Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC welcomes Red Bull New
York to BC Place on Wednesday with the two sides picking up differing results
at the weekend.
New York saw its six-game unbeaten run come to an end on Sunday as it fell to
the Chicago Fire, 3-1, at Toyota Park, while Vancouver claimed a second
successive win by defeating the Colorado Rapids at home on Saturday.
The Whitecaps are looking to make it a clean sweep of their three-game
homestand while extending their unbeaten streak to five games. They have
already claimed a seventh win of the season, surpassing their total number of
victories from 2011.
"It was something we talked about and motivated us going into this game," said
Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie. "We want to keep the momentum of winning
going and stay on a good run of wins and good performances.
"It's significant because it's the seventh and it's more wins than the team
has had before in a season and hasn't been done before."
Sebastien Le Toux broke a seven-game goalless drought to record the lone tally
of the game, his first strike since April 18. The Frenchman has played all but
one minute in MLS action this season.
"For a while it can be in your head," Le Toux said. "For a long time I didn't
score. It was great for me, great for my confidence and great for the team to
get another win tonight, especially against Colorado - a big rival in our
league and our conference."
The Red Bulls defense struggled against Chicago and they will need to find a
way to contain the former Union striker.
"We need to defend better," said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. "That has to
be the starting point. We need to track different. We need to start better. We
have to alter our attacking game and be braver when we crosses and it was too
easy for both center backs to win those 50-50 balls.
"It's a lot of things that just have to be better. The passing game, too many
unforced errors, the pressure. It happens sometimes in games every now and
then and it's still frustrating."
New York has allowed seven goals in its last four games. The leaky defense is
the likely explanation as to why New York has dropped out of second place in
the Eastern Conference.
"When you don't give up goals, you win games," said goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
"When you give up three goals, it's almost impossible to win games. We almost
have to go back to the basics a little and start doing the stuff we did during
that run when we were winning games."