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Match Preview: Whitecaps Set to Take on Tigres UANL

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The Whitecaps are trying to buck MLS history in Mexico

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS TIGRES UANL

The Vancouver Whitecaps are readying to take on the Tigres UANL in their CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Final match on Tuesday afternoon in Mexico. Given the Whitecaps decided to rest the majority of their starters on Saturday, in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, it’s safe to say the Whitecaps will have plenty of questions to answer if they don’t put forth a good effort.

While much fanfare has been made about the Whitecaps run to the semi-final, they are taking to the pitch against a heavily favored squad boasting a scary looking roster. Fellow SBnation site Big D Soccer has done a great write-up of the Champions League contenders, and had this to say about the Whitecaps opponent.

Tigres boasts one of the most talented squads in the Americas, and that talent was on full display as they dismantled fellow Liga MX side Pumas on their way to a 4-1 aggregate CCL Quarterfinals win.

With super star players like Andre-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas, and Jurgen Damm to name a few. Tigres is the clear cut favorite to lift the CCL trophy.

If the Whitecaps can’t keep up with this squad, that nice ‘Cinderella-story-feeling’ that currently surrounds this team will dissipate in a hurry. Now, if my pessimism hasn’t dampened your spirits enough, don’t forget the history surrounding MLS clubs and trips to Mexico.

According to the WhitecapsFC.com preview, MLS clubs are a paltry 2-42-8 in Mexico, so the odds certainly don’t seem to be in the Whitecaps favor.

The Roster

No doubt the Whitecaps will be playing their best 11, as they look to break through against the Tigres. Here’s the submitted 23 man roster. The Whitecaps will be looking to their mix of youthful speed (Manneh, Davies) and veteran strikers (Shea, Montero) to get the job done. They will be without Russell Teibert due to yellow accumulation, and Mauro Rosales, who is ineligible after appearing for FC Dallas in the group stages. Otherwise, the Whitecaps are boasting a full roster, and the match will be a true litmus test to see just how good they can be. The ‘Caps certainly have some big names on their roster, and now, albeit very early in the season, they have to go out and prove why they are considered big names. This is a huge match.

The match goes at 7 pm pt