It’s Whitecaps at Toronto FC match preview time as Vancouncer begins a lengthy homestand in May. Vancouver will get back in action for the first time in two weeks as we get a test of rest vs rust between the two sides. Toronto will be playing their 4th match since April 24th including a recent weekend and midweek home and home series with FC Cincinnati.
Vancouver hasn’t played since a 3-0 loss to Austin FC two weeks ago. Their scheduled match last weekend with the Sounders was rescheduled due to the CONCACAF Champions League final. Of course, it wasn’t the Caps that were involved. Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini mentioned he was happy with the timing of the break.
“I was very happy that the schedule gave us the possibility to have a preseason number two.” It came at a perfect time for the struggling Whitecaps. Several players also got time with the WFC 2 squad over the weekend which should help them stay game ready. Florian Jungwirth, Pedro Vite, Erik Godoy, and a handful of others all slotted in for the second side.
It will be a long road out of the MLS Western Conference basement for the Vancouver Whitecaps. But there is no better time to start than at the beginning of a lengthy homestand. 3 straight MLS Matches at home could see Vancouver make BC Place a fortress.
Projected Lineup, Injury News, And Notes
The Whitecaps are starting to get fully healthy with Ryan Gauld back at training. They will still be without Cristian Gutierrez, Leonard Owusu, and Caio Alexandre. Tristan Blackmon will be out for the foreseeable future but Erik Godoy is back available for the squad. Vanni Sartini talked about the injury to Blackmon and how it was the best-case scenario with Godoy returning.
“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.”
Vanni was also very coy about the possible formation we could see on Sunday afternoon against Toronto FC. “There is always a chance for everything, a back 3 a back 4, a back 3 and a half… there will be chances of that because again we worked on that the last couple of weeks.” He also mentioned having to play formation based on player availability. What could we see out of Vancouver Sunday against TFC?
Despite the mention of 4 at the back, I think we will once again see a 3-5-2-1 formation. The talks of Lucas Cavallini and Brian White being played together seem like a pipe dream now. I do think Vanni will try and inject some more offense into the lineup with Ryan Gauld and Pedro Vite in the midfield.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps and Toronto FC kick off just after 1:00 pm PST so make sure to check out all the action. Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes as we get closer to game time from BC Place Stadium.
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Remember to bring your Toronto FC gear to switch out for Whitecaps gear at the Sunday afternoon match. You can exchange your Toronto FC kits for some better-looking Vancouver swag!