The Vancouver Whitecaps at Austin FC match preview Saturday, April 23rd. Vancouver will look to get their first road result of the year after falling 2-1 to CF Montreal in heartbreaking fashion last weekend. It looked like Tosaint Ricketts gave the Caps a late goal to tie things up but upon further review, it was clearly offside. In case you missed any of the match get caught up with the post-game recap right here.
The loss kept Vancouver at the bottom of the MLS Western Conference table just ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes. It has been the worst start of any season for the Whitecaps since they joined MLS but there is optimism in the locker room and head coach Vanni Sartini that they can turn things around.
“The team confidence is the right level in the sense that we have to be realistic, as you said is true, we didn’t start the way we wanted. Both for results and I would say even in performance they didn’t go the way that we wanted. So we have been very honest with each other this week and have said we need to go back to the basics. We need to really stick to the plan, if we don’t stick to the plan in the game and try and invent, that’s the moment we are not us.” Said Vanni at training on Friday afternoon.
Austin FC is coming off 3-2 come from behind win on the road against DC United. After falling down 2 goals in the first half, the men in green waited until the 80th minute to strike scoring 3 goals in the final 10 minutes plus stoppage time and taking all 3 points with a 3-2 victory over DC. Austin sits 2nd in the Western Conference after blasting out of the gate with 10 goals in their first two matches.
Vanni Sartini Looks Ahead To Austin FC
Vanni Sartini spoke to the media ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps at Austin FC match. He talked about how the team needs to focus on the things they can control and not play into Austin’s game.
“It has to be because it’s one of the hottest stadiums in the league, the fans are amazing, they are always pushing them a lot, so if we don’t start with the right mentality it will be easy to be overwhelmed. We must go to the game focused, again, on our task and not focus on the result, anything can happen, we can score after 5 minutes, we can get scored on after 5 minutes but we need to keep playing and not be influenced by the outcome of the moment but the output of the moment.”
The Whitecaps gaffer also spoke about what they could expect from Austin FC. Vancouver was able to win both matches last season against the Verde but they are a different team this season and Vanni wants his team to focus on what they need to do.
“It’s very important because they are a very good team offensively, they possess the ball very well, they are very good at building up. Even last year the game at BC Place was my second game in charge, in the 1st half they basically outplayed us a lot and then we went back to being much more aggressive and much more solid defensively… We need to take a good lesson from the memories and try and do the same for 90 minutes and not 45.”
Lucas Cavallini And Tristan Blackmon Are Ready For The Whitecaps At Austin FC
Lucas Cavallini when asked on the sense of urgency for the Whitecaps match against Austin FC Saturday night. “A must-win, I don’t think we can expect less than that, or we can ask for less [than that]. I think we need to get back on and winning the game will get us there.”
“We have had a lot of bad luck with injuries, especially with key players, we haven’t had a chance to put out the full, full strong squad. Everybody is trying to get healthy now and trying to form the best team we can, the boys are still hungry and we need to win every game we can.” Said Cavallini on what the team needs to bring to the match Saturday night at Austin FC.
On the chemistry between Brian White and Lucas Cavallini, ” Offensively we both work hard always striving to create chances on net and to help this team score goals of course… And defending wise we work well defensively and scare off the defenders.”
Tristan Blackmon also spoke on the match ahead against Austin and their dynamic offense, “Any time you get to go into a place like Austin who have a good front line and good team this year it’s going to be a big test. As a defender, you look to deal with as many opportunities as you can and try to limit the attacking for them and hopefully we get a lot of good chances and put them in the back of the net.”
News, Notes, And Projected Lineup
There will be lots of injuries for Vanni Sartini to navigate as the Whitecaps head into the match against Austin FC. Ryan Gauld is out and still dealing with concussion protocol issues, Caio Alexandre has 6 or 7 weeks of recovery left on his hand, and Leonard Owusu and Cristian Gutierrez are both out with slight knocks. Vanni Sartini spoke about the injuries and how things have been going wrong to start the season for the Whitecaps after 7 matches.
“We also have to be looking at the big picture, to be honest in this season everything that could be going wrong is going wrong, with the injuries, the concussion, and the sickness, and the covid, so everything that could go wrong is going wrong, but at the same time, I remember last year that could go well went well.”
The Caps were forced to make several calls up’s from the Whitecaps FC 2 squad. Both Vasco Fry and Ali Ahmed were called up by the big club ahead of the Whitecaps at Austin FC match preview.
“We don’t have to be focused on the guys that are out, we have to focus on the guys that are in and it also gives the chance for a couple of young guys to travel with the first team for the first time so we need to look at the positives because even with the guys we go into Austin we can get the result.”
On Pedro Vite possibly starting in the middle for Vancouver, ” We have to put the players in the situation when they can flourish. We know that Pedro is a very talented player but he’s not Ryan, they have different characteristics, Ryan is probably more dynamic and Pedro is more of a classic playmaker so we will try and save Pedro defensively.”
Here is what I could see the Vancouver Whitecaps going with as a projected starting lineup against Austin FC Saturday evening from Q2 Stadium… Look for Erik Godoy to provide an option off the bench if the Caps need him in the 2nd half.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps and Austin FC will kick things off Saturday, April 23rd just after 5:30 pm from Q2 Stadium. Austin has been a difficult place for opponents this year but maybe the Whitecaps can turn their early season luck around.
Make sure to check out the Sports Talk Line Website for a post-game recap and reaction after the match. Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes about your Vancouver Whitecaps. In case you missed it, make sure to listen to the latest episode of the 90+ podcast as Ben Righetti and I break down the Cap’s loss to CF Montreal and look ahead to Austin FC.
Vanni had a message that he was going to deliver to his squad ahead of the match against Austin FC, “Be The Whitecaps!”