Wednedsday, May 11th
BC Place, Vancouver
Time 7 PM
TV TSN 2
Radio Team 1040
Back to the Grind
The Vancouver Whitecaps are being put back to work quickly, as they get ready to battle Chicago Fire at BC Place on Wednesday, just a few days after topping the Portland Timbers 2-1 in Vancouver. The win was a big one for Vancouver, who needed a better showing after a disappointing loss to NYCFC a week prior.
Heading into the Match
While the Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to win their second straight contest, the Chicago Fire are still playing catch-up in regards to their schedule. They are currently have just one win in seven matches, and sit with a 1-2-4 record and just seven points overall. That puts them at the bottom of the MLS table, one point behind the Western Conference basement-dwelling Houston Dynamo.
However, the Fire have only played seven matches so far in the 2016 campaign, the lowest amount in Major League Soccer. By comparison, the Whitecaps will be playing in their twelfth contest of the season on Wednesday. The Fire have only played on the road twice this year, and have come away with draws in both of them.
The two sides have met once this year already, a 3-1 preseason win for Chicago.
Where is the heat from the Fire?
In a problem Whitecaps fans know all too well, the Fire are having some trouble getting their attack going this year. Through seven matches, Chicago has just seven goals. The club moved on from former MLS MVP Mike Magee in the off-season, and there haven't been a ton of players ready to pick up his production. Kennedy Igboananike has three goals this season, but he's one of just four members of the Fire that have actually gotten a goal this year.
Fellow SBNation site Hot Time in Old Town had a nice piece on the struggles the Fire are currently facing in their attack, and it boils down to low shot totals. Definitely worth a read.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps attack is recovering from that horrid stretch in April, in which they failed to score a goal in three straight games. While they still have some wrinkles to iron out, the Whitecaps have scored two or more goals in three of their past four matches. The attack should be strengthened by the return of Kekuta Manneh, who returns from his one match suspension.
Prediction: Whitecaps capitalize on a struggling team, win 2-0