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Confidence soaring for Whitecaps after hot start 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Houston Dynamo during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 2-1. March 29, 2014; Vancouver. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Houston Dynamo during the second half at BC Place. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 2-1. March 29, 2014; Vancouver. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

There's a bit of a spring in the Vancouver Whitecaps' step this week. That much was evident.

Unbeaten so far and with a 2-0-2 record after the month of March, it's the best Major League Soccer start for this team since expansion.

And the good news is that they're still at home this coming weekend.

"It boosts confidence," Kenny Miller said. "Going into this weekend we can feel it, we can feel that confidence … and are always looking to improve. As long as we keep playing like that, creating the chances, and putting on that kind of performance, then we'll be good at home."

Excitement is a good way to describe what has gone on so far for the 'Caps. They have scored six times at home, which is second most in the league and have conceded just three goals all season, which is second fewest in the Western Conference — behind the Los Angeles Galaxy who have played two fewer games.

"I'm very pleased," head coach Carl Robinson said. "For us, good results, so very positive, but something for us to build on."

The Whitecaps host the Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Saturday.

The fall

Veteran midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker told his side of the story this week, explaining what happened with his latest freak injury.

"It was embarrassing, but I've had worse," Reo-Coker said of the accident. "I wasn't paying attention, went over a bike rack and smashed my head against the concrete, and I have a seriously gash on my head and suffered a little concussion.

"In a way, a funny story."

For now, he's just following league procedure before being cleared to play again.

"There are tests that have to be conducted," he said, adding he didn't need stitches. "It could have been a lot worse, there's a big scar on my face now … but these things happen."

 

 

 

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