Whitecaps Host Austin FC

Whitecaps Host Austin FC Saturday, September 4th As They Look To Stay On A Winning Streak

The Vancouver Whitecaps host Austin FC Saturday afternoon at BC Place Stadium as they look to extend their 3 game winning streak. Vancouver can also extend their club-record 9 straight unbeaten streak which started on July 17th with a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy.

The Whitecaps are coming off one of their most impressive victories in memory. They dismantled Real Salt Lake 4-1 for new Interim Coach Vanni Sartini’s first victory. For a full match recap from last week check out right here. An opening half own goal would set the stage and the strong play would be rewarded in the second half. Brain White and Florian Jungwirth would get on the board along with 1 goal and 1 assist from Rayn Gauld to get another MLS Team Of The Week nomination.

Team Of The Week For Ryan Gauld Before The Whitecaps Host Austin FC

The Whitecaps sit right outside the playoff line in the MLS Western Conference with 26 points. If they want to make a push for the playoffs they will need to take care of things at home against Austin FC this week and Portland Timbers on Sept. 10th. Vanni Sartini spoke about the upcoming match as the Whitecaps host Austin FC.

“It’s being focused on the task, we need to be task orientated, we need to be objective orientated and we need to be really 100% focused on what “I” need to do for the team… and only if I do this can I gave 110 %, If I am just emotionally charged and not trying to help the team if I over commit I could put my teammates in the trouble.” He would continue on the play of Austin FC.

Whitecaps Host Austin FC
Whitecaps Host Austin FC

“It’s a team that’s very structured, they play a very clear philosophy and it can in two ways: When things are not going very well because they are playing so clear, it’s almost quote on quote “easier to scout them and understand how they are going to play.” But when things are going to go well and players are in 100% tune I think it is a really really really hard team to play, and they can play a good brand of soccer, a quality brand of soccer.”

Head coach Josh Wolff and Austin FC are coming into Saturday night after a 5-3 loss to Dallas FC. Jesus Ferreira would open the scoring in the 5th minute but Austin would respond just 8 minutes later. Julio Cascante would score in the 13th minute to tie things up 1-1. Things would stay tied until the 36th minute where Dallas FC put the game out of reach in 6 minutes.

Ricardo Pepi would score twice and Ferriera would add one more of his own as Dallas took a 4-1 lead into the half. Jader Obrain would make it 5-1 and Austin would add two late to make it a respectable final. It wasn’t a good match for Austin in front of their home fans despite controlling over 62% of possession.

Lineup News and Notes As Whitecaps Host Austin FC

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vanni Sartini will be forced into certain lineup changes due to injury and World Cup Qualification call-ups. Maxime Crepeau and Lucas Cavallini are with the Canada National Team while Javain Brown made an appearance for the Jamaican side on Thursday night against Mexico. Thomas Hasal has looked solid in his time covering for Maxime and should get the start between the sticks.

Whitecaps host Austin FC

Jake Nerwinksi was on the bike and not training with the first team Friday at training. Bruno Gaspar and newcomer Marcus Godinho should get the start at Fullback for the Whitecaps. Ranko Veselinovic and Florian Jungwirth have built chemistry both on and off the pitch. According to the injury report, Nerwinski, Cristian Gutierrez are out while Andy Rose is Doubtful and Ranko is Questionable. I asked Ranko what it is like to play with Florian, “It’s nice to have such an experienced player next to you in the back line, it gives me extra confidence.”

Janio Bikel and Leonard Owusu both started the last match in the middle of the park with Russell Teibert. Against Austin FC I could see Ryan Gauld dropping back in a midfield role but higher up the park in what looks more like a 4-2-3-1 formation. Deiber Caicedo and Cristian Dajome are on the wings with Brian White playing up top.

Austin FC

Expect to see a similar lineup to what Vancouver saw back in Austin on August 18th. The expansion side has started to find it scoring form of late with 7 goals in the last 3 matches. Alexander Ring scored in the last match and against Vancouver and the Austin Captain will try and drive play once again through the midfield. He will try and pick out the likes of Deigo Fagundez, Sebastian Driussi and Cecilio Dominguez.

Whitecaps Host Austin FC

The backline will be solid with Matt Besler and Cascante at centerback. Brad Stuver will take his normal place in net for Austin FC. Veteran Nick Lima will run the right side of the backline with Zan Kolmanic primed to get another start on the right side.

Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps will kick off action against Austin FC Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm PST from BC Place. A nice early match that Vancouver will need to take all 3 points from. With 13 matches left in the regular season and as the MLS power rankings so nicely pointed out, no other competitions to worry about, the caps need to come away with wins.

I will be over in Vancouver early to cover your Vancouver Whitecaps so make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0. Check back after the match for a full recap including post-game comments from the coach and players, The Unnamed Moments Of The match, and a whole lot more.

Want another way to get ready for Saturday’s match? Check out the latest episode of The Unnamed Sports Show as your host Joshua Griffith chats with Dan Riccio from Sportsnet 650 about the coaching decision, Ryan Gauld, and if the team can get past the playoff line.

Whitecaps Host Austin FC

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