After finally winning their first Amway Canadian Championship with an aggregate score of 4-2 against the Montreal Impact, the Whitecaps are having arguably, their best season ever since joining the MLS. Goals from Uruguayan Octavio Rivero and defender Tim Parker, ensured that the ‘Caps brought home the much sought after trophy. This is the first time in the history of the ‘Caps that they have achieved this milestone. To top it all off, homegrown player Russell Teibert was awarded the George Gross Memorial Trophy for being the most valuable player of the tournament.
After winning the Canadian championship, the Whitecaps returned to MLS play against the Houston Dynamo. The game ended unfavourably for the ‘Caps who lost by two goals to nil, but will now try to bounce back from the loss this Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids. Matias Labas and Kendall Watson will be unavailable for this match, as they both received red cards against Houston. This will be the third time the Whitecaps face off against Colorado in 2015, with the ‘Caps still looking for their first victory.
Despite being second last in the Western standings, the Rapids are currently on an impressive three game win streak. Coming off a 2-1 home win against Sporting Kansas City and with in-form striker, Kevin Doyle, having scored two goals in the last two games, Rapids’ coach Mastroeni will be looking to prolong his winning run in Vancouver. A win for the ‘Caps will see them displacing the LA Galaxy as frontrunners of the conference.
Following this game, the ‘Caps will have four fixtures left to play this month, and Coach Carl Robinson will be looking to use the full depth of his squad. The first game after the Rapids, see the Whitecaps playing their second Concacaf Champions league game against Honduran club, Olimpia. In last years tournament, the Montreal Impact were able to make it to the final, but couldn’t do enough to win. This is a feat the Whitecaps will be hoping to match, or better.
Following the clash with Olimpia, the ‘Caps have two games against Cascadian rivals, the Seattle Sounders. The ‘Caps end off the month by playing one of the newest additions to the MLS, New York City FC. With the likes of Pirlo, Lampard and David Villa potentially playing, this is a match ‘Caps fans are encouraged to watch live at BC Place.
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