The Whitecaps at Pacific FC clash in the Canadian Championship from Starlight Stadium on August 26th. It will be the first head-to-head matchup between the MLS and Canadian Premier League side. The Battle Of The Salish Sea, The BC Battle, or whatever you want to call it, Thursday night will be an exciting match.
The Whitecaps are heading into the match on a bit of a hot streak. 2 wins in a row to go along with 5 draws before that for a 7 game unbeaten streak. New designated player Ryan Gauld has made an impact in both matches as his 89th-minute winner lifted Vancouver past LAFC. For a full recap of the Caps, 2-1 win over LAFC check it out right here.
Vancouver will put MLS on hold as they start their road to the Voyageurs Cup and a place in the CONCACAF Champions League next season. Expect head coach Marc Dos Santos to go with a strong lineup against Pacific FC. Not only will he want to continue rolling off the wins. He will also want to make up for the nightmare that was losing to Cavalry FC in the Canadian Championship in 2019.
Pacific FC sits atop the Canadian Premier League Standings with 25 points. They are coming off a defeat Friday, August 20th, 2-1 against Cavalry FC. Two first-half goals and the Calgary side was able to hold on for the 2-1 lead. Terrance Campbell would get one back for the home side on a penalty kick in the 89th minute but it was too late. Pacific FC and head coach Pa-Modou Kah will try and turn things around as they take on their cross-water rivalry.
News, and Notes For The Whitecaps At Pacific FC Showdown
Both teams will have to start 3 a minimum of 3 Canadian players. For Pacific FC they will have their share of choices with 19 Canadian players on the roster. Unfortunately for Pa-Modou Kah, he will be without some options Thursday night. Attacking Midfielder Marco Bustos is still out for Pacific FC rehabbing an injury he suffered earlier in August.
Pacific FC will start to have dangerous players that Vancouver will need to watch. Terran Campbell has netted 4 goals in just 12 appearances this season while Alejandro Diaz has also chipped in 4 goals. Another thing to watch at Starlight Stadium will be the home fans. With live sports just returning, Pacific FC has gotten lots of support, and tonight’s match will be a sell-out in limited Covid-19 Capacity.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are dealing with injury woes of their own. Caio Alexandre had successful surgery on his foot after an injury at training. He will be out for the remainder of the season and has gone home to recover. Lucas Cavallini has been doing some running at training but will still be unavailable for this match. Erik Godoy is still out for the Whitecaps while Cristian Gutierrez is listed as questionable.
For the 3 Canadians, we should expect to see Maxime Crepeau Thursday night and Maybe Thomas Hasal On Sunday night. If Gutierrez is fit he would check off another Canadian and then Michael Baldisimo or Russell Teibert could start in the midfield. With matches coming quickly Marc Dos Santos also has the option of starting Tosaint Ricketts and then bringing on Brian White in the second half off the bench.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps at Pacific FC Clash at 7:00 pm Thursday night from Langford’s Starlight Stadium. I will be down covering the match so be sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest updates during the match. Then check out Sports Talk Line Network for a full match recap, including post-game media and “The Unnamed Moments Of The Match.”
And stay tuned for a special Friday episode of The Unnamed Sports show. I will take a look back on the match and a look ahead to the match on Sunday night against Real Salt Lake.