Stop me if you've heard this one before; The Vancouver Whitecaps will be short some key players when they take to the pitch this weekend.
The Whitecaps have been fighting discipline problems pretty much the entire season, and will be without Captain Pedro Morales, Defender Kendall Waston and striker Octavio Rivero over the weekend due to suspension. All three are blows to the Whitecaps lineup, but it's especially a shame to see Rivero sit. After struggling for the majority of the season, the striker has gotten a bit of a hot streak going with goals in two of his past three contests.
"I accept it when it deserves to be a red card," Robinson said. "For example, Kendall against Portland, it deserved to be a red card. With Pedro Morales ... it was relayed to me that he was sent off because he pushed him in the face. I wouldn't condone that and I wouldn't argue if that's what took place. But it didn't happen and there was clear video evidence that it didn't happen. That's the disappointing thing."
The team will be getting a boost in the midfield, as Christian Bolanos is set to return from Copa America duty. Still though, cards and suspension has become a re-occurring theme for the Whitecaps this season, and they will have to figure out how to be physical without crossing the line moving forward.
Surely MLS referees will be keeping a closer eye on the team if they continue to build up that type of reputation. (Or maybe they already are?)