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Whitecaps look to regain dangerous edge 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) kicks the ball in front of Vancouver FC defender/midfielder Steven Beitashour (33) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mar 22, 2014; Foxborough, MA, U.S. (PHoto: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) kicks the ball in front of Vancouver FC defender/midfielder Steven Beitashour (33) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mar 22, 2014; Foxborough, MA, U.S. (PHoto: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Five points in three games isn't a bad start to the season — especially since two of them came on the road.

But when the Vancouver Whitecaps take to the BC Place pitch on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo, they'll look to get back on winning terms.

Of course, two straight draws away from home isn't something to be down about, even if the Whitecaps haven't exactly looked dangerous or anything similar to what fans saw in the season opener.

"Away from home, statistically teams don’t pick up a lot of points, and two difficult games it appears we have kept one clean sheet, and have not lost," defender Andy O'Brien said following the club's scoreless draw against the New England Revolution on Saturday. "The conditions didn’t make it easy for either side, but away from home with the distance that we travelled we are pleased with a point."

Goalkeeper David Ousted was the standout for Vancouver against the Revs, picking up his first clean sheet of the year with a three-save effort. But it was his stop in the early minutes on a New England corner that has many talking, and is now up for MLS save of the week.

"I’m always looking at what I can do better, but I’m glad with the performances I had in the first three games and hopefully I can continue," Ousted said. "We’re going to look forward to getting back into BC Place, getting back to our style of play. We have a tough opponent in Houston and we’ll do all we can to get ready for that."

 

 

 

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