Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: BC Place – Sunday, July 26 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 8/11 – Draw 13/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 15/4
With top European sides touring the nation for preseason friendlies and the All-Star game less than a week away, Major League Soccer is very much in the spotlight. Vancouver won’t be thinking about any of that though as they look to keep their Western Conference title ambitions alive.
It will be important to note that MLS All-Star David Ousted has been a key part of their success so far, and a clean sheet come the end of play on Sunday is strong possibility. The home fans will expect three points and will want to see that three-game winless run end in this one.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 record in MLS: P21 – W10 – D3 – L8
San Jose are missing Chris Wondolowski hugely as the striker is still away with the USMNT. Quincy Amarikwa has been brought in from Chicago to replace ‘Wondo’ and he did net twice in last week’s game.
But despite a great start to the LA Galaxy in the California Clasico last Friday, Chicago were left bitterly disappointed with that 5-2 loss to their arch rivals and will hope to pick back up here.
San Jose Earthquakes’ 2015 record in MLS: P17 – W7 – D4 – L8
We have passed the halfway point of the season and San Jose will want to push strong for a playoff berth as the end of the regular season draws nearer with each passing week.
While Vancouver will be looking to regain top spot in the Western with a win as they are just two points behind FC Dallas in first place going into the weekend.
Vancouver Whitecaps are without Sam Adekugbe as he is still suffering with an ankle injury. Pedro Morales and Pa Modou Kah remain doubtful. Jordan Harvey is suspended, while Kendall Waston and Darren Mattocks are away on international duty.
San Jose Earthquakes are still without Designated Player Innocent Emeghara through injury as well as Steven Lenhart. Mike Fucito is a doubt with a hamstring injury. Cordell Cato and Chris Wondolowski are away on international duty.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: W/W/L/L/D
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/W/L/L/L
Key Stat: San Jose have yet to register a win when playing Vancouver away from home.
Key Player: Octavio Rivero – Only one goal in his last ten appearances isn’t the most threatening of records but Rivero has shown promise thus far, and we expect him to be the difference on Sunday night.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes – Vancouver may be in a dip of form, but you can still expect them to win comfortably against an out-of-shape San Jose side in this one.