Whitecaps Visit Austin FC Wednesday, August 18th For The First Time
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The Vancouver Whitecaps Visit Austin FC for the first time on Wednesday, August 18th. The expansion side opened up the doors to their new Stadium on June 19th in a 0-0 draw. It will also be the Whitecaps’ first match against Austin after rescheduling their previous match for September.
Both teams are struggling to find the back of the net. Vancouver is coming off a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. While Austin FC lost 1-0 to Real Salt Lake. Scoring has been hard to come by for both teams as the Whitecaps are 24th in scoring and Austin FC sits last with only 13 goals this season. They have been held scoreless in 12 matches already this season.
This could be good news for Whitecaps Keeper Maxime Crepeau. He has allowed just 3 goals in 3 matches since returning from duty with the Canada Men’s National team. The Whitecaps will try and push their unbeaten streak to 6 matches (1-0-4).
Marc Dos Santos Not Looking Past Austin FC
Head Coach Marc Dos Santos spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon with his thoughts on the Austin FC Match, “Austin is a team that is very pushed when they play home by their fans a lot, it is an environment that the fans are very close to the field. it’s extra energy for them. A fast field, a team that likes to press, and that likes in the moments of possession to keep it. What I know from Josh Wolff it’s the way that he thinks the game so we are very clear on what type of opponent and how hard it is going to be.’
On if the team would be focused on the match at hand and not looking forward to the home match Saturday at BC Place Marc said, “I live with them every day and I am with them in meetings and meal rooms and I am very very at peace about the focus they have for tomorrow.”
“I don’t even think about Saturday so I am very confident everyone that everyone is locked in for tomorrow. Let’s worry about Saturday when our plane arrives.”
“Hostile? Nothing is Hostile for us anymore. I think right now hostile…You know when you’ve played in Seattle in LAFC, in Galaxy, In Dallas, In Minnesota, we’re ready for it.” On his thoughts playing in hostile territory as the Whitecaps visit Austin FC.
News, Notes, and Lineups Whitecaps Visit Austin FC
Expect changes to the lineup for the Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday night. Cristian Dajome should return to action up top with Brian White and Deiber Caicedo. Javain Brown was forced out of the last match against San Jose but will be available for tonight.
Unfortunately for Vancouver Caio Alexandre suffered a foot injury at practice on the weekend. He won’t be available as he returned to Vancouver for further evaluation. Marc Dos Santos will have his share of options in the midfield. Leonard Owusu started the last match with Janio Bikel and Russell Teibert. Ryan Gauld came on in the 59th minute against the Earthquakes and could see more time against Austin FC.
Erik Godoy can’t catch a break as he is also back in Vancouver with an injury. Just as Erik was starting to get into fine form and develop good chemistry with Ranko Veselinovic. Hopefully, he can make a speedy recovery. Ranko should be joined once again at Center back by Andy Rose. Javain Brown and Jake Nerwinski should round out the back 4.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps visit Austin FC Wednesday night at 6:00 pm PST. It will be a battle for the last place in the MLS Western Conference standings. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates during the match.
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