Vancouver Whitecaps at San Jose Earthquakes
When: March 11th, 2017, at 7 pm.
Where: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California
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The Vancouver Whitecaps travel to San Jose this weekend to take on the Earthquakes, looking for their first win of the season. The Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw against the Union last weekend, and given the tight schedule the Whitecaps have to deal with, it might be a struggle for them to score goals this weekend, as well.
The Whitecaps have a compact schedule thanks to their CONCACAF Champions League duty, as they take on the Tigres UANL on Tuesday. With two matches in four days, that begs the obvious question; Will Carl Robinson put out his best starting 11 against the ‘Quakes? Clearly the Whitecaps are going to prioritize the CCL Semi-Final match, and that may mean plenty of back-ups and youth in the lineup this weekend. Will Robinson be willing to play veterans like Brek Shea or Fredy Montero? You would think younger players like Alphonso Davies and Kekuta Manneh may get some minutes, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them on the bench for the majority of the contest.
The Whitecaps are still waiting on the return of Christian Bolanos and Yordy Reyna, however, the recently re-signed Nicolas Mezquida made a brief substitute appearance last week, as he works his way back to regular minutes. The Whitecaps are thin at creative midfielders at the moment, and Nico’s return is a welcome addition.
The Earthquakes come into the match after a season opening, 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. Veteran MLS striker Chris Wondolowski is still the center-piece of the attack, and the Whitecaps backline will have to keep their eyes on him. Wondo scored an assist on Anibal Godoy’s match-winner against the Impact, and has also been showing some chemistry with newcomer Marco Urena.
If the Whitecaps can pull out a victory, it will be the first time they’ve done it on the Earthquakes turf. The ‘Caps are a dismal 0W-2L-6D in San Jose.