Whitecaps Weekly Wednesday Mailbag

Whitecaps Weekly Wednesday Mailbag: Can Vancouver Keep Up The Form After A Strong May?

The Vancouver Whitecaps weekly Wednesday mailbag is back! After a 1-0 victory at Children’s Mercy Park against Sporting KC The Caps return home to take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday June 4th at BC Place Stadium. The win was Vancouver first road points of the season and the result propelled them out of the MLS Western Conference basement.

There will be lots of work to do this week as they take on the Real Salt Lake who sit 3rd in the western conference with 25 points. The Monarchs have made their mark this season with stout defensive play and great goalkeeping from former Whitecap Zack MacMath. They have only allowed 17 goals in 14 matches so far this year.

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Whitecaps Look To Stay Hot Against Real Salt Salt

The Whitecaps are coming in off a huge 1-0 victory thanks to a successful penalty kick from Lucas Cavallini. He will be unavailable this week as he away on international duty along with Javain Brown. Vannis Sartini spoke about how the team will handle not having Cavallini for the weekend.

“You know, we we played some some other times with without Lucas during the season because he was on the bench for a couple of games and we’ve been we’ve been good. So we know that Lucas is a very important player for us. But we are we are happy for him that for the next two weeks is with the national team and is pursuing his objective to go to World Cup”

Vanni also talked about the injuries the squad has had to deal with all season and if the start of the season would have been different if the team had been entirely healthy.

“You know, we’ve never been, I would say, all fit together. That’s true, but it’s also something that most of coaches dream all the time to have everyone, everyone ready and it’s rarely happens, I’ve seen that. I would say the way that our team needs to play the direction that a team’s needs to go in the last few games. So I hope that when everyone will be back from injuries and we’ll have players that we signed and they haven’t been here yet. It’s it’s gonna be an addition, and addition that bring the team to their full potential.”

Whitecaps Weekly Wednesday Mailbag

No mid week match this week which means the Weekly Mailbag is back! It has been a busy two weeks for the Vancouver Whitecaps with midweek matches and navigating the Canadian Championship. Vancouver heads into June after a 5-1-1 record in all competitions in May. I asked Vanni if the spirits are good in the locker room?

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Head Coach Vanni Sartini

“Everyone is really pumping up and I think the fact also that we played a lot of games and everyone started at least once everyone was an integral part of the success of demand there’s no one can that has been like, relegated to being on the sideline. So it’s, it’s, it’s really truly good and the mood is I would say it’s perfect and we need to keep building we need to keep working and keep getting results.”

Once again we shall see squad rotation as both Tristan Blackmon and Brian White have been back training with the first team this week. Vanni Sartini was asked about how close Brian White is and if he is a possibility this week.

Brian White Is Back Baby!

After missing the last two matches due to health and safety protocol, Brian White will be back available for Vanni Sartini and the Whitecaps Saturday afternoon against Real Salt Lake.

Brian White Update For The #VWFC

“He actually came here to train even the day that we were day off. We wanted to be ready to start with the team from Tuesday and he has been. it was full training today and yesterday, so he’s ready to go and he will start Sunday… Saturday, Saturday he will play for sure” Vanni getting the match day a bit off but it looks like White will be an option. Just in the nic of time with Lucas Cavallini heading away on international duty for 2 weeks.

This is great news for Vancouver with Cavallini heading away on international duty and Cristian Dajome out with a hamstring injury. Expect to see a combination of White, Deiber Caicedo and Tosaint Ricketts up top or maybe 2 attacking mids. That will depend on the health of Ryan Gauld which we will get to later.

Realistic Goals For The Vancouver Whitecaps

At the start of the season I predicted the Whitecaps would host a playoff match. That means they need to make it into the top 4 in the Western Conference. After the 1-0 road victory against Sporting KC, Vancouver sits 4 points out of a playoff spot and 10 points out of hosting a home match after 14 matches.

Realistic Expectations For The Vancouver Whitecaps

It will be an uphill battle for the Vancouver to make good on my prediction but I still think they can do it. Vanni Sartini hasn’t had a full compliment of players to work with yet this year. With the likes of Caio Alexandre getting healthy and Andre Cubas set to join the team in mid June we could see what Sporting Director Axel Schuster envisioned when he made all these moves.

I still think Vancouver will host a playoff match but peg me into the optimist union.

Rusty, Rusty, Rusty

The weekly Russell Teibert question from Absolutely Eze after the Caps won with him out of the lineup. Luckily for Eze he won’t have to worry again this week as Rusty is still out with an eye injury he suffered against Charlotte FC.

The Weekly Russell Teibert Question

It was curious to see Florian Jungwirth play a similiar role that Rusty does, and make a tonne of back passes, with very little push back from fans. Just throwing that out there…

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Russell Teibert Will Be Out This Weekend With An Eye Injury

The Gaulden Boy Returns To Training But Is Still A Question Mark

Ryan Gauld update…

Ryan Gauld has been so important to the Whitecaps this season but has dealt with a myriad of issues including injuries and MLS Health and Safety Protocol. He was back at training on Wednesday but not with the team. The hope is he can get back into the full swing of things by the end of the week and be an option for Vanni on Saturday against Real Salt Lake. If not he will be an option against Seattle the following week.

Whitecaps Abroad

No word on the Caps abroad at the moment but will have to inquire with the team about the plans for them this season.

Any News On The Caps Out On Loan?

Could We See More Erik Godoy?

Erik Godoy has been limited in matches with such a hectic May schedule. I asked Vanni Sartini if the minute restrictions would be lifted for June and how much we could expect to see him in the upcoming matches for the Vancouver Whitecaps?

“We know that he had problems in the past so we don’t want to take any unnecessary risk with him and overload him. So you know when we have a week of training, without games in the midweek games, is gonna be available 100%. So you can see easily scheduled for June, I think we’re gonna play five games, I think Erik [Godoy] can be available for at least four.”

Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm At BC Place stadium. Vancouver will look to continue their good play at home as they have picked up 11 of a possible 18 points at BC Place.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates about your Vancouver Whitecaps as we move closer to match day. Check out the Sports Talk Line Website for all your sports needs about Major League Soccer and much more!

The 90 + Podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus but Ben Righetti and myself hope to get back recording next week!

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