Confident Whitecaps face Toronto FC
The Whitecaps and Toronto FC didn't leave on good terms last Wednesday. The two will meet again this week, this time at BC Place, for a change to advance to the Canadian Championships final. (REUTERS)
These last two weeks have had more ups than downs for the busy Vancouver Whitecaps.
And on Wednesday, they can end their stretch of four games in 12 nights on a high note when they host Toronto FC at BC Place.
The Reds are leading the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal 2-1 on aggregate after their victory in Ontario last week. But the Whitecaps — despite fielding a young squad — got an all-important away goal.
So there's confidence heading into a match that could see them advance to the final for the fourth straight season.
"This team reeks of confidence right now," midfielder Russell Teibert said. "We've had a good stretch of games and we feel we're playing good football right now.
"We'll be itching to play this Wednesday and take one step forward in the Canadian Championships."
The Whitecaps lineup will look similar to last week's squad — with Teibert getting the captain's band again and 17-year-old Marco Carducci in goal. Rookie Christian Dean will also play as head coach Carl Robinson said he believes in his players — inexperienced or not.
"We will be going all in," Robinson said. "There will be a change or two in there, but I want competition and we certainly have competition at the moment.
"I've got faith in these young guys. The way they learn is to give them opportunities and if it doesn't work out, I'm taking responsibilities for it. Whether it's the right decision or not, we'll see Wednesday night."
A 1-0 win would be enough for the Whitecaps to move on, but they obviously want to go for more. The team is also coming off a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, the team's first road victory of the season, so there's also some momentum there for this club.
"It'll be great if we can get more than one," Teibert said. "It'll make it a lot more easier on ourselves."