The Vancouver Whitecaps at LAFC will try and muster their first win of the season against some familiar faces. After a tough 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo, things won’t get any easier before the international break. The Whitecaps will remain on the road Sunday night at Banc Of California Stadium.
Their test will be Maxime Crepeau, Doneil Henry, Carlos Vela, and oh, Marc Dos Santos. LAFC headed into week 3 of MLS action at the top of the Western Conference standings after a 2-0-1 start. LA is coming off an impressive 2-0 road victory against Miami FC.
The Whitecaps can take some positives from what seems like a daunting matchup. They were 1-0-2 against LAFC last season with a win at BC Place and two draws down in the City of Angels. It will be an uphill climb without some key pieces and a very hot home side.
Lineup Predictions, News, And Notes For Whitecaps At LAFC Preview
Vanni Sartini and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be without Brian White once again Sunday night. The American striker who helped carry Vancouver to the playoffs last season has only seen 26 minutes so far this season while dealing with a calf injury. Vancouver will also be without Erik Godoy and Caio Alexandre.
Ryan Gauld will be unavailable as he did not travel with the team down to LA as he deals with an abductor injury. I can report that Gauld did not travel with the team down to LA. This could change the formation once again for Head Coach Vanni Sartini who has used 3 different formations in each match this year so far.
The backline of Tristan Blackmon, Ranko Veselinovic, and Florian Jungwirth has looked solid the past two matches. Pedro Vite will be ready to go after an unfortunate early substitution in the last match for concussion protocol.
With limited striker options and Gauld out. The chances are that Head coach Vanni Sartini will have to change his formation for the 4th time in four matches. Look for him to go back to a 3-1-4-2 formation with Lucas Cavallini and Deiber Caicedo up top.
Tosaint Ricketts Thoughts On The Caps Facing Familiar Foes
“I’m not talking to them this week.” Tosaint Ricketts joined me this week on The Unnamed Sports Show and I asked him about playing against some familiar faces on the opposing squad this week and if there is some extra motivation?
“Of course, I mean there is no shortage of motivation when you are going up against your ex-manager, your ex-player of the year and your goalkeeper, and a good friend of mine Doneil Henry, and an ex-Whitecap as well. There is no shortage of motivation and that’s definitely going to drive us into this weekend and turn on that mentality and get that competitive juice flowing.”
If you missed the interview on The Unnamed Sports Show with Tosaint Ricketts make sure to check out the full thing right here! I had so much fun talking with Tosaint about his role on and off the field this year and what he can bring to the Caps in a veteran role.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps at LAFC preview will get you ready for a big Sunday night. Can Vancouver leave with a result or will they head into the international break winless and at the bottom of the MLS table? Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes as we move towards kick-off.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of the 90+ Podcast as Ben and I preview the match. we are joined by Alicia Rodriguez, editor, and writer for SB nation who covers LAFC, to break down things from an opponent’s perspective.
And be sure to check out the Sports Talk Line Network for the post-game recap with thoughts from Vanni Sartini and players, The Unnamed Moments of The Match, and a whole lot more. Check out all Sports Talk Lines coverage as sports heat up in March.