After dominating the LA Galaxy and vaulting to top of the Supporters` Shield rankings, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to extend their win streak to 5 games as tonight they play hosts to the Crew. After several players made a strong case for being crowned Man of the Match against LA, Carl Robinson may have to make a few alterations to his starting lineup as his club plays its 2nd of 3 matches in a week.
Central defender, Diego Rodriguez, is eligible for selection after serving his 2 match ban and tonight is likely to be his first match in front of the home fans as it is predicted that he will get the nod over Pa-Modou Kah. On Saturday, Russell Teibert was stellar paired with Laba and I fully expect to see them starting against the Crew. Sam Adekugbe has been on the end of some harsh challenges of late so I expect him to receive a much needed rest for either the Crew or San Jose game.
Columbus will be without their star, Federico Higuain, due to a suspension he picked up during their last match against the Red Bulls. However, the Crew will have their other top attacking threat Kei Kamara available. The Crew will be earning some frequent flyer points this week as they fly to Foxborough to face the Revolution on Saturday. Like the Whitecaps, they may rest some of their starters due to this hectic schedule.
The Whitecaps have a history of dominating teams from the Eastern Conference. In fact, their opening day loss to Toronto FC was their only defeat in the last 13 games against Eastern Conference clubs. Squad rotation is likely to be evident tonight, especially since the Whitecaps have a big match up on the road in San Jose this weekend. That being said, the depth which Carl Robinson has available should be enough to lift the home side to their 5th consecutive victory. Anything less would be a disappointment considering their recent form.
A quick search on Twitter this morning would reveal a fair amount of Crew players enjoying the City of Glass. I bet Kamara wishes he signed with Vancouver.
— Mohammed K Saeid 8 (@Msaeid8) April 8, 2015