MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 17, 2012
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver (1-0-0) at Chivas USA (0-1-0), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be bringing a toned-
down approach to Saturday's match at The Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.
Vancouver opened the season with a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact, but head
coach Martin Rennie is cautioning his team to keep the victory in perspective.
"The players realize it's three points, which is excellent, but that's all it
is," Rennie said following the win over Montreal. "It's one win, and that
doesn't get you very far in the end, so we've got a lot of work to do and we
know that, and we're willing to put the effort in."
You can excuse the Whitecaps for not getting overly excited about last
weekend's victory, considering the fact that the club won its opening match
last season and proceeded to go winless in its next 14 league games.
"I can't say enough [about the team's performance]," Vancouver goalkeeper Joe
Cannon said. "It was good to see, but we have to keep it in perspective. Last
year, with what happened - I think we all thought we were going straight to
the cup after our first win. This year it's a lot different."
A win on Saturday against Chivas would make this year a lot different in
another sense, in that the 'Caps became one of only four MLS teams ever to go
winless away from home for an entire season last year.
Vancouver's 0-12-5 mark away from BC Place was a big source of disappointment
last term, but as the 'Caps players are quick to point out, this year is a lot
Chivas USA finished eight points above Vancouver in the Western Conference
last season, but both clubs finished well out of playoff contention.
Goats head coach Robin Fraser was disappointed his team took nothing from its
opening match with the Houston Dynamo, which ended in a 1-0 loss on a
stoppage-time goal from Houston's Andre Hainault.
But Fraser was pleased with how his team played, and feels that last weekend's
match provides the team with a good starting point and something to build on.
"There was no need to and no sense in hanging our heads, we'll come back and
we'll look at the things that we didn't do well enough and continue to pound
away at the things that we did do well," said Fraser. "We're a group that is
building and if this game is a starting point for what is a relatively new
group, I'm encouraged about where we're going to be."
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