Tonight, the Vancouver Whitecaps play their 3rd match in less than a week when they host FC Edmonton. Originally, tonight’s match was scheduled to be the second leg, but due to the untimely storm that hit Edmonton on the eve of the match, the CSA and match officials had no choice but to postpone the game. As a result, some would say that Edmonton now have the advantage by hosting the second leg. I wouldn’t say Edmonton have the advantage. If anything, it has leveled the playing field. I mean no disrespect to the Eddies. Each season Colin Miller is adding valuable pieces as he builds a talented team.
Edmonton’s defense might be a little shell shocked after a 4-2 defeat on the weekend at the hands of the New York Cosmos. While Vancouver earned their 6th shutout and 6th win of the MLS campaign after pounding the Philadelphia Union 3-0 at BC Place on Saturday evening. The score line flattered the Union. Edmonton will be suffering from tired legs when they step onto the pitch this evening while Vancouver will be well rested. With a weekend derby against the Seattle Sounders looming, Carl Robinson will field his reserves against Edmonton. Combining the aforementioned reasons with the home crowd behind them, the Whitecaps should be able to build up a comfortable lead to take on the road next week in Edmonton. However, a lopsided result is not a certainty. Edmonton will look to their performance last year against the Impact for inspiration. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Eddies could cause Vancouver a few problems.
I was hoping to see as many as 5 Canadians in the starting lineup for the Whitecaps. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Paolo Tornaghi will start in net for the Whitecaps. It is reasonable to believe that Carducci will back him up. Robert Earnshaw will surely get the start for Vancouver. The Welsh striker is a fantastic poacher and Edmonton will have to be on their toes.
On the Canadian talent front, Kianz Froese and Sam Adekugbe will both start. The bench will also likely include Caleb Clarke and Ben McKendry. Youth will be the name of the game for the Whitecaps. Youth make mistakes, which means if Edmonton can capitalize on their chances, this game could be a real death match.