Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake Preview

Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview August 29th: The Battle of Interim Coaches

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The Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview for Sunday, night August 29th from BC Place Stadium. Two teams without coaches. As the Vancouver Whitecaps and Marc Dos Santos Parted ways, read more about that here for Sports Talk Line. Real Salt Lake also saw their head coach Freddy Juarez part ways with the organization. What I am calling the “Coachless Bowl”, will feature two squads looking to find their place in the MLS Western Conference.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming off a horrible 4-3 loss to Pacific FC a win against LAFC 2-1 which saw new designated player Ryan Gauld find the back of the net for a late winner. For a full recap of the Whitecaps vs LAFC 2-1 victory check out right here. Vancouver will look to continue their 8 games unbeaten streak under new head coach Vanni Sartini.

Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview | Sports Talk Line
Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview

Real Salt Lake will look to Pablo Mastroeni to get back into the win column after a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids. Albert Rusnak was able to score the first goal in the 51st minute but the Rapids crashed back with two unanswered goals. Deigo Rubio and Mark-Anthony Kaye would net the two goals for Colorado. Real Salt Lake has 2 wins and 3 losses in their past 5 matches and sits 6th in the MLS Western Conference with 27 points and a 7-7-6 record.

The Whitecaps are currently 10th in the Western Conference with 23 points and a 5-7-8 record. Despite a streak of 1 win, 5 draws and 2 more wins it wasn’t enough to allow MDS to keep his job. Vancouver will look to try and move up in the MLS standings as the Canadian Championship is once again out of reach this season.

News, Notes, And Lineups For Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview

We know that one lineup change will come on the touchline with Vanni Sartini leading the squad. Jake Nerwinski suffered an injury at training and is unavailable for tonight’s match. Vancouver will also be without Cristian Gutierrez which will test their fullback depth. Javain Brown and Bruno Gaspar should start at fullback with new signing Marcus Godinho providing depth off the bench. If Erik Godoy is fit he should slot back in for Andy Rose to join Ranko Veselinovic at CB.

Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview | Sports Talk Line
Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake Preview

If Ryan Gauld’s fitness is up to speed he might start again for the Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake. Leonard Owusu and Janio Bikel are also options in the midfield but if Michael Baldisimo is healthy he should get back into the lineup. Cristian Dajome, Brian White, and Deiber Caicedo should make up the front 3.

For Real Salt Lake and Interim coach Pablo Mastroeni, they will be without Damir Kreilach due to suspension. They will still have lots of dangerous options with Albert Rusnak, Justin Meram, and Rubio Rubin. RSL comes into this match rested as they last played on August 21st in the 2-1 loss to Colorado. With such a limited time to change tactics, this should be a match of new coaches playing the former coaches’ strategies.

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The match gets underway get after 7:00 pm PST at BC place Sunday night. It will be curious to see what kind of crowd shows up. Are they a disgruntled crowd looking at a terrible 4-3 loss to a Canadian Premier League squad, or are they looking ahead to what could be in MLS if they keep stringing together results?

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 throughout the match for the latest news and updates from inside BC Place stadium. Stay tuned for lots of post-game coverage on the Sports Talk Line website.

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