Cellar-dwellers arrive at right time for Whitecaps 0
Darren Mattocks broke a scoring drought last Saturday, which could open the floodgates for the Whitecaps striker. (TJ Chase, 24 hours Vancouver)
The Vancouver Whitecaps are well aware that they shouldn't underestimate Chivas USA — even if they are the worst team in the Western Conference.
When the California-based squad visits BC Place turf Sunday, they will be greeted by a Whitecaps side in desperate need of a win to remain in good playoff-hunt position.
After suffering a 1-0 loss last week to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Vancouver has just four points in their last six games and have fallen to seventh in the West.
So this matchup to kick-start September against Chivas couldn't come at a more perfect time. Then again, don't be fooled by the Goats' lowly 5-14-6 record, especially after they beat the Eastern Conference’s second-ranked New York Red Bulls this past Sunday.
"That shows you we have to prepare properly," Kenny Miller said. "Definitely the games we've had against Chivas this year have been very competitive and pretty close. We're expecting pretty much the same, so as long as we prepare right and we get back to doing the things that we're good at, we'll be OK."
Vancouver will be without key midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker due to yellow-card accumulation, which means coach Martin Rennie will have to adjust his lineup.
"It is a loss for us … but we have played without him before," Rennie said of Reo-Coker. "We can change a couple players in the system that we play or we can slightly alter the system so that's what we need to decide in the next few days."
Rennie also expects striker Camilo to be available, after he remained on the bench last weekend with a groin injury.