Whitecaps Weekly Wednesday Mailbag Week 10
It’s another week for the Vancouver Whitecaps which means another Whitecaps weekly Wednesday mailbag week 10! Oh come on now, I know you are all as excited as I am!
The Caps are back home for 4 straight (3 MLS, 1 Canadian Championship) matches at BC Place. Starting Sunday afternoon against Canadian rivals Toronto FC. The match kicks off just after 1:00 pm PST as Vancouver tries to make BC Place that fortress they have talked about in the past.
Sunday will be a battle of Rest vs Rust as Vancouver hasn’t played since April 23rd and Toronto will be playing in their 4th match since April 24th. That includes a match Wednesday, May 4th in Cinncinatti. I asked Vanni if he would have preferred playing matches or having the rest?
“I was happy that we didn’t play, that gave us the possibility to really reset… and focus on this enormous number of games we have forward.” He would continue about it being like a second training camp, “I was very happy that the schedule gave us the possibility to have a preseason number two.”
Vanni Sartini’s Thoughts On The Time Off
Vanni Sartini spoke to the media Wednesday morning and was very happy about having time off and being able to train with his squad.
“So it helped us to really have a deep conversation, a one v one conversation with the players, and a lot of work on the field on things that we think we want to improve. Also, it gave us the possibility to recover a bunch of players, today we had Ryan Gauld back, and Deiber Caicedo back so it helps us in having more choices and options.”
He also noted the importance of using the Whitecaps FC 2 squad for players that needed to get minutes this week.
“We have at least six hopefully seven games in the last the next three weeks and a half. So we’ll need everyone and we’ll leave everyone with game rhythm so that you can play any game so far flow that did play only a few games called the two that didn’t play any games where we were happy to give them minutes, Pedro. The plan was also to give it to Marcus but in the end, he had some little knee problems so he couldn’t be at the game last Saturday. So it was I was it was definitely important to at least give them a little bit of freedom. Because again, everyone will be participating in the next few weeks”
He also spoke about the upcoming opponent and what they could see against Toronto FC on Sunday afternoon. “They played tonight in Cincinnati so I don’t know if they come on a week that is three games week and I don’t know if they’re gonna do some rotation. We need to be open to them to play the change or to systems sometimes it’s a back 3 sometimes it’s a back 4. So I think if it doesn’t help us to concentrate too much on them, but to be much more concentrated on us.”
Whitecaps Weekly Wednesday Mailbag Questions
Wasn’t surprised when I only got limited questions once again this week. It is hard to get excited when your team is last in the Western Conference but there should be more reason for optimism this week.
Teibert, Teibert, Teibert!
That is definitely not what Absolutely Eze is chanting every week on Twitter. I think you may get your wish this week with Ryan Gauld back healthy and training according to Vanni Sartini. I could see a midfield of Ryan Gauld and Pedro Vite with either Sebastian Berhalter or Michale Baldisimo playing lower in a more holding role.
But I hate to say it they don’t necessarily bring that defensive stability to the backline that Russell Teibert does. So I think you May (The 4th) be disappointed when the lineups come out Sunday.
When Does The Andres Cubas Era Start?
That is a great question as we have seen numerous times before Vancouver having difficulty figuring out Visa issues and work permits for players. We all remember why Ali Adnan “Best Player” was forced to leave the club, he wasn’t able to play!
June? Maybe even late June. This isn’t going to want to be what Whitecaps fans want to hear but after all of the paperwork is complete and he is able to join the squad and train it could be a month and a half until we finally see him integrated with the full squad on a regular basis. Positives… Caio Alexandre should be back by then so Vanni Sartini will have all of his options if everyone can stay healthy.
Tristan Blackmon Out Long Term
Tristan Blackmon hasn’t had any luck this season. He took a nasty knock to the head and now will be out long-term for the Whitecaps. Vanni Sartini confirmed as much on Wednesday and alluded to a possible replacement.
“He’s done very well so far. And that’s unfortunate, but also that’s something that can happen in soccer, especially contact injuries and it is what it is. The only positive note of this injury is that it happened when Erik [Godoy] came back. So at least we won’t have a crisis in numbers of defenders.”
Newly added Luis Martins did join the team in Vancouver on Tuesday and is expected to join the team in training once his International Transfer Receipt comes through. He most likely won’t be an option to start but could come off the bench as an option. Vanni Sartini spoke about his newest addition at the back.
“He has a very good left foot and he’s a player that’s fast. He can play wing-back if we play a back three. he can play left-back if we play a back 4 and he can even play CB sometimes if we play a back 3, his versatility and his quality and, what you said, the experience. We are a very young team and we needed experience.”
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver will look to start a winning streak as they take on Toronto FC at BC Place Sunday, May 8th. If The Caps want to make the playoffs they need to make sure they are not dropping points in these crucial home matches. Then Wednesday it’s the Canadian Championship as Vancouver will take on Valour FC and try and advance past their first opponent since the tournament added Canadian Premier League teams.
Make sure to check out the 90 + Podcast as Ben Righetti and I are back this week to preview the match ahead and talk about the new additions to the squad. Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes about your Vancouver Whitecaps and tune into the Sports Talk Line website for all your sports needs.
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