Whitecaps and Impact Preview Sunday Night
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Impact Preview for Sunday, September 13th. Both teams are coming off matches against Toronto FC. The Impact fell 2-1 at Stade Saputo on Wednesday on an 89th minute Jozy Altidore Goal. The win for TFC eliminated the Whitecaps from the Canadian Championship and leave Montreal with a tremendous hill to climb needing all 6 points and goals to catch Toronto.
Vancouver is coming off a 3-2 win against TFC in their first home match in 189 days. In case you missed the match you can get caught up here. Toronto was able to tie things up twice before Jake Nerwinksi would give Vancouver the 3-2 lead and keeper Thomas Hasal would preserve the victory with some great saves.
The Whitecaps will come into Sundays match fresh not having played for 8 days and waiting comfortably at home for the Impact. Montreal played Wednesday and then traveled out west where they will remain for matches Sunday and Wednesday night. Vancouver will be the fresher team and need to take advantage right away. The Canadian Championship might be out of reach but it will be an important 6 points before the team heads off on the road.
Previous Results: Whitecaps and Impact Preview
The Whitecaps 3-2 win saw Lucas Cavallini break his scoring slump with a beautiful header in the 17th minute. Some positive possession and a nice switch by young Canadian Michael Baldisimo gave Ali Adnan a load of room down the left side. He whipped in a great ball that bounced perfectly on the turf before. Jonathan Osario would level it at one in the first half with a volley that beat Hasal. It was a technical masterpiece in the 25th minute on a cross from Alejandro Pozuelo.
The second half for the Whitecaps and TFC would provide a rollercoaster of emotions for VWFC fans. Baldisimo would take the lead for Vancouver with a rocket strike off a blocked free-kick. It was goal of the week caliber and the celebration was on point with a back handspring. It was nice enough along with the rest of Baldisimos' game also earn him a spot on the Team of the Week Bench.
After TFC would tie it up once again in the 71st minute thanks to Pozuelo and Pablo Piatti. Both players were dangerous all night, and when Piatti found Pozuelo at the back post, no one was shocked. Vancouver would press on and off another set-piece, King of the 6, ShotGun Jake Nerwinski, choose your nickname. Would get the 3-2 goal that would give the Whitecaps a much-needed home victory and 3 points.
Montreal looked to have at least one point in the bag Wednesday. A heartbreaker by Altidore silenced the small physically distanced crowd. Piatti would give TFC the lead in the 32nd minute and things would stay that way until the half. Give Richie Laryea all the credit on the goal as he beat several Impact players before squaring to Piatti.
The Impact would equalize in the 53rd minute thanks to Victor Wanyama. It was initially called back for offside but after review, the goal stood. Bring on the late goal by Altidore. A great long ball by Nick Deleon and Jozy was able to beat Clement Diop. It was a terrible way to finish what was an otherwise all right match by Montreal.
Whitecaps And Impact Preview, Lineups, and Notes
Eric Godoy got the start in Saturdays match against TFC at right-back and he should be fit to start again if head coach Marc Dos Santos goes that route. The Whitecaps went with a 4-3-1-2 last week and I would expect a similar formation. Janio Bikel could slot into the midfield if he is healthy or could be an option off the bench. Michael Baldisimo should see more playing time after 2 solid performances in the midfield.
Bryan Meredith should be good to back up young Thomas Hasal as Maxime Crepeau is still out healing from thumb surgery. Upfront for the Whitecaps vs Impact expect to see Theo Bair and Cavallini who looked to build a partnership the last match. Coach MDS spoke after the match about liking the pair together. Jasser Khmiri is out again and we can only hope it's not related to what delayed his debut for so long last season.
The Impact will be at relatively full strength and will rely on the play of Samuel Piette, Saphir Taider, and Romell Quioto. The last time the two teams met back on August 25th Quioto was all over the pitch giving the Caps fits. His goal along with Lassi Lappalainen's gave the Impact the 2-0 win. Montreal needs to repeat that performance for both matches if they want to level Toronto for a spot in the Canadian Championship.
Head coach Theirry Henry will look to move his team up from 8th in the Eastern Conference standings. He started to settle in after a shaky start to his MLS coaching career. He is 3-3-4 in his first 10 matches but has the Impact playing more collective football. Things should be relatively even it will depend on which team wants to capitalize on their chances.
Pierre-Luc Lauziere will be the referee for tonights match. Drew Fischer is the VAR official so let's hope nothing needs to be reviewed. Chris Wattam and Lyes Arfa are the assistant referees with Silviu Petrescu working as the 4th official.
Sports Talk Lines Whitecaps Coverage
The Whitecaps and Impact kick off Sunday evening from BC Place just after 6:30 and Sports Talk Line has you covered. Check out a special episode of the Unnamed Sports Show today where I chat with Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic of Between The Sticks Van City and Co-Host of The 3rd Sub Podcast with Samuel Rowan. We talk about the Whitecaps 3-2 win against TFC and look ahead with a Whitecaps and Impact preview.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates and news from BC Place tonight during the match. Also check back to Sports Talk Line after the game for Post-game, also media from the coach and players, and lots more.