The Whitecaps Look To Take A Step Forward To The Finals In The Canadian Championship Against York United
The Whitecaps look to take a step forward to the finals in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday night at BC Place against York United. After an early first-round exit to Cavalry FC in 2019, followed by an abbreviated point style format for the shortened 2020 season. The Whitecaps fell to Pacific FC at Starlight Stadium, which resulted in the firing of head coach Marc Dos Santos Last August.
This year has been different as the Whitecaps were able to get past Valour FC 2-0 before a shootout victory over the aforementioned Cavalry FC 5-3 in penalty kicks. Now the Whitecaps have a chance to host the semi-final match against York United with the chance to host the Canadian Championship final at BC Place.
“We look forward to do a solid performance like we did in the first two games of the Canadian Championship.” Vanni Sartini said to the media on Tuesday afternoon. I asked him about what he makes of the York United side, “Well they’re a good team, they’re very aggressive, and so it’s kind of a question mark for tomorrow because they are very aggressive, they press a lot and I don’t know if tomorrow, [when they play against us] they are going to change their approach.
Projected Lineup, News, and Notes
Vanni Sartini has come out and said that the Canadian Championship and winning trophies is important to the club, this would also be a great opportunity to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League next season.
The head coach gave an injury update and Cristian Gutierrez, Michael Baldisimo and Sebastian Berhalter are all unavailable for the Caps. Thomas Hasal is still out for the Whitecaps but has returned to full training. Vanni Sartini mentioned he would get a start with the WFC2 squad before returning to the team full time in which the team would have two top keepers.
“So what we’ll do, the plan, it’s more or less the same that we’ve done with any other players. He will play one of the last two games with the WFC2 in order to get back into the rhythm of the game. And then it will be available again and will be I would say a nice competition because you know, Cody when he came on, it was very good. So I think that I’m happy because at the moment, we no longer have a number one or number two, but we have two number ones.”
New DP Andres Cubas also made an impact in the last match against FC Dallas and should factor in this week.
“He’s adjusting very well and very quickly, also is a kind of a player that he can adjust very quickly because he’s a tactical player. He’s a guy that he’s most I would say outstanding qualities are winning the ball back, recovering the ball, and being an outstanding midfielder. But at the same time, as you guys could see in Dallas he is a good striker is a good technique. You can give away the ball right to left and left to right. So I think that it’s showing all the qualities that made the target for us.”
Lucas Cavallini has been in fine form of late scoring an early goal in Dallas after his stint with the Canadian National Team. He should start up top Wednesday night for the Whitecaps. Ryan Gauld came off the bench but Vanni Sartini noted he wanted his best 11 on the pitch so expect to see Gauld starting. “So you know, you know me guys that I like to rotate a lot of players but I think that tomorrow will play the best 11 in order to win the game.”
Here is what I could see for the Vancouver Whitecaps vs York United starting lineup. Vanni Sartini wants to go with the best starting 11 so here is what I think it will be against York United. We should see the hybrid 3-4-2-1 formation or something close to it as the Caps will look to capitalize on the York United mistakes,
“So you guys know that I like to rotate a lot of players but I think tomorrow we’ll play the best 11 to win the game.” Vanni Sartini said about his starting lineup for Wednesday night’s match.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps will look to punch their ticket to host the Canadian Championship. It will take a victory at home over York United to make it happen but it will be an exciting match.
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