Whitecaps at Sporting KC Preview May 16th
The Whitecaps at Sporting KC preview for Sunday morning. The two teams will kick off at 11:00 am PST from Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. Both Vancouver and Sporting KC are coming off 1-0 losses and sit with identical 2-1-2 records. The last time these two teams met was in the Orlando bubble. The teams went scoreless 0-0, on way to Sporting KC winning on penalty kicks.
The Whitecaps fell 1-0 to Minnesota United FC on Wednesday evening. A 72nd-minute header from Ramon Abila was enough for the Loons to get their first win of the season. For an in-depth recap of the match check out my post-game right here. The Whitecaps were held scoreless for the second time this season. It wasn't due to a lack of chances as Cristian Dajome, Lucas Cavallini, and others all had good chances.
Sporting Kansas City is also coming off of a 1-0 loss. They fell in Texas to the Houston Dynamo. A scoreless first half before Houston would capitalize on the counter in the 56th minute. Max Urruti would rush back and fire one past John Pulskamp.
News, Notes, and Lineups Whitecaps at Sporting KC Preview
Head Coach Marc Dos Santos will make 3 changes to his lineup from the mid-week match. Derek Cornelius comes in for Andy Rose at CB, who is out with an abductor strain. Jake Nerwinski gets back into the starting lineup replacing Bruno Gaspar at right back. He is also dealing with a minor knee injury that will keep him off the bench.
And the young Canadian Ryan Raposo gets the start on the right replacing Russel Teibert. Deiber Caicedo moves to the left side and Dajome and Cavallini up top. Maxime Crepeau gets the start in net and Ranko Veselinovic and Cristian Gutierrez round out the backline. Caio Alexandre and Janio Bikel will try and have another strong match. Erik Godoy is back on the bench for the Whitecaps for the first time this season after dealing with injuries.
Sporting Kansas City FC and coach Peter Vermes will also make changes. Tim Melia is back healthy and in net for SKC but Johnny Russell is out with an injury. He will be replaced by Daniel Salloi who joins Alan Pulido and Khiry Shelton up top in a 4-3-3. Roger Espinoza checks back into the lineup in the midfield with Gianluca Busio and Gadi Kinda.
The back 4 in front of Melia will be Luis Martins, Andreau Fontas, Ilie Sanchez, and Graham Zusi. The absence of Johnny Russell is a tough loss for Sporting KC but it is good news for Whitecaps fans.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting KC Preview will get you ready for the match. Kick-off is set for 11:08 so make sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest news and updates during the match.
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