, or some manner of it, for D.C. to have some measure of success.
86F: This is the first year that Travis Worra is your starting goalkeeper. Do you think that he is capable of reaching Bill Hamid's level?
86F: Off season signing Lamar Neagle had earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against the Quakes last week. What are you hoping that he will bring to the team this year?