After a two and a half week World Cup break Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to MLS action on Wednesday night where they look to keep up their interrupted run of good form hosting long time Canadian Rival Montreal Impact at BC Place.
The Caps are hoping the extended layoff doesn’t disrupt the great momentum they had built up going unbeaten in their last seven outings leading up to the break. Those contests included galvanizing results against rival Seattle (2-2 draw) and Portland (4-3 win) before settling for a 3-3 draw in Philadelphia ahead of the rest over two weeks ago. Centre back Andy O’Brien thinks having gone into the break on a high note can only help. “Ya well it’s the same for both teams (the break) but I think from our perspective it came at an ideal time because we’re on a decent run of form but it’s important certainly with a home game we continue are good form.”
The other challenge for Whitecaps FC who currently occupies fifth spot in the Western Conference (5W-2L-6D) with 21 points through 13 games is to not underestimate the MLS basement dwelling Montreal Impact. The struggling Impact currently occupy last place overall in the league, in tenth spot in the Eastern Conference (2W-7L-4D) with just 10 points through 13 games played. Caps left back Jordan Harvey say’s the hosts will be sharp because they have a score to settle with the Impact, who are better than their record indicates. “They’ve been playing well we’ve been watching some video they do have great movement up top with some dangerous players, we definitely aren’t taken them lightly I still think back to the Canadian Championship when we tied here and lost to them here so we need to get this win, we need the three points.”
The one actual bright spot for Montreal this season was earlier this month when they claimed the Canadian Championship over Toronto FC.
Of note Whitecaps FC speedy young striker Erik Hurtado will look to keep up his fine play of late that has seen him come out of nowhere to score goals in five straight games. The Caps will see a change with their centre back duo with captain Jay DeMerit sidelined with an ankle tendon injury. It would appear that Andy O’Brien will get the start alongside either Johnny Leveron or Carlyle Mitchell.
Kickoff on Wednesday night goes just after 7 o’clock pm PT.