The Whitecaps at Dynamo match preview for Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 from BBVA Stadium. The Vancouver Whitecaps will head out on the road for their final match before the international break. Marc Dos Santos and the squad will try and battle the Houston heat and Dynamo.
Vancouver is coming off a terrible 3-0 loss to Sporting KC. In case you missed it and are a gluten for punishment you can check it out here. It was a game to forget as the Whitecaps were outmatched at every aspect. Maxime Crepeau did have a strong game to keep the score at just 3. It was the second straight match without a goal for Vancouver, as they also look for their first from open play.
The Houston Dynamo are also coming off a loss last week. They feel 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids on the road. Colorado came out with 2 goals in the first 36 minutes before Houston got one back. Cristian Ramirez had a nice strike under the defender in the 39th minute but Houston would seal it before the end of the 1st half. Neither team scored in the second as the Rapids sat on their 2 goal advantage.
Houston sits in 7th place going into today’s action in the Western Conference standings with a 2-2-2 record through 6 matches. Vancouver is right behind them in 9th place with a 2-3-1 record. The Whitecaps will be in tough tonight as Houston has yet to lose at home, going 2-0-1.
Lineups, News, and Notes Whitecaps at Dynamo Match Preview
Head coach Marc Dos Santos has his full complement of players at his disposal for tonight’s match. Except for Ali Adnan of course who has joined the Iraq National Team for training and matches. He will make 5 changes to the squad that fell 3-0 to Sporting KC. Maxime Crepeau keeps his spot in the net but a completely revamped backline. Javain Brown makes his first Whitecaps and MLS start at LB, Andy Rose is back healthy and joins Erik Godoy at CB, and Bruno Gaspar gets back in at RB.
Vancouver will also go back to their 4-4-2 formation with Janio Bikel and Caio Alexandre holding down the midfield. Russell Teibert gets back into the lineup on the left side with the Cristian Dajome on the right. Deiber Caicedo and Lucas Cavallini take up their normal spots up top for the Whitecaps. We will need to see more finish this match if Vancouver has any hopes of walking away with a result.
The Houston Dynamo and Coach Tab Ramos will make 6 changes to the squad and a formation change to a 4-3-3. Marko Maric stays in the net with Adam Lundqvist, Boniek Garcia, Zarek Valentin, and a familiar face, former Whitecap Tim Parker. From left to right Joe Corona, Derrick Jones and Ariel Lassiter will patrol the mid line. Memo Rodriguez and Fafa Picault will flank Max Urruti up top for the Dynamo.
David Ganter will referee the match Saturday evening with Alejandro Mariscal on VAR duties. The teams won’t have to battle with the Houston heat but they may have to deal with some rain. It will important for Vancouver to get off to a fast start in this match. They won’t want to go down and be chasing the Dynamo on the road. It will be interesting to see the backline pairing of Godoy and Rose. Will, they will be able to stop defensive lapses the team has had in past matches?
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